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Prison Quotes

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 35

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 30

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 23

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 30

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 33

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 27

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 39

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

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 29

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

Seneca
Total votes: 30

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 31

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: 38

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 22

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 31

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 26

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

William Glasser
Total votes: 30

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

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 33

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.

Geoffrey Fisher
Total votes: 27

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

John Locke
Total votes: 19

Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.

Laurence Housman
Total votes: 40

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
Total votes: 36


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: 20

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 33

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

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 18

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 25