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Prison Quotes

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 20

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 31

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

Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 24

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 27

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Calvin Coolidge
Total votes: 30

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: 31

I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 33

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 25

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Total votes: 27


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

Seneca
Total votes: 21

In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.

Raymond Chandler
Total votes: 27

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 24

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 28

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.

Geoffrey Fisher
Total votes: 24

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 30

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 21

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 28

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 28

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
Total votes: 23

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 23

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 21

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 23

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 17

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: 24