Prisoners Quotes

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Ellen DeGeneres
“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn't done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit's eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson's eyes and ask him if it hurts.”
Ellen DeGeneres, My Point... And I Do Have One

Kahlil Gibran
“We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without.”
Khalil Gibran

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

غسان كنفاني
“If the prisoner is beaten, it is an arrogant expression of fear.”
Ghassan Kanafani, All That's Left to You: A Novella and Short Stories

James Clavell
“And Adam ruled, for he was the King. Until the day his will to be King deserted him. Then he died, food for a stronger. And the strongest was always the King, not by strength alone, but King by cunning and luck and strength together. Among the rats.”
James Clavell, King Rat

“Handcuffs weigh much more than gravestones.

(from "Gratitude")”
Visar Zhiti, The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

Anton Chekhov
“It is not only the prisoners who grow coarse and hardened from corporeal punishment, but those as well who perpetrate the act or are present to witness it.”
Anton Chekhov

Sarah Noffke
“The longer we confine ourselves to a place the more it imprisons us.”
Sarah Noffke, Defects


They keep us in our cells
For a long time...

And, if we get out,
We lug them with us on our shoulders,
Like a porter with a chest of goods.”
Visar Zhiti, The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

Janet Fitch
“I was always mortified.Didn't they know they were tying thier mothers to the ground? Weren't chains ashamed of their prisoners?”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Raegan Butcher
“There is nothing like scrubbing toilets for a living to make you question the choices you have made in life.”
Raegan Butcher, Rusty String Quartet

Paul W. Silver
“Instead of making prisoners out of our students, we ought to make students out of our prisoners.”
Paul W. Silver, The Dangerous Dream

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

Michael J. Sullivan
“A—ris—ta?” Degan asked, sounding horse. “What is it?”
“A rat bit me,” she said, once again shocked by her own rasping voice.
“Jasper does that if—” Gaunt coughed and hacked. After a moment, he
spoke again. “If he thinks you’re dead or too weak to fight.”
“I call him that, but I’ve also named the stones in my cell.”
“I only counted mine,” Arista said.
“Two hundred and thirty-four,” Degan replied instantly.
“I have two hundred and twenty-eight.”
“Did you count the cracked ones as two?”
Michael J. Sullivan, Heir of Novron

Raegan Butcher
“bad breath and butt smell; that is prison, in a nutshell.”
Raegan Butcher, Rusty String Quartet

Meša Selimović
“Ako nisam kriv, onda su pogriješili, zatvorili su nedužna čovjeka. Ako me puste, priznaće svoju grešku, a to nije ni lako ni korisno. Niko pametan ne može od njih tražiti da rade protiv sebe. Zahtjev bi bio nestvaran, i smiješan. Onda ja moram biti kriv. A kako da me puste ako sam kriv? Razumiješ li? Ne treba da budemo suviše nepravedni. Svako polazi sa svoga stanovišta i smatramo da je u redu kad tako mi činimo, ali kad to oni čine, onda nam smeta. Priznaćeš da je to nedosljedno.”
Meša Selimović, Death and the Dervish

Lisa R. Cohen
“Murderers — serving life sentences — were caring for their dying fellow inmates. Washing their bed-sore covered bodies, changing their diapers, holding their hands while they took their last breath. It was the other side of death, not the one at the end of a sudden muzzle flash, but the slow and wrenching kind, leaving plenty of time for hard reflection.”
Lisa R. Cohen

Jack Henry Abbott
“Sometimes I doubt that anyone with a philosophical turn of mind is fit to judge anyone. He never comprehends the concept of guilt.”
Jack Henry Abbott, In the Belly of the Beast: Letters From Prison

Tabatha Vargo
“I was just a shell of the person I used to be-hard on the outside and empty on the inside. Those marks were my own personal tombstonr, reminding me every day that I was just as dead as the one I'd murdered.”
Tabatha Vargo, Slammer

Shane Bauer
“When I get home, I draw a bath. I pour a glass of wine, then another, and another. I try to empty my mind. Inside me there is a prison guard and a former prisoner and they are fighting with each other, and I want them to stop.”
Shane Bauer, American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

Akshay Vasu
“Many times, we give beautiful names to our miseries and catastrophes. And that's how we lock down the memories inside us, from which we always want to escape.”
Akshay Vasu, Between the Abyss and Paradise

“A prison that deprives prisoners of basic sustenance, including adequate medical care, is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in civilized society”
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

“One who don't allow you to live freely is in his own prison”
Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Stephen King
“Hogyan tartunk ébren minden rabot egy börtönben? Válasszon a következők közül:
A) Játsszunk Metallicát a börtön hangosbemondó-rendszeréből, végtelenítve.
B) Adjunk minden rabnak egy kést, és utasítsuk őket, hogy vágják meg magukat, amikor kezdenek álmosak lenni.
C) Adjunk minden rabnak egy csomó Dexedrint.
D) A fentiek mindegyike.
E) Nem fog menni.”
Stephen King, Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King
“Hicks szemügyre vette a könyveket, amiket Maura begyűjtött a polcokról: Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Joe Hill.
- Ezek horrortörténetek! - kiáltott fel. - Hagyjuk, hogy az elítéltek ilyesmit olvassanak?
- Csak ezt olvassák, meg a romantikus regényeket, uram - jelentette ki Maura (...).”
Stephen King, Sleeping Beauties

“Fine." Sesëna folded her arms hotly. "If you want to die an arrogant turd, I'll leave you be."
Colton shook his head adamantly, "I won't die here."
"For a man on death row, you sound awfully sure of yourself”
R.E.Johnson, The Gift of Evïr

“[At Eastham, probably after sexual abuse]: In Barrow's own words to Fults, 'I'd like to shoot all these damned guards and turn everybody loose.' Fults, initially unimpressed by the diminutive Barrow, later noted the change he witnessed. 'I seen him change from a schoolboy to a rattlesnake. He got real bitter.' ... This is echoed by members of the Barrow family who noted a distinct difference in Barrow's personality after his 1932 parole. According to his sister Marie, 'Something awful sure must have happened to him in prison, because he wasn't the same person when he got out.”
John Neal Phillips, My Life with Bonnie and Clyde

“There are three methods of dealing with offenders against society once they are apprehended: retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Prison officials and men generally lay claim more or less to advocating all three. At present the public thinks that offenders should be punished. There are many different reasons why this is so, among them the belief that the average criminal responds to nothing but fear and penalties. Yet there is some real evidence that only through the very opposite of fear and punishment--intelligent good will--can men be reached and challenged and changes brought about.”
Bayard Rustin, Down The Line

Michael Parenti
“Some Russian anticommunist writers such as Solzhenitsyn and Sakharov, and many U.S. anticommunist liberals, maintain that the gulag existed right down to the last days of communism. If so, where did it disappear to? After Stalin's death in 1953, more than half of the gulag inmates were freed, according to the study of the NKVD files previously cited. But if so many others remained incarcerated, why have they not materialized? When the communist states were overthrown, where were the half-starved hordes pouring out of the internment camps with their tales of travail?”
Michael Parenti, Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

A.D. Aliwat
“All prisoners need exercise, even dead ones.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

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