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Prison Quotes

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: 48


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 36

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 71

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 53

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Total votes: 51

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
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: 39

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
Total votes: 70

I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 60

It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.

Jacques Yves Cousteau
Total votes: 30

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 49

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 87

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 55

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 82

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 65

To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.

Voltaire
Total votes: 72

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: 43

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 54

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 39

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 54

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 53

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 78

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 58

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 47

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 37