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Prison Quotes

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

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 53

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

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 87

It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.

Jacques Yves Cousteau
Total votes: 42

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 90

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

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 39

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 74

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 71

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 76

Show me the prison, Show me the jail, Show me the prisoner whose life has gone stale. And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why And there, but for fortune, go you or I.

Phil Ochs
Total votes: 44

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 72

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

William Gilmore Simms
Total votes: 50

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 47

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 71

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 60

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

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 59

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: 56

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 64

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 45

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 54

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 89

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 52

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 51

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 98

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 69

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: 143