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Prison Quotes

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Winston Churchill
Total votes: 18

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 14

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 17

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

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 19

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 26

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
You voted 3. Total votes: 30


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: 17

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: 21

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: 18

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

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 19

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 24

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: 24

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 17

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
You voted 4. Total votes: 17

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 19

To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.

Lewis W. Dilwyn
You voted 5. Total votes: 21

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: 13

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: 18

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

Suge Knight
Total votes: 17

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 20

Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.

Laurence Housman
Total votes: 31


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

Seneca
Total votes: 15

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 20


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 15

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
You voted 3. Total votes: 12