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Prison Quotes

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 44

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: 41

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 53

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: 41

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 52

I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.

Fredrich August von Hayek
Total votes: 55

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 38

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 46

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 32

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

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 46

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 44

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 37

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 50

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.

Johnnie Cochran
Total votes: 35

He had drawn many a thousand of these rations in prisons and camps, and though he'd never had an opportunity to weight them on scales, and although, being a man of timid nature, he knew no way of standing up for his rights, he, like every other prisoner, had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in the bread-cutting. There was short weight in every ration. The only point was how short. So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven't snitched any.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 42

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 33

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: 75

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: 40

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: 47


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 32

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 29

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 44

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 36

We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 44

Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.

Jean Genet
Total votes: 39