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Prison Quotes

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 24

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards, as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Total votes: 26

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: 35


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: 20

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 25

No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 29

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

Earl Warren
Total votes: 34

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 26

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: 35

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 28

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 37

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 28

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

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 29

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 27

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: 29

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 30

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 29

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 35

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

John Locke
Total votes: 19

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 30

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 37

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
You voted 1. Total votes: 31


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 26

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: 26

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 30