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Prison Quotes

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
 

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 73

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 32

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 29

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 31

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 33

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 38

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

Gandhi
Total votes: 38

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 34

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: 35

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 25

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 35

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

A. E. Housman
Total votes: 40

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 41

I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.

Valentino Rossi
Total votes: 39

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: 51

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 33

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: 31

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 32


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 30

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 34

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 34

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 33

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 54

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 35

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