Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.
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.
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
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.
Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
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.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.