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Prison Quotes

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: 13

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

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 13

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 15

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 14

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: 9

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: 12

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 7

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 14

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 20

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 23

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: 20

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 12


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 7

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

Elizabeth Drew
Total votes: 18

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 10

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 11

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 8

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

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 17

I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40

(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
Total votes: 14

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 10

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

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 11

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

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 18

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

Reverend Martin Niemoeller
Total votes: 17

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

George Santayana
Total votes: 12

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 9