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Prison Quotes


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 68

I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker's to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour -- for the horse was soon tackled -- was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 54

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 124

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 57

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: 75

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 43

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: 28

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 36

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 52

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

Warren E. Burger
Total votes: 68

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 46

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 38

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: 38

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 67


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

Seneca
Total votes: 56

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 34

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 35

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 48

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

Robert Rice
Total votes: 47

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 63

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 40

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 37

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: 46

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.

Epictetus
Total votes: 29

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 43