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Prison Quotes

In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 38

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

William Gilmore Simms
Total votes: 43

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 35

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
You voted 1. Total votes: 63

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
You voted 5. Total votes: 55

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: 38

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 51

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 42

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 73

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 48

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 44

America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.

George W. Bush
Total votes: 31

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 56

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 39

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 44

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 39


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

Seneca
Total votes: 55

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: 95

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 37

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 35

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: 78

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 31

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 55

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 62

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 45