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Prison Quotes

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: 21

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 25

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 16

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 17

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 23

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 22

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 27


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: 15

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: 24

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 24

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 11

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
Total votes: 17

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 15

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 25

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 19


Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

Anacharsis
Total votes: 18

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 15

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 17

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom.

Dwight David Eisenhower
Total votes: 21

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 14

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Carrie Chapman Catt
You voted 4. Total votes: 20

Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.

Archbishop Richard Whately
Total votes: 22

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 15

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

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 26