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Prison Quotes

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 32

Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving, An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Total votes: 22

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 28

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 31

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 33

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: 27

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 27

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

John Locke
Total votes: 19

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 32

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 27

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 30

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
Total votes: 33

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: 39

We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.

Chris Patten
Total votes: 34

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 22

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: 34


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 25

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

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 26

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 31

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 38

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: 35

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 25

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 37

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
Total votes: 33

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: 30