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Prison Quotes

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 12

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: 11

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 13

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.

Johnnie Cochran
Total votes: 16

I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: prisons are archaic, brutal, unregenerative, overcrowded hell holes where the inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one humane thought given to what they are going to do once they are released. You're an animal in a cage and you're treated like one.

Jimmy Hoffa
Total votes: 20

Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca
Total votes: 9

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.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 8

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: 14

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 21

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 10

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 15

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 14

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 10

I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40

(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
Total votes: 14

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 20

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 7

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 12


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 11

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 10

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

Nelson Mandela
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: 11

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

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 10

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 13

The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.

 

Robert Mitchum
Total votes: 10

Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense.

Walter E. Williams
Total votes: 18