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Prison Quotes

Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 33

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 36

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 49

To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.

Voltaire
Total votes: 35

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 31

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 35

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 43

The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.

Edwin M. Schur
Total votes: 27

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 31

Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.

Robert Rice
Total votes: 33

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
Total votes: 35

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 26

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 35

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 38

No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 31

To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.

Lewis W. Dilwyn
Total votes: 31

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 30

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: 36

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 37

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 30

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 34

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 28

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 51

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 36

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 39