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Prison Quotes

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: 56

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 44

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 45

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 38

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 48

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 50

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 40

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 38


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 36

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 62

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Robert Anton Wilson
Total votes: 36

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 46

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 36

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 58

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 86

Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving, An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Total votes: 43

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: 46

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 52

History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.

Naguib Mahfouz
Total votes: 57

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 45

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

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 44

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 49

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 46

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 34

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 47