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Prison Quotes


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 21

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 22

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 27

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: 25

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 23

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: 31

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 22

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: 26

Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 26

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 20

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell
You voted 4. Total votes: 24

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 30

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 27

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 24

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 27

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 21

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

Warren E. Burger
Total votes: 23

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

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 28

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 19

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 22

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 40

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 27

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 29

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 28

It was only when I lay there on the rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states nor between social classes nor between political parties, but right through every human heart, through all human hearts. And that is why I turn back to the years of my imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those about me, bless you, prison, for having been a part of my life.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 25