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Prison Quotes

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
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

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 13

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.

Johnnie Cochran
You voted 3. Total votes: 22

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 16

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 18

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 16

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 17

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.

Ramsey Clark
Total votes: 23

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 18

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 14

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 24

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 19

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 17

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 20

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 22


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 17

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 17

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 17

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 19

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 12

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 21

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: 28

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: 14

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

A. E. Housman
Total votes: 24