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Jimmy Boyle Quotes


Jimmy Boyle
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Jimmy Boyle
  • Born: 17th May 1944, Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Occupation: Author, artist and sculptor
  • Infamous for: Was once labelled "The Most Violent Man In Britain"
  • Influenced by: Dr Peter Whatmore (from the 'Special Unit' at Barlinnie Prison)
  • Nickname: Babyface
  • Scroll down for full bio and many great quotes

"There is no doubt about it, these animals are trying to destroy me mentally. Blows come in psychological form, ripping through my defences, tearing me apart internally"

Jimmy Boyle

"I kept strictly to the ‘no grassing’ rule. I put myself away for 15 years for the gangster badge of honour that I wasn’t a grass"

Jimmy Boyle

"They’ve totally given up on prisons. There are drugs everywhere. They’re spending a fortune and achieving nothing"

Jimmy Boyle

"I maintain I never killed him, I did slash him, therefore by law I am technically guilty of his murder"

Jimmy Boyle

"The problem for me is, it’s always gonna be difficult for people to separate me from my past"

Jimmy Boyle

"Google has changed all that. There’s really no escape and you’ve got to live with it"

Jimmy Boyle

"I can either let it warp me with bitterness or move on, and life’s about moving on"

Jimmy Boyle

"My work as a sculptor is about the human spirit of ordinary people"

Jimmy Boyle

"The best of luck to them if they get a few quid for it - it's better than pulling someone's teeth out"

Jimmy Boyle

"I went to prison and did life for something I didn't do"

Jimmy Boyle

"I wore that silence like a badge of honour. I was a good guy, and I wouldn't grass, but it's mental, crazy; it's so sordid"

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"I was never able to make up for those absent years, no matter how much I tried"

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"I ask myself what was that all about? All that violence, theft, anger and hatred for territorial gain when in fact none of us own anything"

Jimmy Boyle

"I would be dead now without books"

Jimmy Boyle

"Art's for the people not the elite"

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Jimmy Boyle Biography

Jimmy Boyles story is as extraordinary as it is inspiring, from plumbing the depths of the notorious Barlinnie prison to a best selling author and world renowned sculptor he has turned his life around in most remarkable fashion imaginable.

Through his art he has become the acceptable face of prison rehabilitation but the authorities were not as impressed and they closed down the 'Special Unit' at Barlinnie Prison that successfully rehabilitated him so he would no longer be a threat to the public. It seemed the authorities were miffed at the way he turned his life around and as Jimmy himself put it: "they didn’t want another Jimmy Boyle".



Although he has been able to put his past behind him on a personal level, the press it seems are more interested in tarnishing any of his successes when they go to print by maintaining the decades old headline that branded him "The Most Violent Man In Britain". With the facts of his notorious case now being common knowledge it grates the authorities that he served a life sentence for a murder he did not commit while not 'grassing' on the real killer.

Since his release he has done a lot of good work for society like helping released prisoners integrate into life on the outside and helping drug addicts. His book 'A Sense Of Freedom' which was written in jail, was a literary sensation and it also made it to the silver screen in the 1979 movie of the same name.

As you would expect from someone who has led such a colourful life he has been known for a few good one liners so this is my compilation of 15 of the best Jimmy Boyle quotes.

Quotes About Jimmy Boyle

The notorious British prisoner Charles Bronson was highly respectful: "Jimmy's a legend to many both inside and outside of prison, he's written books and started up the 'Streets Ahead' scheme in Scotland to help junkies and the like, did a great job. He's now a law abiding and hard working man. He's also probably best known for his sculptures and artwork he produced while in prison. The Krays always spoke highly of him"

The psychiatrist Dr Sarah Trevelyan said of her first meeting before they were to fall in love and marry: "Jimmy was warm hearted and with a lot of integrity and a lot of personal courage. I had to put this together with the fact he had been involved in gangland violence, but I met the Jimmy who he was then, and I didn’t dwell on the past"


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