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Prison Quotes

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 52

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 37

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 46

Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense.

Walter E. Williams
Total votes: 69

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 38

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 31

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 35

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 39

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 43

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: 58

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 56

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 38

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 80

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 34


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 66

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 121

When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.

Jessica Mitford
Total votes: 42

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 65

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 62

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 65


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 43

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 49

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 40

One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.

Richard Cowan
Total votes: 79

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 88