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Prison Quotes

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 53

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 72

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 36

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: 64

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 90

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.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 54

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 46

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 74

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 49


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 68

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 54

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 89

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 48

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 78

History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.

Naguib Mahfouz
Total votes: 73

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 71

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 52

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 68

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 104

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

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 65

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 49

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 54

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.

James Usher
Total votes: 82

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: 44

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 50