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Prison Quotes

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

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 39

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 22

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 26

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom.

Dwight David Eisenhower
Total votes: 33

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 26

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 25

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 37

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 32

To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
~Jim Bakker

Jim Bakker
Total votes: 33

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 28

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 30

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 36

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: 31

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

John Locke
Total votes: 19

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 35

Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.

Robert Rice
Total votes: 31

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 35

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 40

I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: prisons are archaic, brutal, unregenerative, overcrowded hell holes where the inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one humane thought given to what they are going to do once they are released. You're an animal in a cage and you're treated like one.

Jimmy Hoffa
Total votes: 43

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 43

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: 32

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

Serbian Proverb
Total votes: 38

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: 26

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: 47

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: 24