Quotations on Prison

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Paranoia is an illness I contracted in institutions. It is not the reason for my sentences to reform school and prison. It is the effect, not the cause.
- Jack Henry Abbott
(Keywords: Cause, Effect, Illness, Paranoia, Prison, Reason, Reform, School)

I've wanted somehow to convey to you the sensations - the atmospheric pressure, you might say - of what it is to be seriously a long-term prisoner in an American prison.
- Jack Henry Abbott
(Keywords: American, Pressure, Prison, Sensations)

Well I certainly have learned and I hope I'm moving on and certainly two years of prison was a terrible punishment.
- Jeffrey Archer
(Keywords: Hope, Prison, Punishment, Years)

And I did wonder - because it's now three years ago since I left prison - whether there would come a time when I would forget it, or it would be in the past as anything else might be - no, it's there every day of my life.
- Jeffrey Archer
(Keywords: Life, Time, Day, Forget, Now, Past, Prison, Wonder, Years)

But I certainly made mistakes, for which I regret, I think most human beings in their lifetime make mistakes, mine ended up in two years prison - two very remarkable years from which I learnt a lot.
- Jeffrey Archer
(Keywords: Mistakes, Prison, Regret, Remarkable, Years)

Sixty per cent of people entering prison today are illiterate.
- Jeffrey Archer
(Keywords: People, Prison, Today)

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
- Jeffrey Archer
(Keywords: First, Prison, Words)

I will say that the prison regime is rather a good one for a writer because you have plenty of time to write.
- Mary Archer
(Keywords: Time, Prison, Will, Writer)

His tenacity is unmatched in my opinion. Incredible how someone could have suffered that long and come back out of prison with such a good heart and positive things to say and do.
- Maurice Ashley
(Keywords: Heart, Positive, Opinion, Prison, Tenacity)

When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like.
- Julian Assange
(Keywords: Being, Day, Prison, Reading)

To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
- Jim Bakker
(Keywords: Son, Prison, Want, World)

When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where, God, where are you?
- Jim Bakker
(Keywords: God, First, Prison, Questioning)

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.
- Beck
(Keywords: Men, Prison, Stars)

I think of my brother just out of prison again. He will have spent ten years of the last 30 in prison.
- Daniel Berrigan
(Keywords: Brother, Prison, Will, Years)

We have one of our priests in prison right now, Steve Kelly, for his antiwar actions, and three of us in the community are forbidden to visit him because we're all convicted felons.
- Daniel Berrigan
(Keywords: Actions, Community, Forbidden, Now, Prison, Right, Visit)

I had a weird situation were someone used my name to extort money from a woman. He took her for 60 or 80 thousand dollars. He is in prison now. It was on Sally.
- Michael Biehn
(Keywords: Money, Name, Now, Prison, Woman)

I used to think like Moses. That knocked me down for a couple years and put me in prison. Then I start thinking like Job. Job waited and became the wealthiest and richest man ever 'cause he believed in God.
- James Brown
(Keywords: God, Job, Man, Prison, Thinking, Years)

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.
- Johnnie Cochran
(Keywords: Money, Man, Prison, Will)

May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Keywords: May, Prison, Skin)

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Keywords: Medical, Care, Freedom, Prison, Security, Want)

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Fame, Martyr, Prison, Tongue)

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
(Keywords: Friend, Being, Prison, Reason)

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.
- W. C. Fields
(Keywords: Father, Electricity, Prison, State)

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.
- William Glasser
(Keywords: Time, Job, Prison, School, World)

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.
- Danny Glover
(Keywords: Death, People, African, Americans, Country, Population, Prison, Unemployment)

Detainee policy in this war is hard, it's complicated, but we must get it right. We would be better off as a nation if we could close Gitmo safely and start a new prison that he could use that the world would see as a better way to doing business.
- Lindsey Graham
(Keywords: Business, War, Policy, Nation, Prison, Right, World)

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
(Keywords: Man, Prison, Security)

In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.
- William Greider
(Keywords: Time, Finance, Crime, Deeds, Prison, Victims)

The devil had as good have let Paul alone, for he no sooner comes into prison but he falls a preaching, at which the gates of Satan's prison fly open, and poor sinners come forth.
- William Gurnall
(Keywords: Devil, Open, Poor, Preaching, Prison, Satan)

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.
- William Gurnall
(Keywords: Work, God, Court, Friends, Prison, Saints)

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.
- Merle Haggard
(Keywords: America, Freedom, Now, Prison, Right)

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Prison, Project, Utopia)

Although I wasn't able to get a visa for Vietnam, I was able to talk with swift boat veterans to get a feel for the time and place, and I visited a tropical prison in the Philippines to get a sense of what a Vietnamese prison might have been like.
- Tony Hillerman
(Keywords: Time, Prison, Sense, Talk, Veterans, Vietnam)

Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.
- Laurence Housman
(Keywords: Court, Police, Prison, Regret)

A liberal education... frees a man from the prison-house of his class, race, time, place, background, family and even his nation.
- Robert M. Hutchins
(Keywords: Family, Education, Time, Class, Liberal, Man, Nation, Prison, Race)

And why do we, who say we oppose tyranny and demand freedom of speech, allow people to go to prison and be vilified, and magazines to be closed down on the spot, for suggesting another version of history.
- David Icke
(Keywords: History, People, Freedom, Prison, Speech, Tyranny)

Destiny is the prison and chain of the ignorant. Understand that destiny like the water of the Nile: Water before the faithful, blood before the unbeliever.
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Keywords: Blood, Destiny, Prison, Water)

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.
- Mary Harris Jones
(Keywords: Man, Prison, states, United)

Interesting enough, we had a reunion of the 12 of us who graduated, right? The only one who wasn't there was the guy who became a priest, and he was literally in prison in Libya, for being a Catholic priest. Isn't that interesting? Everybody else made the reunion but that guy.
- Peter Jurasik
(Keywords: Being, Prison, Right)

I knew how many MPs I had assigned to the brigade, how many military prison operations I would be running, but we needed to evaluate how many criminal prison operations we could support.
- Janis Karpinski
(Keywords: Evaluate, Military, Prison, Running, Support)

The day after the prison was transferred to the military intelligence command, they had an entire battalion - 1,200, 1,500 soldiers - arrive at Abu Ghraib just for force protection alone.
- Janis Karpinski
(Keywords: Intelligence, Day, Force, Military, Prison, Protection, Soldiers)

Today begins a new saga in my life which I expect to strengthen me and allow me time for reflection... I plan to write music while in prison, read and pray regularly and will come out a stronger, more confident woman.
- Lil' Kim
(Keywords: Life, Music, Time, Prison, Reflection, Today, Will, Woman)

Let me start with Yahoo. As we meet today, a Chinese citizen who had the courage to speak his mind on the Internet is in prison because Yahoo chose to share his name and address with the Chinese Government.
- Tom Lantos
(Keywords: Government, Courage, Internet, Mind, Name, Prison, Today)

I am now going from a prison to a palace: I have finished my work, and am now going to receive my wages.
- Christopher Love
(Keywords: Work, Now, Prison, Wages)

Until the year 1967, it was a crime, for which you could be put in prison, to make homosexual love to someone in your own house. If they came in and caught you at it, you could be put into prison. This has changed - I'm talking about England, incidentally.
- Patrick Macnee
(Keywords: Love, Crime, England, Prison, Talking)

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
(Keywords: Life, May, Prison, Vow, Woman)

Questions are a burden to others; answers are a prison for oneself.
- Patrick McGoohan
(Keywords: Answers, Burden, Prison, Questions)

It may seem a hard task to condemn fellow creatures to long years of confinement in prison, but it is not so hard if they clearly deserve it.
- Thomas Mellon
(Keywords: May, Prison, Years)

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
- H. L. Mencken
(Keywords: Children, Conscience, Evil, Parents, Prison, School)

Art led the way for me to recover. He got out of prison before me and started traveling all over the world before I did. He showed me by example that it could be done, and I'll always love him for that.
- Frank Morgan
(Keywords: Art, Love, Example, Prison, Traveling, World)



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