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Prison Quotes

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 92

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

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 97

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 69

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 74

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: 57

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: 76

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 80

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 48

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 55

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 56

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

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 53

Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.

Ellen Wilkinson
Total votes: 38

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 52

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 64

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 50

One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.

Richard Cowan
Total votes: 99

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 78

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

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 83

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

A. E. Housman
Total votes: 64

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 59

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

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 89

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 54

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 56

The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.

 

Robert Mitchum
Total votes: 55