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Prison Quotes

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 44

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 44

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Georges Bataille
Total votes: 53

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 34

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
You voted 3. Total votes: 45

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 46

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 64

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 44

In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 38

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

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 35

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 37

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 73

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 59

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 38

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

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 43

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 57

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 93

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 46

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.

Daniel Webster
You voted 1. Total votes: 42

The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.

P. D. Ouspensky
Total votes: 38

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: 50

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 67

Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.

Jean Genet
Total votes: 43

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.

Sir Philip Sidney
Total votes: 54

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

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 59