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Prison Quotes

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 12

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: 11

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 14

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 15

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 10

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 8

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 14

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 14

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 13

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 12

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 12

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: 19

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 21

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: 11

No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 15

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 10

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 14

He had drawn many a thousand of these rations in prisons and camps, and though he'd never had an opportunity to weight them on scales, and although, being a man of timid nature, he knew no way of standing up for his rights, he, like every other prisoner, had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in the bread-cutting. There was short weight in every ration. The only point was how short. So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven't snitched any.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 11

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

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 16

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 13

I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40

(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
Total votes: 14

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: 5


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: 13

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 12

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 14