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Prison Quotes

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 44

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

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 31

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 32

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

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 36

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

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 33

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 23

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 36

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 33

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: 34

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 41

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
Total votes: 38

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 33

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 40

Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.

Ellen Wilkinson
Total votes: 22

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

George Santayana
Total votes: 31

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 32

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Georges Bataille
Total votes: 41

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 28

They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!

Jordan Couch
Total votes: 35

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 36

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

John Locke
Total votes: 21

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 35

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 54

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
Total votes: 34

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

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 30