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Prison Quotes

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 23

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 25

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 19

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 15

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 20

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 25

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: 16

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 19

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 20

I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.

Fredrich August von Hayek
Total votes: 18

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: 29

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

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 17

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 13

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 17

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 18


Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.

Mike Epps
Total votes: 25

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: 19

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 28

Governments have tried to stop crime through punishment throughout the ages, but crime continued in the past punishment remains. Crime can only be stopped through a preventive approach in the schools. You teach the students Transcendental Meditation, and right away they’ll begin using their full brain physiology sensible and they will not get sidetracked into wrong things.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 19

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
You voted 3. Total votes: 24

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 16

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 25

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: 20

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 16

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 16