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Prison Quotes

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 46

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: 36

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 41

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: 37

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 46

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 30

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 38

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 43

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: 27

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 37

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Total votes: 61

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 34

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.

Will Rogers
Total votes: 27

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 30

I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40

(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
Total votes: 41

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 31

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

Seneca
Total votes: 32

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 34

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: 41

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 53

You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.

Bronislaw Malinowski
Total votes: 52

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: 50

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 38

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 34

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 35