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Prison Quotes

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
You voted 4. Total votes: 85

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 52

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 78

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 38

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 39

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 56

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 91

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 62

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 61

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 31

He had drawn many a thousand of these rations in prisons and camps, and though he'd never had an opportunity to weight them on scales, and although, being a man of timid nature, he knew no way of standing up for his rights, he, like every other prisoner, had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in the bread-cutting. There was short weight in every ration. The only point was how short. So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven't snitched any.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 53

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 74

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 66

It is not at the table, but in prison, that you learn who your true friends are.

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 67

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 78

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 51

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 56

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 48

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 39

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 46

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 33

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 39


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 41

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 47

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 80