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Prison Quotes

He had drawn many a thousand of these rations in prisons and camps, and though he'd never had an opportunity to weight them on scales, and although, being a man of timid nature, he knew no way of standing up for his rights, he, like every other prisoner, had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in the bread-cutting. There was short weight in every ration. The only point was how short. So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven't snitched any.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 15

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 19

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
Total votes: 23

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
Total votes: 17

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: 21

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
 

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 26

When it comes to freedom, we are but prisoners of our own desires.

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 14

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 25

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 17

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

Gandhi
Total votes: 19

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 17

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Total votes: 18

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 27

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 23

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 17

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

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 28

You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.

Bronislaw Malinowski
Total votes: 20

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 17

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 25

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: 23

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

Elizabeth Drew
Total votes: 25

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 21

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 30

Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.

Jean Genet
Total votes: 22

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: 15