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Prison Quotes

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 34

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 30

When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.

Jessica Mitford
Total votes: 35

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 30


Whatever is worthy to be loved for anything is worthy of preservation. A wise and dispassionate legislator, if any such should ever arise among men, will not condemn to death him who has done or is likely to do more service than injury to society. Blocks and gibbets are the nearest objects with legislators, and their business is never with hopes or with virtues.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 31

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

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 28

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 46

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 30

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 38

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

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 31

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 31

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 26

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 26

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: 31

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 33

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 27

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 28

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 27

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

Lewis W. Dilwyn
Total votes: 31

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 29

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 30

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

William Gilmore Simms
Total votes: 31

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 36

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 32

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 36