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Prison Quotes

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: 28

In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 36

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 32

The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.

 

Robert Mitchum
Total votes: 31

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 30

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 26

He was a first-time nonviolent possible offender, ... And under the mandatory minimums, he was put in prison for 15 years. Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but the mandatory minimums don't give judges any discretion to look at the background of the case, to read into the specifics of the case. I don't know a judge who really is in favor of the mandatory minimums.

Carly Simon
Total votes: 25

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 44

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 49

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 35

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 35

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 39

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 35

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.

Epictetus
Total votes: 25

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 41

The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 38

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 36

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 40

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 35

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: 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: 41

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

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 45

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

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 56

I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker's to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour -- for the horse was soon tackled -- was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 51