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Prison Quotes

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 43

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Total votes: 119


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 48

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 49

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 52

You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.

Bronislaw Malinowski
Total votes: 81

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 49

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 87

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 53

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

Elizabeth Drew
Total votes: 78

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 90

The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.

David Herbert Lawrence
Total votes: 43

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 59

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 54

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: 67

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 49

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 65

When it comes to freedom, we are but prisoners of our own desires.

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 50

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 51

We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 70

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 73

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 52

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.

Daniel Webster
Total votes: 55

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 51

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

Reverend Martin Niemoeller
Total votes: 56