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Prison Quotes

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

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 20

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

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 19

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 26

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 14

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Winston Churchill
Total votes: 18

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.

Will Rogers
Total votes: 17

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

Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.

Mr. Prophet
Total votes: 27

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 25

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: 20

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

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 20

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.

Marquis de Sade
Total votes: 12

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 18

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

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 25

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 21

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 11

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 20

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

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 19

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

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 17

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 19

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 16

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 25

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