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Prison Quotes

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 34

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 32

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 31

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 33

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Georges Bataille
Total votes: 35

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

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 28

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 26

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 29

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 25

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 30


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 29

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 31

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

Denis Healey
Total votes: 32

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 26

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: 26

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 24

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 25

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 37

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 27

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 30

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 32

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 34

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 32

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 27

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 23