Punishment Quotes

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.

Andre Gide

For long ages, too, no notice whatever was taken of the criminals sin; he was regarded as harmful, not guilty, and looked upon as a piece of destiny; and the criminal on his side took his punishment as a piece of destiny which had overtaken him, and bore it with the same fatalism ... In general we may say that punishment tames the man, but does not make him better.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.

GEORGE ORWELL

I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.

Bill Mahe

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.

Benjamin Tucker

Capital punishment kills immediately, whereas lifetime imprisonment does so slowly. Which executioner is more humane? The one who kills you in a few minutes, or the one who wrests your life from you in the course of many years?

Anton Chekhov

If we could do away with death, we wouldn’t object; to do away with capital punishment will be more difficult. Were that to happen, we would reinstate it from time to time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life.

Orrin Hatch

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

Oscar Wilde

Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect.

Bruno Bettelheim

Just vengeance does not call for punishment.

Pierre Corneille

Vices are their own punishment

Aesop

Punishment of a miser - to pay the drafts of his heir in his tomb.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment

Voltaire

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.

Victor Hugo
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