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Prison Quotes

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: 103


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 57

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 72

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 63

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 46

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 69

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 53

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
Total votes: 64

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 64


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

Seneca
Total votes: 68

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 39

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 61

I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: prisons are archaic, brutal, unregenerative, overcrowded hell holes where the inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one humane thought given to what they are going to do once they are released. You're an animal in a cage and you're treated like one.

Jimmy Hoffa
Total votes: 93

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 48


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 50

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 61

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 37

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 69

One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.

Richard Cowan
Total votes: 100

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 49

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: 70

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: 46

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 91

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: 59

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.

Will Rogers
Total votes: 38