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Prison Quotes

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 48

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 58

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

David Herbert Lawrence
Total votes: 37

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 52

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 73

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 38

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

Suge Knight
Total votes: 44

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 38

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 48

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 72

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 56

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 37

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 33

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

Seneca
Total votes: 51


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 43


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 80

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 67

I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: prisons are archaic, brutal, unregenerative, overcrowded hell holes where the inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one humane thought given to what they are going to do once they are released. You're an animal in a cage and you're treated like one.

Jimmy Hoffa
Total votes: 85

Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.

Laurence Housman
Total votes: 48

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 36

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 54

The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.

 

Robert Mitchum
You voted 2. Total votes: 40

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
You voted 5. Total votes: 86

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 44


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 48