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Prison Quotes

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 10


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

Seneca
Total votes: 10

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 9

Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.

Archbishop Richard Whately
Total votes: 17

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
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
You voted 2. Total votes: 12

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

Epictetus
Total votes: 8

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 10

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 11

We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.

Chris Patten
You voted 5. Total votes: 14

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 18

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

Mitchell Burgess
You voted 4. Total votes: 11

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

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 20

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 14

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 13

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: 20

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 12

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 14

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: 12

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 6

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 15

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: 12

They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!

Jordan Couch
Total votes: 22

One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.

Richard Cowan
Total votes: 11