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Prison Quotes

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 16

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 17

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 25

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: 12

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 16

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 19

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 13

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.

Epictetus
Total votes: 12

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 22

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 21

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

Seneca
Total votes: 22

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 17

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.

Geoffrey Fisher
Total votes: 19

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards, as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Total votes: 16

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 14

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 17

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Total votes: 18

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 16

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: 10

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 18

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: 14

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 15

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 14

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 16

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 18