Prison Quotes

Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons. John Ruskin

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

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

The prison is the state writ small. Mason Cooley

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

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

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

Of the three official objects of our prison system: vengeance, deterrence, and reformation of the criminal, only one is achieved; and that is the one which is nakedly abominable. George Bernard Shaw

Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. Evelyn Waugh

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release. Germaine Greer

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

If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. Dwight D Eisenhower