Quotes on Prison

“How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.”
― Alexandre Dumas

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
― Nelson Mandela

“The thing that irks me most is this shattered prison, after all. I’m tired of being enclosed here. I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.”
― Emily Brontë

“I’d watched too many schoolmates graduate into mental institutions, into group homes and jails, and I knew that locking people up was paranormal – against normal, not beside it. Locks didn’t cure; they strangled.”
― Scott Westerfeld

“God’s creatures who cried themselves to sleep stirred to cry again.”
― Thomas Harris

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

“When people become prisoners of daily habits and happen to be hostages of choices, which they made in the past, but which they finally do not actually want, they experience the need to abandon their corporeal prison at a certain time in life. ( “Corporeal prison” )”
― Erik Pevernagie

“I was most happy when pen and paper were taken from me and I was forbidden from doing anything. I had no anxiety about doing nothing by my own fault, my conscience was clear, and I was happy. This was when I was in prison.”
― Daniil Kharms

“The whole value of solitude depends upon oneself; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.”
― John Lubbock

“We have a racially based justice system that overpunishes, fails to rehabilitate, and doesn’t make us safer.”
― Piper Kerman

“You are in prison. If you wish to get out of prison, the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison. If you think you are free, you can’t escape.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff

“It was cruel. Like opening a birdcage to let the bird fly out, whilst all the while it’s tethered by the leg, and freedom is only an illusion.”
― Laini Taylor

“I had no real communication with anyone at the time, so I was totally dependent on God. And he never failed me.”
― Diet Eman

“…you are strong only as long as you don’t deprive people of everything. For a person you’ve taken everything from is no longer in your power. He’s free all over again.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Often a man endures for several years, submits and suffers the cruellest punishments, and then suddenly breaks out over some minute trifle, almost nothing at all.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“We are all so guilty at the way we have allowed the world around us to become more ugly and tasteless every year that we surrender to terror and steep ourselves in it.”
― Norman Mailer

“They don’t need walls and water to keep the prisoners in, not when they’re trapped inside their own heads, incapable of a single cheerful thought. Most go mad within weeks.”
― J.K. Rowling

“The dogs brought it all back to, you know, to the human side.”
― Luis Carlos Montalván

“That’s all the freedom we can hope for – the freedom to choose our prison.”
― L.M. Montgomery

“Prison is like high school with knives.”
― Raegan Butcher

“I was kind of excited to go to jail for the first time and I learnt some great dialogue.”
― Quentin Tarantino

“Prison always has been a good place for writers, killing, as it does, the twin demons of mobility and diversion”
― Dan Simmons

“Body is a home, a prison and a grave.”
― James Runcie

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

“Prison is a second-by-second assault on the soul, a day-to-day degradation of the self, an oppressive steel and brick umbrella that transforms seconds into hours and hours into days.”
― Mumia Abu-Jamal

“anyone who has no feelings for animals has a dead heart.”
― Raegan Butcher

“As a society, our decision to heap shame and contempt upon those who struggle and fail in a system designed to keep them locked up and locked out says far more about ourselves than it does about them.”
― Michelle Alexander

“…bars can’t build better men and misery can only break what goodness remains.”
― Stuart Turton

“Don’t condemn me to the prison of your bullshit.”
― Steve Maraboli

“I understand now that the only time black people don’t feel guilty is when we’ve actually done something wrong, because that relieves us of the cognitive dissonance of being black and innocent, and in a way the prospect of going to jail becomes a relief.”
― Paul Beatty

“During the days I felt myself slipping into a kind of madness. Solitary confinement has an astonishing effect on the mind. The trip was to stay calm and keep myself occupied. I spent hours working out how to break free. But trying to escape would have been instant suicide.”
― Tahir Shah

“School is the place we all have to go. There is potential. School is about the future. Looking forward to something, progression, growing, maturing. It’s supposed to be safe here, but is has become the opposite. It feels like a prison.”
― Iain Reid

“Everyone in prison has an ideal of violence, murder. Beneath all relationships between prisoners is the ever-present fact of murder. It ultimately defines our relationship among ourselves.”
― Jack Henry Abbott

“The real purpose of the opposition is to minimize the amount of money the ruling party will have stolen from the people at the end of its term.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“A mind enclosed in language is in prison.”
― Simone Weil

“Unforgiveness denies the victim the possibility of parole and leaves them stuck in the prison of what was, incarcerating them in their trauma and relinquishing the chance to escape beyond the pain.”
― T. D. Jakes

“The greater ignorance towards a country is not ignoring what its politicians have to say, it is ignoring what the inmates in its prisons have to say.”
― Criss Jami

“While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.”
― Tiffany Madison

“The securest place is a prison cell, but there is no liberty”
― Ben Franklin

“Cage an eagle and it will bite at the wires, be they of
iron or of gold.”
― Henrik Ibsen

“He offered her power, money, status…
a giant prison, all in exchange
for only…her soul.”
― Jamie Weise

“You spend a lot of time thinking about how awful the prison is rather than envisioning your future.”
― Piper Kernan

“You’re still in prison if you do nothing better in freedom.”
― Toba Beta

“Some prisons don’t require bars to keep people locked inside. All it takes is their perception that they belong there.”
― Lysa TerKeurst

“you do your own time in prison. You don’t do anyone else’s time for them.”
― Neil Gaiman

“They kept me in a cage for too long because now every room I am standing in is just another cell.”
― Raegan Butcher

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