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Prison Quotes

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 108

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Total votes: 72

He was a first-time nonviolent possible offender, ... And under the mandatory minimums, he was put in prison for 15 years. Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but the mandatory minimums don't give judges any discretion to look at the background of the case, to read into the specifics of the case. I don't know a judge who really is in favor of the mandatory minimums.

Carly Simon
Total votes: 43

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 46

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 60

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 54

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: 73

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

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 49

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 50

Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 63

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 53

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: 78

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 90

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

George Washington
Total votes: 37

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 72

We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 70

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: 55

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 41

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 32

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
Total votes: 91

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

John Locke
Total votes: 44

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 53

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 71

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 47

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: 47