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Prison Quotes

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 49

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 39

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 75

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 71


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 41

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 51

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

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 44

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.
You voted 4. Total votes: 33

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 55

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: 52

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 58

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 42

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 46

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 83

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
Total votes: 70

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 47

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 38

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 35

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 44

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 42

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 42

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 54

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

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 35

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 43

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: 45