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Many a wise person has pondered the plight of the prisoner. From Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde to Fyodor Dostoevsky, the issue of imprisonment has inspired many heartfelt remarks. The following quotes speak to our intellect as well as our emotions. In a society that rushes to warehouse human lives, we urge you to slow down, pause, and contemplate the unique reality of imprisonment. We hope you will find yourself thinking - perhaps even feeling - that we can do better.

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Pardon is the virtue of victory.
~Giuseppe Mazzini
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Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
~Moslih Eddin
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Pardon ever follows sincere repentence.
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.
~Claudian
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Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
~Hannah Arendt
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It is very questionable, in my mind, how far we have the right to judge one of another, since there is born within every man the germs of both virtue and vice. The development of one or the other is contingent upon circumstances.
~Hosea Ballou
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The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
~Aristotle
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It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
~Earl Warren
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By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.
~Gandhi
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It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
~Titus Livy
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