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Prison Quotes

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

Earl Warren
Total votes: 43

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 40

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

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 65

I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40

(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
Total votes: 41

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 37

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 36

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 36

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: 39

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 44

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 34

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 41

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 32

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Winston Churchill
Total votes: 44

We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 46

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 34


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

Seneca
Total votes: 41

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 51

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 47

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: 42

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 29

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 80

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 39

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 51

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 35

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 48