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Prison Quotes

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 9

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 12

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 16

The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.

David Herbert Lawrence
Total votes: 8

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

Seneca
Total votes: 16

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 14

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 12

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 9

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 9

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

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 10

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 7

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 10

It was only when I lay there on the rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states nor between social classes nor between political parties, but right through every human heart, through all human hearts. And that is why I turn back to the years of my imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those about me, bless you, prison, for having been a part of my life.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 12

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: 13

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 11

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

Voltaire
You voted 5. Total votes: 12

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: 7

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 mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 9


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 7

History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.

Naguib Mahfouz
Total votes: 12

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Winston Churchill
Total votes: 6

Man is condemned to be free.

Jean-Paul Sartre
Total votes: 17

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

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 10