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Prison Quotes

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 13

I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker's to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour -- for the horse was soon tackled -- was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 18

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 13

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

James Bell
Total votes: 14

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.

William Gurnall
Total votes: 12

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 24

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 16

Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 14

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.

Epictetus
Total votes: 10

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 14

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 9

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 14

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

A. E. Housman
Total votes: 19

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 14

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 15

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 11

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 21

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 13

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 14

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 21

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 9

I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40

(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
Total votes: 15

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 20

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 15

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 10