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Prison Quotes

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: 48


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 50

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.

Ramsey Clark
Total votes: 51

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 51

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

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 44

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

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 94

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: 103

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 38

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: 40

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 68

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 47

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

James Bell
Total votes: 40

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 42

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

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 49

The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.

Kent Willis
Total votes: 47

Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca
Total votes: 42

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
Total votes: 45

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 48

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Total votes: 53

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 38

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 44

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 48

The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 43

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 47

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 67