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Prison Quotes

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 95

Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.

Laurence Housman
Total votes: 52

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 49

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 49

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: 56

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 69

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 42

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 87

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 49

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 64

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)
You voted 5. Total votes: 41

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 44

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 39

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 68

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 62

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 85

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 70

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 54

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

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 45

To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.

Voltaire
Total votes: 89

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: 53

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 63

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 72

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 67

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 46