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Prison Quotes

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 35


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: 33

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 43

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 39

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 42

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: 26

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 44

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 38

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
 

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 76

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: 57

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: 34

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

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 46

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 34

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 61

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 38

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 39

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 33

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 37

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 41

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 33

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

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 26

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 34

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 55

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 47

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 38