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Prison Quotes

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 27

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 28

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 25

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 25

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 29

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 25

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
 

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 33

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: 23

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 22


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 26

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 25

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 28

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 26

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 28

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 22

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: 23

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 22

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.

William Gurnall
Total votes: 23

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: 23

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 28

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 22

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 26

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: 29

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 22

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 19