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Prison Quotes

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 13

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 13

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 14

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: 14

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 12

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: 22

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

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 12

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 21

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 16

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 18

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 22

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: 24

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 9

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 23

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: 14

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 17

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 21

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

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 14

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 14

In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.

Raymond Chandler
Total votes: 15

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 10

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: 14


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 12

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 14

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 15