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Prison Quotes

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 48

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 46


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 48

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 40

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 35

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 39

If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes! It is such a fraud.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 46

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 46


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.

Anacharsis
Total votes: 48

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: 65

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
You voted 5. Total votes: 68

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

Aristotle
You voted 1. Total votes: 71

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: 47

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 66

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: 47

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Calvin Coolidge
Total votes: 49

To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
~Jim Bakker

Jim Bakker
Total votes: 51

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 45

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 48

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 41

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 47

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 43

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

David Herbert Lawrence
Total votes: 37

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

Titus Livy
You voted 2. Total votes: 65

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 61