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Prison Quotes

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

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 38

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 30

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Total votes: 44

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 46

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 33

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 24

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 27


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

Seneca
Total votes: 32

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 37

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 39

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.

William Gurnall
Total votes: 33

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 20

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: 34


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 42

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: 68

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.

James Usher
Total votes: 49

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 37

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 42

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

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 34

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 37

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 34

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 40

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 28

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 36

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 34