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Prison Quotes

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

George Santayana
Total votes: 37

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 36

Governments have tried to stop crime through punishment throughout the ages, but crime continued in the past punishment remains. Crime can only be stopped through a preventive approach in the schools. You teach the students Transcendental Meditation, and right away they’ll begin using their full brain physiology sensible and they will not get sidetracked into wrong things.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 37

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 56

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 38

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: 30


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

Seneca
Total votes: 42

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 63

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 52

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 65

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 43

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 36

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 41

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 44

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 52

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 35

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 33

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 31

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 40

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 38

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Total votes: 61

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 27

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: 30

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

Suge Knight
Total votes: 35

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 32