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Many a wise person has pondered the plight of the prisoner. From Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde to Fyodor Dostoevsky, the issue of imprisonment has inspired many heartfelt remarks. The following quotes speak to our intellect as well as our emotions. In a society that rushes to warehouse human lives, we urge you to slow down, pause, and contemplate the unique reality of imprisonment. We hope you will find yourself thinking - perhaps even feeling - that we can do better.

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It may seem a hard task to condemn fellow creatures to long years of confinement in prison, but it is not so hard if they clearly deserve it.
~Thomas Mellon
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Maybe I won't stay out of prison. Who knows?
~Jack Kevorkian
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There's no doubt I expect to die in prison.
~Jack Kevorkian
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On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.
~Robert Anton Wilson
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Questions are a burden to others; answers are a prison for oneself.
~Patrick McGoohan
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Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
~Mary Wollstonecraft
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The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who "disappeared". That's what the candle is for.
~Peter Benenson
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The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.
~Israel Zangwill
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They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!
~Nellie Bly
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They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.
~Steve Buscemi
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