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Prison Quotes

In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.

Raymond Chandler
Total votes: 57


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 67

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 55

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: 53

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

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 86

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 89

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: 89

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 90

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 60

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: 77

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 64

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 104

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 79

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 96

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 61

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: 48

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 89

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 73

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: 117

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 54

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.

W. C. Fields
Total votes: 115

In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 42

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 80

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 56

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: 111