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

Voltaire, writer

When God punishes a land, he deprives it leaders of wisdom.

Italian Proverbs,

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

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

Every guilty person is his own hangman.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

Take away the danger and remove the restraint, and wayward nature runs free.

Horace, poet

Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?

Diogenes, philosopher

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Saint Augustine, philosopher

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, comedian

If your buttocks burn, you know you have done wrong.

African Proverbs,

Work is not man's punishment! It is his reward and his strength, his glory and his pleasure.

George Sand, novelist

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown, politician

Then spare the rod and spoil the child.

Samuel Butler, poet

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, theologian

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, writer

In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.

Michel Foucault, historian

Many without punishment, none without sin.

John Ray, environmentalist

Next to the prosperity of a good person, I am best pleased with the confusion of a rascal.


Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.

Miguel de Cervantes, novelist

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

Andre Gide, novelist

No one provokes me with impunity.

Mary Queen Of Scots, royalty

All in all, punishment hardens and renders people more insensible; it concentrates; it increases the feeling of estrangement; it strengthens the power of resistance.

Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.

Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer

And where the offence is, let the great axe fall.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

Our system is the height of absurdity, since we treat the culprit both as a child, so as to have the right to punish him, and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.

Claude LeviStrauss,

As the bull market goes on, people who take great risks achieve great rewards, seemingly without punishment. It's like crime without punishment or sex without sin.

Ron Chernow, author

Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.

William Blake, poet

As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles.

Simone Weil, philosopher

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

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

Albert Einstein, physicist

Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen.

Edward F. Halifax, statesman

Thwackum was for doing justice, and leaving mercy to Heaven.

Henry Fielding, novelist

One should not lift the rod against our enemies upon the private information of another.


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, writer

But this is not to say that the society which inflicts capital punishment commits murder.

Benjamin Tucker, activist

That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd, as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever entered into the head of mortal man.

George Berkeley, philosopher

Ever since Eve started it all by offering Adam the apple, woman's punishment has been to supply a man with food then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him.

Helen Rowland, writer

I would like to see capital punishment suppressed in all democracies.

Lionel Jospin, statesman

I am telling you before anything, that the blood of the martyrs and the injured will not go in vain. And I would like to affirm, I will not hesitate to punish those who are responsible fiercely. I will hold those in charge who have violated the rights of our youth with the harshest punishment stipulated in the law.

Hosni Mubarak, statesman

As an American I wanted to explore... why are we the only first world country that still has capital punishment? Is it because we're too afraid to really examine the system, or is it because we really truly believe that this is the best way to deter future crime?

Jodi Picoult, author

Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.

Thomas Szasz, psychologist

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.

Henry Ford, industrialist

Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.

Eli Khamarov, writer

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.

Emily Dickinson, poet

If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.

Steve Allen, entertainer

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

Orrin Hatch, politician

Suicide is possible, but not probable; hanging, I trust, is even more unlikely; for I hope that, by the time I die, my countrymen will have become civilised enough to abolish capital punishment.

Laurence Housman, playwright

By the fulfillment of my legal and moral duty I think I have earned punishment just as little as the tens of thousands of dutiful German officials who have now been imprisoned only because they carried out their duties.

Wilhelm Frick, celebrity

It seems proper, at all events, that by an early enactment similar to that of other countries the application of public money by an officer of Government to private uses should be made a felony and visited with severe and ignominious punishment.

Martin Van Buren, president

I wanted to show that crime doesn't pay. If you are saved and accept the Lord, you cannot use that as an excuse to avoid punishment.

Robert Duvall, actor

The method of collective punishment so far has proved effective.

Moshe Dayan, soldier

There must be no worse punishment to a totalitarian nation than the withdrawal of capital.

Jerzy Kosinski, novelist

Homelessness is a part of our American system. There should be nothing wrong with this condition as long as the individual is not sentenced to unnecessary suffering and punishment.

Jerzy Kosinski, novelist

If you're going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.

Jayne Mansfield, actress

God ceases to be God only for those who can admit the possibility of His non-existence, and that conception is in itself the most severe punishment they can suffer.

Giacomo Casanova, celebrity

The bill neither confers nor abridges the rights of anyone but simply declares that in civil rights there shall be equality among all classes of citizens and that all alike shall be subject to the same punishment.

Lyman Trumbull, politician

The way the terrorist is trained to operate, especially the suicide terrorists, makes punishment and the threat of punishment far less valuable to those who would prevent the crime.

John Ashcroft, public servant

I wish you to inform the Court that my absence, though deliberate, is not intended in any way to be disrespectful. Nor is it prompted by any fear of the punishment which might be inflicted on me.

Bram Fischer, lawyer

If in my fight I can encourage even some people to understand and to abandon policies they now so blindly follow, I shall not regret any punishment I may incur.

Bram Fischer, lawyer

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.

Irwin Shaw, novelist

They have shrunk from inquiry, though they have strained after punishment. I have in every shape dared the one, that I might, so far as lay in my power, be able to secure the other.

Joseph Howe, politician

It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace.

Pierre Corneille, dramatist

Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but is serves no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment.

William J. Brennan, judge

This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.

Juvenal, poet

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.

Matthew Henry, clergyman

To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.

Ramakrishna, leader

A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment.

B. F. Skinner, psychologist

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.

George Orwell, author

I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.

James Madison, president

It may be that the most striking thing about members of my literary generation in retrospect will be that we were allowed to say absolutely anything without fear of punishment.

Kurt Vonnegut, author

I can take more punishment than anyone in the business.

Ric Flair, professional wrestler

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

Saint Augustine, philosopher

We need to look at the totality of the things that we're labeling as violent and really examine whether we need to have some more proportionality in terms of the punishment fitting the crime that's done. The bright line that we have right now, between violent and nonviolent, does not account for shades of gray.

Cory Booker, senator

One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts... to my surprise... almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, president

We have found that morals are not, like bacon, to be cured by hanging; nor, like wine, to be improved by sea voyages; nor, like honey, to be preserved in cells.

William Cooke Taylor,

Fear follows crime and is its punishment.

Voltaire, writer

But I knew if I ran I'd never be able to sing, so I had to take my punishment.

Aaron Neville, musician

Hanging is too good for him said Mr. Cruelty.

John Bunyan, clergyman

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.

Mahatma Gandhi, activist

Let's reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools - and use it on the teachers.

P. J. O'Rourke, comedian

The English sent all their bores abroad, and acquired the Empire as a punishment.

Edward Bond, playwright

I always wanted to be somebody. If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.

Althea Gibson, athlete

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.

Elizabeth Fry, clergyman

Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.

Robert Baden-Powell, soldier

Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles... respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law... or, in a word justice.

Max Nordau, critic

Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.

Vittorio Alfieri, dramatist

The principle inherent in the clause that prohibits pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less severe punishment can adequately achieve the same purposes invalidates the punishment.

William J. Brennan, judge

That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell.

Thomas Aquinas, theologian

Fines are preferable to imprisonment and other types of punishment because they are more efficient. With a fine, the punishment to offenders is also revenue to the State.

Gary Becker, economist

The idea that you earn things - that you earn respect, that you earn income, responsibility. the vote, punishment... these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind.

Dennis Prager, journalist

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.

John Calvin, theologian

All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil.

Jeremy Bentham, philosopher

The word nobody wants to use, but you see if you are here illegally, that's the punishment, deportation.

Tom Tancredo, politician

This system of encouragement proves serviceable as a preventive of punishment, the attainment of the tickets being a reward, the forfeiture of them the reverse; and, as such, boys seem often more affected by their loss than by coercion.

Joseph Lancaster, educator

If the executioner goes, my package will never be made public. If he doesn't go, it will be made public exactly fifty years from the day the bill for a moratorium on capital punishment is defeated.

Caryl Chessman, celebrity

The punishment should fit the crime and if a doctor or drug company does harm knowingly or negligently to a patient they should be compensated to make them whole.

Corrine Brown, politician

I am passionately opposed to capital punishment, and I have been all my life.

Richard Attenborough, actor

I propose a Constitutional Amendment providing that, if any public official, elected or appointed, at any level of government, is caught lying to any member of the public for any reason, the punishment shall be death by public hanging.

L. Neil Smith, writer

I didn't really escape that gravity until I moved 300 miles south to go to college at 18, where authorship no longer seemed something liable to induce vengeful punishment.

David Knopfler, musician

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