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Prison Quotes

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 16

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 18

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 14

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 12

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.

Geoffrey Fisher
Total votes: 16

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 21

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 13

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

Jeffrey Archer
You voted 4. Total votes: 15

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.

Epictetus
Total votes: 10

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.

Ramsey Clark
Total votes: 17

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 12

I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.

Valentino Rossi
Total votes: 15

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.

Sir Philip Sidney
Total votes: 7

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: 17

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 18

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.

W. C. Fields
Total votes: 14

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 21

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

George Bernard Shaw
You voted 2. Total votes: 16

I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 23

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.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 14

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 13

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 14

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

Seneca
Total votes: 11

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 13


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: 15