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Prison Quotes

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 68

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 64

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 56

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 44

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: 108

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 54

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

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 88

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 50

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 46

Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca
Total votes: 48

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 83

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: 57

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 46

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 49

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Total votes: 119

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 57

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 57

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 69


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: 80

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 50

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: 90

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 39

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: 46

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 78

The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.

Edwin M. Schur
Total votes: 50