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Prison Quotes

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 46

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Calvin Coolidge
Total votes: 49

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 46

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 45

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: 46

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 40


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 60

When it comes to freedom, we are but prisoners of our own desires.

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 43

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 71

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

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 39

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 43

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: 41

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 88

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: 97

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 45

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

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 49

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: 58

To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
~Jim Bakker

Jim Bakker
Total votes: 54

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 58

He was a first-time nonviolent possible offender, ... And under the mandatory minimums, he was put in prison for 15 years. Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but the mandatory minimums don't give judges any discretion to look at the background of the case, to read into the specifics of the case. I don't know a judge who really is in favor of the mandatory minimums.

Carly Simon
Total votes: 37

Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.

Ellen Wilkinson
Total votes: 35

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

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 64

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 70

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 45

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: 45