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Prison Quotes

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: 14

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 13

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

John Locke
Total votes: 9

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 16

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

Seneca
Total votes: 15

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

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 21


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: 17

In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.

Raymond Chandler
Total votes: 20

The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.

Edwin M. Schur
Total votes: 12

Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.

Claudian
Total votes: 17

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: 19

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: 21

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 15

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 18

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

George Washington
Total votes: 14

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Total votes: 19

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 18

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

Elizabeth Drew
Total votes: 25

It is not at the table, but in prison, that you learn who your true friends are.

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 24

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.

Will Rogers
Total votes: 17

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: 20

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 18

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: 14

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 18

To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.

Lewis W. Dilwyn
Total votes: 19