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Prison Quotes

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 21

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: 22

The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.

P. D. Ouspensky
Total votes: 15

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 25

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 19


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: 16

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 17

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 18

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

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 24

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 19

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 16

No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 24

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 30

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 22

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.

William Gurnall
Total votes: 19


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 19

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 19

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Total votes: 20

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

Seneca
Total votes: 20


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 15

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 18

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 16

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 17

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 24

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 18