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Prison Quotes

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 46

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

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 49

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 41

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 59

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 66

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: 38

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 48

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 44

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 52


Whatever is worthy to be loved for anything is worthy of preservation. A wise and dispassionate legislator, if any such should ever arise among men, will not condemn to death him who has done or is likely to do more service than injury to society. Blocks and gibbets are the nearest objects with legislators, and their business is never with hopes or with virtues.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 59

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 45

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.

Daniel Webster
Total votes: 42

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
You voted 1. Total votes: 51

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 62

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 39

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 44

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 62

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 46


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 82

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

John Locke
Total votes: 39

The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.

Edwin M. Schur
Total votes: 46

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

Jerry Brown
You voted 5. Total votes: 47

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 44

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