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Prison Quotes

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

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 28

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 39

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: 37

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 31

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.

Will Rogers
Total votes: 27

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 42

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 39

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 47

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 46

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 43

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 39

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 34

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 46


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 42

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 34

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
 

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 78

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 41

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 29

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 50

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 33

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

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Total votes: 36

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
Total votes: 36

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 37

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 57