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Prison Quotes


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 56

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 40

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 35

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 48

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: 31

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: 43

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 44

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 43

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: 96

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

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 34

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 43

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: 60

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 124

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 41

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 52

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: 61

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 59

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 35

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: 35

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 49

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 38

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 51

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

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 39

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 45

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 67