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Prison Quotes

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

Warren E. Burger
Total votes: 77

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 67

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
You voted 3. Total votes: 82

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 43

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 49

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

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 49

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: 68

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Horace Mann
Total votes: 40

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 74

The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.

Kent Willis
Total votes: 47

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 51


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 49

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
Total votes: 53

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 73

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: 56

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.

Will Rogers
Total votes: 31

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: 56

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

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 49

It is not at the table, but in prison, that you learn who your true friends are.

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 67

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: 48

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Robert Anton Wilson
Total votes: 39

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

Robert Rice
Total votes: 49

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: 58

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 60

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 44