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Prison Quotes

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 61

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 57

To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.

Lewis W. Dilwyn
Total votes: 50

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 93

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: 56

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

Denis Healey
Total votes: 115


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 50

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 71

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
Total votes: 58

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 34

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

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 51

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 80

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

Earl Warren
Total votes: 64

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.

Germaine Greer
Total votes: 120

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 54

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

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 60

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 50

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 91

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 63

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 73

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

John Locke
Total votes: 44

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
Total votes: 86

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 108

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
You voted 1. Total votes: 54

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: 91