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Prison Quotes

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.

Ramsey Clark
Total votes: 56

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 61

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 45

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
Total votes: 55

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

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 54

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards, as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Total votes: 46

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.

Marquis de Sade
Total votes: 46

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 78

Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense.

Walter E. Williams
Total votes: 82


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 87


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 50

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 72

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

John Locke
Total votes: 44

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 57

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 70

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 80

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

A. E. Housman
Total votes: 65

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 71

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 64

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 64

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: 61


Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

Anacharsis
Total votes: 52

I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker's to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour -- for the horse was soon tackled -- was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 67

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: 52

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 71