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Prison Quotes

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 57

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: 58

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 64

The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.

 

Robert Mitchum
Total votes: 34

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.

Marquis de Sade
Total votes: 34

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

Seneca
Total votes: 35

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 46

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 33

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.

Sir Philip Sidney
Total votes: 44

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 38

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 34

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 26

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 69

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 34

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 38

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 93

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

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 31

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 31

It is not at the table, but in prison, that you learn who your true friends are.

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 56

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: 36

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

Elizabeth Drew
Total votes: 55

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Georges Bataille
Total votes: 50

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: 41

To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.

Voltaire
Total votes: 58

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

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 38