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Prison Quotes

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 28

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 30

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

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 32

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 33

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 30

The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 32

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Calvin Coolidge
Total votes: 36

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 26

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 33

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
You voted 5. Total votes: 32


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 25

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 30

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 29

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 31


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: 28

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 28

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

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 40

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 20

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 28

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

George Washington
Total votes: 22

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 44

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 26

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
Total votes: 32

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.

Geoffrey Fisher
Total votes: 27

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 24