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Prison Quotes

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 14

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 14

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
Total votes: 14

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 14

The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 16

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 14

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: 14

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 12

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 15

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 14

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 12


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 10

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 13

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: 13

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 11

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards, as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
You voted 5. Total votes: 12


Whatever is worthy to be loved for anything is worthy of preservation. A wise and dispassionate legislator, if any such should ever arise among men, will not condemn to death him who has done or is likely to do more service than injury to society. Blocks and gibbets are the nearest objects with legislators, and their business is never with hopes or with virtues.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 13

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 8

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

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 15

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 7

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

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 14

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 20

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 14

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 7

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 11