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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 9

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 15

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: 10

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: 12

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 12

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 11

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: 9

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 6

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 9

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 9

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 5

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

Elizabeth Drew
Total votes: 16

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 16

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: 10

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: 46

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 22

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

John Locke
Total votes: 4

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: 16

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

Aeschylus
Total votes: 11

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 10

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 13

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 11

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 10

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 10

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 17