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Prison Quotes

Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense.

Walter E. Williams
Total votes: 21

To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.

Voltaire
Total votes: 13

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 24


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 13

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 12

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 14

Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 14

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
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: 17

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

John Locke
Total votes: 6

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 13


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 10

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.

James Usher
Total votes: 12


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 12

I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.

Valentino Rossi
Total votes: 15

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 11

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: 16

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 7

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 10

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
You voted 5. Total votes: 18

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 22

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 12

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: 21

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 15

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 8