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Prison Quotes

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 21

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

George Santayana
Total votes: 16

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

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 14

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 15

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 11

One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.

Richard Cowan
Total votes: 13

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

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 14

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 9

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 14

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 14

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: 12

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 15

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: 17

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 10

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

Reverend Martin Niemoeller
Total votes: 19

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 14

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 17

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 16

America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.

George W. Bush
Total votes: 12


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 11

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

Dan Duva
Total votes: 19

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 15

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 19

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 11

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 10