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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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The vilest deeds like poison weeds / Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man / That wastes and withers there.
~Oscar Wilde
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Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of the government.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Penology...has become torture and foolishness, a waste of money and a cause of crime...a blotting out of sight and heightening of social anxiety.
~Paul Goodman
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I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
~Oscar Wilde
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One of the most important ways you can communicate with an offender is through written correspondence. Encourage your family and friends to write! Even if you are coming to visit soon and have talked on the phone recently, a letter is really appreciated, especially in light of the fact that your contact with an incarcerated loved one is restricted. If you have a few free minutes, send a quick note or card!
~State of Missouri Dept. of Corrections Web Site
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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
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We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.
~Oscar Wilde
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PRISON, n. A place of punishments and rewards. The poet assures us that – stone walls do not a prison make.
~Ambrose Bierce
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Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.
~T. S. Eliot
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The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
~Aung San Suu Kyi
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