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Prison Quotes

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 33

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: 49

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 32

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

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 32

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 52

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 43

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 37

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

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 38

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.

Ramsey Clark
You voted 2. Total votes: 42

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 34

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

A. E. Housman
Total votes: 49

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: 45

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 77

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: 55

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 39

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 37

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 46


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

Seneca
Total votes: 42

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

George Washington
Total votes: 30

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.

Marquis de Sade
Total votes: 34

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 33

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: 42

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 53

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
You voted 1. Total votes: 62

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 36