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Prison Quotes

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 46

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 70

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

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: 27

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 51

Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 37

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 63

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 42

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 37

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: 57


Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

Anacharsis
Total votes: 36

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 53

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
Total votes: 38

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 62

The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.

P. D. Ouspensky
Total votes: 32

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 53


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 35

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 44

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

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 39

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 57

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: 60

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 37

Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.

Ellen Wilkinson
Total votes: 29