10 Criminal Justice Quotes that Intrigue, Incite and Inspire

American lecturer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I hate quotes. Tell me what you know.”

Emerson’s disdain for all things said by others has been echoed throughout history by the likes of Winston Churchill, Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne and legendary poet Rudyard Kipling.

But the thing about quotes is that each one is its own pearl. Each quote offers a snippet of the speaker’s personality and a tiny window into their wisdom.

Hollywood starlet Marlene Dietrich once told a reporter: “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”

Dietrich makes a pretty good point.

The right quote has the power to intrigue, inspire or even incite its reader or listener. To that end, we’ve compiled the following criminal justice quotes from authoritative folks who know much more about the field than we do. 

Feel free to pin these quotes to your Pinterest board, share them via Facebook or leave a comment with great quotes we missed.


1. Robert Frost

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2. Ronald Reagan



3. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.



4. Bobby Jindal

*Image provided courtesy of Gage Skidmore



5. Jonathan Swift



6. Hubert H. Humphrey



7. Martin Luther King Jr.



8. John Grisham

*Image provided courtesy of Sen. Jay Rockefeller



9. H.G. Wells



10. Dostoyevsky


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Jeff is the Inbound Marketing Editor at Rasmussen College. He oversees all of the blog and newsletter content for the college. As a writer he tries to create articles that educate, encourage and motivate current and future students. He endeavors to inform, to question, to answer, to challenge and, ultimately, to help students find the people they want to become.

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