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Prison Quotes

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 34

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 33

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 24

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: 43

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

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 46

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 52

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 37

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 52

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 34

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 56

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 80

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 56

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

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 35

They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!

Jordan Couch
Total votes: 41

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

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 46

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

Earl Warren
Total votes: 44

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
Total votes: 40

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 40

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

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 49

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 32

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 40

Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca
Total votes: 33

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.

Geoffrey Fisher
Total votes: 36

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

Warren E. Burger
Total votes: 51

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

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 38