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Prison Quotes

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 11

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

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 20

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 12

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

Seneca
Total votes: 9

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 7

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: 14

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: 6

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 13

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: 12

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 13

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 14

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Calvin Coolidge
Total votes: 18

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 14

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 15

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 11

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 10

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: 12

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 12

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 9


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 9

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 10

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 15

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 11


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 12

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 14