Quotes About Prisons

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Quotes About Prisons

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
— Virginia Woolf —

Christians talk as though goodness was their idea but good behavior doesn't have any religious origin. Our prisons are filled with the devout.

— Andy Rooney

After the revolution, let us hope, prisons simply would not exist - if by prisons we mean places that could be experienced by the men and women in them at all as every place that goes by that name now is bound to be experienced.

— Barbara Deming

How does Chekhov's artistic "programme" comment on the message of The Duel, and vice versa? I should like to be a free artist and nothing more, and I regret that God has not given me the power to be one. I hate lying and violence in all their forms ... Pharisaism, stupidity and despotism reign not in merchants' houses and prisons alone. I see them in science, in literature, in the younger generation ... That is why I have no preference either for gendarmes, or for butchers, or for scientists, or for writers, or for the younger generation. I regard trade-marks and labels as a superstition. My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love, and the most absolute freedom- freedom from violence and lying, whatever forms they may take. This is the programme I would follow if I were a great artist.*

— Anton Chekhov

Plunder has matured into habit and addiction; the people who could author the mechanized death of our ghettos, the mass rape of private prisons, then engineer their own forgetting, must inevitably plunder much more. This is not a belief in prophecy but in the seductiveness of cheap gasoline.

— Ta-Nehisi Coates

As a prosecutor, I've been in prisons. I've had the opportunity to see what they're like in America.

— Tom Rooney

Hundreds of political prisoners still suffer in Tibetan prisons. Freedom of speech is not allowed in any sense. It is illegal to possess a photo of the Dalai Lama.

— Joanna Lumley

Only education can empty the workhouses and prisons, the slums and rookeries.

— Jennifer Donnelly

And I see the - you know, when I go to the juvenile detention centers and prisons, I see people who can't read now. And I know that when they leave those prisons and those detention centers, they're not going to be able to make it in our society.

— Walter Dean Myers

We cannot hope to effectively counter extremism if we just focus on schools, universities and prisons: we need to take this online as well.

— Maajid Nawaz

Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God's saints have been held.

— Edward McKendree Bounds

Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.

— Angela Davis

I do not wish to remove from my present prison to a prison a little larger. I wish to break all prisons.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no parallels to the life of the concentration camps. All seeming parallels create confusion and distract attention from what is essential. Forced labor in prisons and penal colonies, banishment, slavery, all seem for a moment to offer helpful comparisons, but on closer examination lead nowhere.

— Hannah Arendt

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