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Prison Quotes

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 38

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 33

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 28

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

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 28

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 35

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.

Germaine Greer
You voted 1. Total votes: 76

Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense.

Walter E. Williams
Total votes: 51

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 34

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: 28

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 43


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 42

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: 26

Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 33

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards, as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Total votes: 27

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.

Epictetus
Total votes: 24

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 30

No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 32

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 30

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

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 34

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 32

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: 40

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 29

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

Serbian Proverb
You voted 3. Total votes: 47

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

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 34

In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 35