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Prison Quotes

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: 43

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 57

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

William Gilmore Simms
Total votes: 50

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 43

They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!

Jordan Couch
Total votes: 58

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 50

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 65

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

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 52

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 47

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 49

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 56

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 53

To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
~Jim Bakker

Jim Bakker
Total votes: 63

We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 70

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Horace Mann
Total votes: 47

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 78

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 52

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 71

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 71

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 41

The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.

Kent Willis
Total votes: 52

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

Seneca
Total votes: 56

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 69

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

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

John Locke
Total votes: 44