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PRISON
[ Also see Crime Guilt Judgment Justice Law Punishment Vice Wickedness ]

Young Crime's finishing-school.
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
      - Bible, Ezekiel (ch. X, v. 10)

A prison! heav'ns, I loath the hated name,
  Famine's metropolis, the sink of shame,
    A nauseous sepulchre, whose craving womb
      Hourly inters poor mortals in its tomb;
        By ev'ry plague and ev'ry ill possess'd,
          Ev'n purgatory itself to thee 's a jest.
      - Tom Brown

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.
      - Charles Bukowski

In durance vile here must I wake and weep,
  And all my frowsy couch in sorrow steep.
      - Robert Burns, Epistle from Esopus to Maria,
        in Chambers' "Burns' Life and Work", vol. IV, p. 54

Whene'er with haggard eyes I view
  This dungeon that I'm rotting in,
    I think of those companions true
      Who studied with me at the U-
        Niversity of Gottingen.
      - George Canning,
        Song--Of One Eleven Years in Prison,
        found in "The Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin"

Prison'd in a parlour snug and small,
  Like bottled wasps upon a southern wall.
      - William Cowper, Retirement (l. 493)

"And a bird-cage, sir," said Sam. "Veels vithin veels, a prison in a prison."
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XL)

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.
      - Epictetus

In durance vile.
      - William Kendrick, Falstaff's Wedding
         (act I, sc. 2)

That which the world miscalls a jail,
  A private closet is to me.
    . . . .
      Locks, bars, and solitude together met,
        Make me no prisoner, but an anchoret.
      - attributed to Sir Roger L'Estrange

Stone walls do not a prison make,
  Nor iron bars a cage,
    Minds innocent and quiet take
      That for an hermitage.
      - Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison
         (IV)

The living grave of crime.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller)

Fast closed with double grills
  And triple gates--the cell
    To wicked souls is hell;
      But to a mind that's innocent
        'Tis only iron, wood and stone.
          [Fr., Doubles grilles a gros cloux,
            Triples portes, forts verroux,
              Aux ames vraiment mechantes
                Vous representez l'enfer;
                  Mais aux ames innocentes
                    Vous n'etes que du bois, des pierres, du fer.]
      - Paul Pelisson (Peleisson or Pellisson) Fontanier,
        Written on the walls of his cell in the Bastile,
        about 1661

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
  Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
    Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
      But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
        Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, iii)

I have been studying how I may compare
  This prison where I live unto the world;
    And, for because the world is populous,
      And here is not a creature but myself,
        I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at V, v)

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space.
      - Gloria Steinem

Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.
      - James Usher

A felon's cell--
  The fittest earthly type of hell!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Men simply copied the realities of their hearts when they built prisons.
      - Richard Wright

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.
      - Charles Wyndham, Earl of Egremont


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