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Prison Quotes

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 58

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 33

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 37

When it comes to freedom, we are but prisoners of our own desires.

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 28

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 41

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

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 30

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 30

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 51

I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.

Valentino Rossi
Total votes: 50

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 32

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 36

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: 37

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 33

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 33

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
Total votes: 38

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.

Daniel Webster
Total votes: 35

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 48

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 29

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 35

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

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 43


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: 35

Governments have tried to stop crime through punishment throughout the ages, but crime continued in the past punishment remains. Crime can only be stopped through a preventive approach in the schools. You teach the students Transcendental Meditation, and right away they’ll begin using their full brain physiology sensible and they will not get sidetracked into wrong things.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 36

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 46

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 24

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 31