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Prison Quotes

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 27

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
Total votes: 33

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 34


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 30

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 23

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 33

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 27

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 23

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 30

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 29

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

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 31

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: 38

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 27

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 29

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 37

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

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 26

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 38

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

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 27

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 35

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: 43

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 32

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 27

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Total votes: 27

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 18