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Prison Quotes

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 33

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: 25

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 35

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 41

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 32

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 24

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

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 27

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
 

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 61

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

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 28

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

Seneca
Total votes: 24

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 23

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 28

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
Total votes: 27

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 30

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.

Sir Philip Sidney
Total votes: 16

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

George Washington
Total votes: 16

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: 39

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 22

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

Suge Knight
Total votes: 22

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 23

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 26

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 29

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 28

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 21

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: 29