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We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 10


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 7


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

Seneca
Total votes: 8

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 10

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 11


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 10

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 13

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 18

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

Suge Knight
Total votes: 12

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 11

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 14

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 8

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 12

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 19

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
Total votes: 15

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
 

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 46

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 11

Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca
You voted 1. Total votes: 9

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 17

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: 6

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Georges Bataille
Total votes: 13

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

George Washington
Total votes: 7

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards, as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Total votes: 9

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 9

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
Total votes: 14