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Prison Quotes

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 20

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 24

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 15

When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.

Jessica Mitford
Total votes: 23

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

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 20

One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.

Richard Cowan
Total votes: 15

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 27

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 13

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 27

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 26

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 25

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 20

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 20

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 16

You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.

Bronislaw Malinowski
Total votes: 20

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

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 17

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 11

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

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 15

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 15

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: 23

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 13


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 18

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 17

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

Denis Healey
Total votes: 21