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Best Quotes About Prison

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A list of the best prison quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous prison quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic prison quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

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    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. All this stuff you read about men yelling and screaming, beating against the bars, running spoons along them, guards rushing in with clubs -- all that is for the big house. A good jail is one of the quietest places in the world. Life in jail is in suspension. Raymond Chandler

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    The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over. Henry Miller

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    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

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    He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy. Thomas Hobbes

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    In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all. Eldridge Cleaver

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    I know not whether Laws be right or whether Laws be wrong; all that we know who live in gaol is that the wall is strong; and that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long. Oscar Wilde

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    Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. Henry David Thoreau

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    There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter. Jean Genet

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    We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments. Oscar Wilde

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    We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls; and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death. John Donne

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    The most anxious man in a prison is the governor. George Bernard Shaw

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    To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today. Albert Camus

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    new! We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of the self. Cyril Connolly

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    Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums who find prison so soul-destroying. Evelyn Waugh

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    Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline. Michel Foucault

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    Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most cruelly withheld, to moral death. The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which the penal system casts those it has condemned, an unfathomable waste of misery. The human soul, lost in those depths, may become a corpse. Who shall revive it? Victor Hugo

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