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Prison Quotes

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: 62

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

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 46

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 89

It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.

Jacques Yves Cousteau
Total votes: 28

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: 61

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 69

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 47

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 74

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: 44

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: 37

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 38

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 38

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 38

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 43

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 38

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 35


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 56

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 34

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: 40

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 40

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 40

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 95

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 48

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 36

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 56