99+ Best Prison Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational prison quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Prison Quotes

Only the man who has known freedom Can define his prison. — Catherine Fisher

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you. — Suge Knight

He had wanted so hard to Escape, to find the stars. And all he had found was a new prison. — Catherine Fisher

Place me behind prison walls – walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground. There is a possibility that in some way or another I may be able to escape. But stand me on that floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No. Never. — Karl G. Maeser

I turn and turn in my cell like a fly that doesn’t know where to die. — Antonio Gramsci

My own life was filled with so much love and joy that when depression struck, it was like a prison door slamming shut and I was being placed in an isolation cell. No one else could possibly be feeling what I was. I hated my depression and all of its symptoms. — Susan Polis Schutz

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger. — Philip Emeagwali

Prison make you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster. — Suge Knight

When you’re in prison, you either embrace religion or you reject it. I embraced it it was a very spiritual time for me. — Henrique Capriles Radonski

I won’t talk about what it was like in prison, except to say I’m glad I’m out and that I plan never to go back and to pay my taxes every day. — Richard Pryor

My concern is not for the judicial system, but for the reality that the shark fin mafia of Costa Rica has a price on my head, and a Costa Rican prison would provide an excellent opportunity for someone to exercise this lethal contract against me. — Paul Watson

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

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

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

But the thing I felt most strongly about, and put at the end of one of the prison diaries, was education. — Jeffrey Archer

Yes, I am scared of prison. It’s the last thing if you are after building up a business over 38 years and you are approaching your 66th birthday and you never owed a man a penny and you feel hard done by and you try to protect yourself and your family and go to prison – if that is the society we are living in, I am happy to accept that. — Sean Quinn

We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them. — Vladimir Putin

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals. — Ramsey Clark

I’m involved in quite a few ministries as a bridge builder, trying to match generous givers and donors to other ministries. Based on my past, I’m also involved in mainly the prison ministry. I go to jails and prisons and share my story, trying to give them some hope. — Lex Luger

The last place I would ever want to go is prison. — Martha Stewart

People always think about what prison is. What prison really is – it’s not a physical challenge, it’s mental. — Hill Harper

There are worse prisons than words. — Carlos Ruiz Zafon

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing. — Antonia Fraser

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

What the cops did to Rodney King was wrong, and the officers who beat him should be sent straight to prison. — Eazy-E

Prison widens your circle of friends. In my stand-up, I can now talk about things that no one else has the right to touch. — Craig Charles

I usually tell people I watch like ’24 and ‘Prison Break.’ — Hope Solo

More than 90 percent of all the prisoners in our American prisons have been abused as children. — John Powell

It’s time to debate images, especially when someone’s going to prison for downloading them. — David Hockney

Prison’s a walk in the park compared with being sectioned, mate, it really is. — Adam Ant

Prison Break is so far-fetched, I had to make viewers believe that Michael is capable of making the impossible possible. — Wentworth Miller

Maybe then you comprehend, speaking one language only is a prison! — David Mitchell

A garden was the primitive prison, till man with Promethean felicity and boldness, luckily sinned himself out of it. — Charles Lamb

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war – at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake. — Daniel Berrigan

I remember the people I knew in prison; I was very fortunate to know them – they came from 1910, 1920, 1930. — Gregory Corso

It’s difficult to seek other people’s love. It’s deadly. In seeking it you lose what is genuine. This is the prison we create for ourselves as we seek what we already have. — Byron Katie

Going to prison is like dying with your eyes open. — Bernard Kerik

The truth is ugly, so we put our prophets in prison. — Charles Manson

I don’t like being famous – it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse. — Valentino Rossi

When a person in a Russian prison decides to start speaking, to start speaking the truth – they start to reject oppression. — Maria Alyokhina

All I did was pray to God, every day. In prison camp, the main prayer was, ‘Get me home alive, God, and I’ll seek you and serve you.’ I came home, got wrapped up in the celebration, and forgot about the hundreds of promises I’d made to God. — Louis Zamperini

We’re going to see people in a debtor’s prison without walls, … They’ll essentially slip through the safety net, hit the ground and then sink into an underground economy. — Travis Plunkett

What I have experienced is nothing compared to what political prisoners in prisons suffer. — Aung San Suu Kyi

Questions are a burden to others; answers are a prison for oneself. — Patrick McGoohan

Happiness is the most insidious prison of all. — Alan Moore

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

I did almost a year in prison, a year in prison, just because my name is Foxy Brown. — Foxy Brown

All prisons that have existed in our society to date put people away as no human being should ever be put away. — Barbara Deming

I was in prison with the assassins of the former president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, who was killed in 1981. Those who weren’t executed in that case were given life sentences, and two of those were with me in prison. — Maajid Nawaz

On some days in prison you might just need to get out of there, but on some days – not all days, but some – you might be able to see the sky and see the blue in it. — Uzo Aduba

First of all, I didn’t suggest that we should simply get rid of all prisons. — Angela Davis

Already this war on gangs in California is taking money from universities to build prisons, and the universities have some clout. — Tom Hayden

Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in. — Louise Hay

There’s a hierarchy in prison, and I was right at the top. — Tommy Chong

This is a darker Lex too, because he’s been in prison and he wants revenge. He’s not playing around. — Bryan Singer

I went to prison, I paid my bill. — George Michael

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

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors! — Nellie Bly

Purposelessness is the fruitful mother of crime. — Charles Henry Parkhurst

The English prison system is altogether mediaeval and outworn. In some of its details, the system has improved since they began to send the Suffragettes to Holloway. I may say that we, by our public denunciation of the system, have forced these slight improvements. — Emmeline Pankhurst

I trust work, directors – I don’t live in fear. All good experiences have come from trusting the universe. There is no other way to live or love. Otherwise, you create your own prison. — Olivia Wilde

That is how prison is tearing me up inside. It hurts every day. Every day takes me further from my life. — Jack Abbott

Genre is a minimum security prison, — David Shields

I didn’t put you in a prison, Evey. I just showed you the bars. — Alan Moore

There are thousands of Palestinians in prison virtually for no reason. — Alice Walker

If I pop everyone who calls me a diva then I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison. — Chaka Khan

‘The Big Girls’ has always seemed to me to be a story about different kinds of families – a divorced mother with a child; a father with his child and his girlfriend; a mother of three children, suffering from postpartum depression; and the rigid artificial families maintained by women in prison – all potentially perilous. — Susanna Moore

One of the men attached to the prison was the occasion of great amusement on the part of the prisoners, as well as the spectators, by taking a large lump of ice to show these strangers from the tropics — Lewis Tappan

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. — Oscar Wilde

The percentage of Americans in the prison system, Prison system, has doubled since 1985 — Serj Tankian

There is no public space for women; the whole world is a prison where you have to be constantly aware at all times that you’re a potential victim. What’s more terrifying is that it’s not necessarily preventative. — Jessica Valenti

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

Prisons are fascinating places, especially when the inmates are educated white-collar types. — John Grisham

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man. — Johnnie Cochran

It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

A mind enclosed in language is in prison. — Simone Weil

The crisis of democracy in the West is not the result of falling in love with another system. In Europe and America people who are disillusioned with democracy do not dream about the Chinese model or any other form of authoritarian rule. They do not dream about government that controls Internet and puts in prison those daring to disagree. — Ivan Krastev

I’ve worked in the prison system for five years, and most of those folks in prison didn’t have a direction. — Stedman Graham

A harrassed and dubious childhood under the hand of a well-meaning but barbarous mother’s help from County Armagh led me to think of the North of Ireland as prison and the South as a land of escape. — Louis MacNeice

A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you. — Will Rogers

Prisons don’t rehabilitate, they don’t punish, they don’t protect, so what the hell do they do? — Jerry Brown

The closest thing to hell on earth is prison. It’s the worst experience I’ve ever had in my life. Besides death. — Duane Chapman

I made a movie where I played a girl that just got out of prison and we shot it very very quickly but very intensely-that took me a long time to get over. — Maggie Gyllenhaal

I feel empathy for people who are trapped in a prison of self-consciousness in an uncomfortable way. We can be free, but we’re so held back. So perhaps that’s why I feel a duty to make my work. I feel liberated when I’m doing it, and I want other people to feel liberated through it. — Bat for Lashes

There are nations, where people live in captivity, fear and silence. I believe, one day from prison camps and torture cells and from exile the leaders of freedom will emerge. The world should stand with those oppressed people until the day of their freedom finally arrives. — Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where, God, where are you? — Jim Bakker

All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation. — Conrad Black

There will be no prison which can hold our movement down. — Huey Newton

Being here feels like I’m out of prison. This is the right place, the right time, the right team. — Shaquille O’Neal

Your definition of who you are is your prison. You can set yourself free at any time. — Cheri Huber

If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst! — James Connolly

Behind every great man in prison is another great man in prison. — Bob Saget

Not all psychopaths are in prison – some are in the boardroom. — Robert D. Hare

It shouldn’t take extreme courage and a willingness to go to prison for decades or even life to blow the whistle on bad government acts done in secret. But it does. And that is an immense problem for democracy, one that all journalists should be united in fighting. — Glenn Greenwald

Prisons are like the concentration camps of our time. So many go in and never come out, and primarily they’re black and Latino. — Lisa Bonet

I don’t think there’s been a time in American history with more innocent people in prison. — Bryan Stevenson

When I left prison, I had to figure out how to embrace my past, — Fernando Flores

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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