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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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Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
~Germaine Greer
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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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Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, a true place for a just man is also a prison.
~Henry David Thoreau
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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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Eventually, there will not be enough prisons if there are not enough good homes.
~Neal A. Maxwell
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The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
~H. L. Mencken
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The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
~Clarence S. Darrow
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We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
~Viktor Frankl
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There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.
~William Glasser
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