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Prison Quotes

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 55

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 52

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 42

The law does not pretend to punish

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 106

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 56

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 54

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 83

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

Aeschylus
You voted 2. Total votes: 50

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 113

Prison continues, on those who are

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: 47

Nothing can be more abhorrent to

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Winston Churchill
Total votes: 55

I just remember that disturbing feeling

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 52

If you want total security, go to

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom.

Dwight David Eisenhower
Total votes: 54

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 58

I asked a man in prison once how he

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: 95

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 90

The idea that the sole aim of punishment

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 75

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 67

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 72

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 86