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The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

I know not whether Laws be right or whether Laws be wrong; all that we know who live in goal is that the wall is strong; and that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.

We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls; and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death.

John Donne (1572-1632) English poet.

He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopher.

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

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 (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.