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Quotes of the Day for 14 July 2004 – Prison

On this day in 1789 there were only seven prisoners held in the Bastille, but the fortress prison had come to represent all the real and imagined tyranny of the Bourbon monarchy. In the same way, when the crowds attacked the prison, it became symbolic of freedom and democracy. So, vive la France. Liberté, égalité, fraternité! It's Bastille Day, if you're in prison it could be a good day to break out, if you're not it's a good day for fireworks.

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The quotes:

Prisons are needed only to provide the illusion that courts and police are effective. They're a kind of job insurance.
     - Frank Herbert, 1920 - 1986

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

Men have prayed in prison, men have prayed in slums and concentration camps. It's only the middle classes who demand to pray in suitable surroundings.
     - Graham Green

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.
     - Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.
     - J. Michael Straczynski

The White House is the finest prison in the world.
     - Harry S Truman, 1884 - 1972


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