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Prison Quotes

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 37

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 68

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 50

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 47

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

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

America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.

George W. Bush
Total votes: 48

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.

Marquis de Sade
Total votes: 46

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 87


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: 79


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 50

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 68

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 76

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 59

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: 108

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: 76

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 56

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 57

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 47

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: 43

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 64

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

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 41

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 58

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 69

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 70