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Prison Quotes

To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.

Voltaire
Total votes: 76

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 66

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 45

When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.

Jessica Mitford
Total votes: 47

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: 66

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: 34

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 72

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 39

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 81

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 52

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: 42

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 69

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 44

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 46

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 97

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 69

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 49

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: 62

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 66

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 57

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 40

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: 45

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 41

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

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 45

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 57