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Prison Quotes

I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.

Fredrich August von Hayek
Total votes: 51

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 29

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 35

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.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 34

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 47

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 39

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 39

The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.

P. D. Ouspensky
Total votes: 29

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

Reverend Martin Niemoeller
Total votes: 41

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 33

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

Earl Warren
Total votes: 42

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

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 40


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 32

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 28

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 27

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 35

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 35

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 35

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: 43

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 52

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 31

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: 40

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 43

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 62

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 43