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Prison Quotes

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 14

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 15

History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.

Naguib Mahfouz
Total votes: 18


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 14

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Robert Anton Wilson
Total votes: 9

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 14

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 10

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

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 25

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 9

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: 18

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 19

If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!

James Connolly
Total votes: 12

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 24

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 19

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.

Johnnie Cochran
Total votes: 20

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 10

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 13

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 15

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 21

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: 15

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: 16

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 23

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 15

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 17