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Prison Quotes

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 36

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 25

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 44

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

Seneca
Total votes: 32

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

In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.

Raymond Chandler
Total votes: 38


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

Seneca
Total votes: 36

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 30


Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.

Mike Epps
Total votes: 35

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 51

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 44

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

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 35

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

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 30

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 31

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: 46

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 40

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

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 40

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 35


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 32

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 51

If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes! It is such a fraud.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 33

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 62

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 50

It is not at the table, but in prison, that you learn who your true friends are.

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 48

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 52