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Prison Quotes

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

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 47

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

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 49

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 58

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 43

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

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 90

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 41

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 41

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 46

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
You voted 1. Total votes: 43

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 60

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

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 73

To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.

Lewis W. Dilwyn
Total votes: 41

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 95

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

Valentino Rossi
Total votes: 80

To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
~Jim Bakker

Jim Bakker
Total votes: 51

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Total votes: 68

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 40

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 46

On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.

Michael Badnarik
Total votes: 60

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 46

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

H. L. Mencken
You voted 1. Total votes: 48

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: 57

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: 61

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 66