Punishment Quotes

Evil gains work their punishment.

Sophocles

The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men.

Plato

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.

Voltaire

Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one.

Ellen Key

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

Aristotle

The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.

Voltaire

The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Saint Augustine

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

Henry Louis Mencken

The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you.

Henry Miller

The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death.

Gore Vidal

The public has more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Cato the Censor

One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.

Oscar Wilde

The broad effects which can be obtained by punishment in man and beast, are the increase of fear, the sharpening of the sense of cunning, the mastery of the desires; so it is that punishment tames man, but does not make him "better".

Friedrich Nietzsche

Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.

Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Vices are their own punishment.

Aesop

Every choice carries a consequence. For better or worse, each choice is the unavoidable consequence of its predecessor. There are not exceptions. If you can accept that a bad choice carries the seed of its own punishment, why not accept the fact that a good choice yields desirable fruit?

Gary Ryan Blair

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others.

Jules Renard

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.

George Bernard Shaw

Punishment - The justice that the guilty deal out to those that are caught.

Elbert Hubbard

To believe in a just law of cause and effect, carrying with it a punishment or a reward, is to believe in righteousness.

Ernest Holmes

Suicide--the only offence against the Laws for which men cannot devise a punishment.

ABRAHAM MILLER

REPENTANCE, n. The faithful attendant and follower of Punishment. It is usually manifest in a degree of reformation that is not inconsistent with continuity of sin.

Ambrose Bierce
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