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Prison Quotes

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 12

Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.

Mr. Prophet
Total votes: 19

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 12

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 14

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
You voted 5. Total votes: 12

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: 6

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 10

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: 11

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

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 11

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 23

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

Seneca
Total votes: 16

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.

Germaine Greer
Total votes: 13


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 9

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: 11

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 5

The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.

Kent Willis
Total votes: 14

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 10

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 15

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

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 22

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 8

He had drawn many a thousand of these rations in prisons and camps, and though he'd never had an opportunity to weight them on scales, and although, being a man of timid nature, he knew no way of standing up for his rights, he, like every other prisoner, had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in the bread-cutting. There was short weight in every ration. The only point was how short. So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven't snitched any.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 10

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 12

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: 13

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 12