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Prison Quotes

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: 36

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 40

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 23

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: 32

When it comes to freedom, we are but prisoners of our own desires.

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 24

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 31

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 28

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

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 31

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 30

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 26


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 33

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 27

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 44

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 39

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 34

The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.

Kent Willis
Total votes: 33

We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.

Chris Patten
Total votes: 34

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 41

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 32

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 37

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 34

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 38

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: 40

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 26

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 33