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Prison Quotes

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 10

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 14

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: 14

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 16

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
 

Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Total votes: 22

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 17

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 14

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 12

You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.

Bronislaw Malinowski
Total votes: 13

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.

Ramsey Clark
Total votes: 16

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: 9

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 16

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 12

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

Warren E. Burger
Total votes: 13

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 9

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 11

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 13

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 9

They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!

Jordan Couch
Total votes: 23


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 10

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

Carrie Chapman Catt
Total votes: 14

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 10

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 14

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Total votes: 13

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 13