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Prison Quotes

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 45

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 41

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 36

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

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 49

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

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 89

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 66

I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 64

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 36

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 65

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

Johnnie Cochran
Total votes: 41

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: 57

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 67

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 39

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 46

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

Suge Knight
Total votes: 44

Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving, An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Total votes: 44

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: 85

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.

James Usher
Total votes: 70

Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.

Robert Rice
Total votes: 48

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: 76

I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40

(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
Total votes: 43


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 41

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 39

The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.

Edwin M. Schur
Total votes: 45

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 39