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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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Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.
~Henry Van Dyke
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The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
~Karl Kraus
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We are prisoners of ideas.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Eventually, there will not be enough prisons if there are not enough good homes.
~Neal A. Maxwell
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Each man is his own prisoner, in solitary confinement for life.
~Robert A. Heinlein
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Conformity is the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.
~John F. Kennedy
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The burning of an author’s books, imprisonment for opinion’s sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time.
~Joseph Allen
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It's gotten to where defense attorneys in federal drug cases can do their clients about as much good as Dr. Kevorkian can do his -- quietly shepherd them through to the least painful end.
~Dan Baum
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The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means -- to declare that the government may commit crimes -- would bring terrible retribution.
~Justice Louis D. Brandeis
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What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self!
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
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