Punishment Quotes

Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Well, there's no one at all, they do be saying, but is deserving of some punishment from the very minute of his birth.

Lady Gregory

Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense.

Marcus Tulius Cicero

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.

Yakov Smirnoff

It is a smaller thing to suffer punishment than to have deserved it.


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.

Marquis De Sade

Law is commands joined to threats of punishment.

John Austin

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.

Elbert Hubbard

The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment is very unfair to anyone meditating murder

Geoffrey Fisher

Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.

Woody Allen

The whole value of solitude depends upon one's self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it

John Lubbock

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.

Margaret Mead

The President of the United States would be liable to be impeached, tried, and upon conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors, removed from office; and would afterwards be liable to prosecution and punishment in the ordinary course of law. The person of the King of Great Britain is sacred and inviolable: There is no constitutional tribunal to which he is amenable, no punishment to which he can be subjected without involving the crisis of a national revolution.

Alexander Hamilton

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.

Albert Camus†

Marijuana is self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishment could there be?

P. J. O'Rourke
Social Media
Our Partners