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Prison Quotes

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Total votes: 27

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: 45

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 29

Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 29

One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.

Richard Cowan
You voted 1. Total votes: 28

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 34

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

Dan Duva
Total votes: 41

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
 

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 37

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

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 26

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 30


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 25


Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.

Mike Epps
Total votes: 33

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 38

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: 24

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 26

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 29

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 34

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

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

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 23

If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!

James Connolly
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: 22

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

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 40

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: 32

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 27

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 27