Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.
Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.
Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
Governments have tried to stop crime through punishment throughout the ages, but crime continued in the past punishment remains. Crime can only be stopped through a preventive approach in the schools. You teach the students Transcendental Meditation, and right away they’ll begin using their full brain physiology sensible and they will not get sidetracked into wrong things.
Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
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.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
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.”
The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
It is not at the table, but in prison, that you learn who your true friends are.
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.