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Prison Quotes

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

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 63

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 60

Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.

Charles Robert Maturin
Total votes: 39

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.

James Usher
Total votes: 65

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 77

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 46

Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving, An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Total votes: 41

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 56

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

George Washington
Total votes: 32

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 41

If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!

James Connolly
Total votes: 33

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: 36

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 38

I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.

Valentino Rossi
Total votes: 68

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 59

It was only when I lay there on the rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states nor between social classes nor between political parties, but right through every human heart, through all human hearts. And that is why I turn back to the years of my imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those about me, bless you, prison, for having been a part of my life.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 45

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 65

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 61

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 50

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 36

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

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 40

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 62

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 39

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: 52

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 45