The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.
The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.
When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
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.
Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.
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.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.