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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: 8

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 8

I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 11

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 11

When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.

Jessica Mitford
Total votes: 13

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 8

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 10


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 7

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 6

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 12

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 8

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 14

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 12

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.

Johnnie Cochran
Total votes: 14

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
Total votes: 11

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 12

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 9

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.

Sir Philip Sidney
Total votes: 5

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 6

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: 10

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 9

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 9

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 18

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: 10

Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca
Total votes: 8