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Prison Quotes

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 39

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.

William Gurnall
Total votes: 31

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: 40

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 41

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 35

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 31

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 30

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 31

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 36

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 34

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: 27

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 31


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 30

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: 38

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 37

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 34

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 30

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 44

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 31

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 32

On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.

Michael Badnarik
Total votes: 43


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 22

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 31

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

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 38

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 43