Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot
Vices are their own punishment
Vice Is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment
If we escape punishment for our vices, why should we complain if we are not rewarded for our virtues?
Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give.
And capital punishment, however ineffective it may be and through whatever ignorance it may be resorted to, is a strictly defensive act, - at least in theory.
The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment is very unfair to anyone meditating murder
Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.
Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.
The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
When you grow suspicious of a person and begin a system of espionage upon him, your punishment will be that you will find your suspicions true.
Law is commands joined to threats of punishment.
Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.
Let the punishment fit the crime.
It is a smaller thing to suffer punishment than to have deserved it.
Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list.
Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense.
Well, there's no one at all, they do be saying, but is deserving of some punishment from the very minute of his birth.
Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars.
But this is not to say that the society which inflicts capital punishment commits murder.
Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate; it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life.
I was pulled over in Massachusetts for reckless driving. When brought before the judge, I was asked if I knew what the punishment for drunk driving in that state was. I said, "I don't know... reelection to the Senate?
Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come and is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born? This earth is not without some resemblance to a gaol. Who knows but that man is a victim of divine justice? Look closely at life. It is so constituted that one senses punishment everywhere.