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Prison Quotes

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
 

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 49

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 17

I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: prisons are archaic, brutal, unregenerative, overcrowded hell holes where the inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one humane thought given to what they are going to do once they are released. You're an animal in a cage and you're treated like one.

Jimmy Hoffa
Total votes: 21

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

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 15

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 13


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 12

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 11

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 16

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: 5

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 20

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell
You voted 2. Total votes: 9

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: 12

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 17

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 16

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 16

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

William Glasser
You voted 2. Total votes: 14

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 21

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 10

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 14

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: 16

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

Gandhi
Total votes: 15


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 11

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 10

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 12

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Total votes: 13