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George Bernard Shaw

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The first prison I ever saw had inscribed on it CEASE TO DO EVIL: LEARN TO DO WELL; but as the inscription was on the outside, the prisoners could not read it.
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Preface to English Prisons Under Local Government by Sydney and Beatrice Webb (1922).

 
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