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Prison Quotes

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

John Locke
Total votes: 44

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 45

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 49

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 47

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

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 60

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 78

The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 54

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 49

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 49


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 57

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 71

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
Total votes: 76

If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!

James Connolly
Total votes: 42

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 43

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 89

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 75

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 43

Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.

Ellen Wilkinson
You voted 2. Total votes: 39

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 56

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

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 54

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 83

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 50

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


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

Seneca
Total votes: 68

We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.

Chris Patten
Total votes: 86