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Prison Quotes

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

John Locke
Total votes: 19

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: 23

On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.

Michael Badnarik
Total votes: 39

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Calvin Coolidge
Total votes: 36

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 27

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

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: 30


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 22

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

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 32

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 35

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 28

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 32

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

Reverend Martin Niemoeller
Total votes: 35

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 29

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 30

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 35

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 24

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 24

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 23

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 38

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 40

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: 36

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 32

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 29

If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes! It is such a fraud.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 26