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Prison Quotes

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: 59

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 50

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 64

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 39

Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.

Jean Genet
Total votes: 43

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 35

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 43

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

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 35

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 43

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 57

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 45

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 33

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 40

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 39

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 37

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 32

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 48

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Horace Mann
Total votes: 36

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Total votes: 46

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 38

They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!

Jordan Couch
Total votes: 43

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 60

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: 35

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 46

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 38