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Prison Quotes

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Total votes: 27

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Total votes: 25

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 20


Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

Anacharsis
Total votes: 25


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 24

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
You voted 5. Total votes: 30

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 22

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 21

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.

Marquis de Sade
Total votes: 17

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 32

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 24

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 28

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 18

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

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 25

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: 61

It was only when I lay there on the rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states nor between social classes nor between political parties, but right through every human heart, through all human hearts. And that is why I turn back to the years of my imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those about me, bless you, prison, for having been a part of my life.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 25


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 20

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 23

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 25

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 23

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

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 27

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

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 29

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: 27

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 28

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 26