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Prison Quotes

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 19

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

John Locke
Total votes: 9

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 19

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 20

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 11

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

George Washington
Total votes: 13

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 33


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: 18

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 25

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 18

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

William Gilmore Simms
Total votes: 17

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 10

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 18

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 19

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 21

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 12

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 16

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 20

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: 21

In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.

Raymond Chandler
Total votes: 19

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 22

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 14

If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes! It is such a fraud.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 16

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: 20

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 14