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Prison Quotes

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Robert Anton Wilson
You voted 1. Total votes: 36

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
You voted 4. Total votes: 70

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 43

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: 39

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 44

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 43

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 80

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 62

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 51

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

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 50

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

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 87

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 41

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 76

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 46

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 44

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
 

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 93

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

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 51

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 64

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.

Sir Philip Sidney
Total votes: 54

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom.

Dwight David Eisenhower
Total votes: 46


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
You voted 5. Total votes: 45

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: 66

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 38

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 62

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
Total votes: 71