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Prison Quotes

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 53

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

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 30

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 28

Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.

Archbishop Richard Whately
Total votes: 55

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 33

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: 51

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Georges Bataille
Total votes: 47

Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.

Mr. Prophet
Total votes: 46

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: 34

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: 40

On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.

Michael Badnarik
Total votes: 50

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 37

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 41

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 47

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Total votes: 66

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 38

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 46

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 35

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 24

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

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 31

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

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 35

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 31

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: 38

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 39

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 42