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Prison Quotes

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 37

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 24

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 20

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 25

Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.

Mr. Prophet
Total votes: 35

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 27

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 18

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 29

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 24

Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.

Archbishop Richard Whately
Total votes: 26

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: 23

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 16

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
 

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 29

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 21

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 22

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 24

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 22

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 22

If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes! It is such a fraud.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 22

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: 26

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 21

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

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 25

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 23

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 26

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 25