When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself.

— Lewis B. Smedes

Inspiring Wrongdoer quotations

When people came to Christ accusing a person of doing wrong, the Master could not think of anything else but forgiveness. For he did not see in the wrongdoer what the others saw. To distinguish between right and wrong is not the work of an ordinary mind, and the curious thing is that the more ignorant a person is, the more ready he is to do so.

He who is present at a wrongdoing and does not lift a hand to prevent it, is as guilty as the wrongdoers.

The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.

Forgiveness is created by the restitution of the abuser;

of the wrongdoer. It is not something to be squeeeeeezed out of the victim in a further act of conscience-corrupting abuse.

For a wrongdoer to be undetected is difficult;

and for him to have confidence that his concealment will continue is impossible.

Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.

The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.

The sinner sins against himself; the wrongdoer wrongs himself, becoming the worse by his own action.

God has ordained the state as a delegated authority;

it is not autonomous. The state is to be an agent of justice, to restrain evil by punishing the wrongdoer, and to protect the good in society. When it does the reverse, it has no proper authority. It is then a usurped authority and as such it becomes lawless and is tyranny.

Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer.

If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, then it isn’t mercy, but forgiveness always comes at a cost to the one granting the forgiveness.

When you admonish a wrongdoer, do so gently, that it may not lead to hostility.

I have no doubt that aggressively going after wrongdoing can result in real improvement. Fewer wrongdoers in city government means more honest employees; it means better city services; it means more efficient government. And punishing wrongdoing can have a strong ripple effect that deters others from going down the wrong path.

I believe that no one should be executed, guilty or innocent.

There are appropriate sanctions that protect society and punish wrongdoers without forcing us to stoop to the level of the least among us at his or her worst moment.

Americans like to humiliate wrongdoers.

..We like, in short, to punish. It makes us feel good. By every conceivable metric - arrests, prosecutions, duration of sentences, conditions of imprisonment - the United States is by far the most punitive rich democracy.

We will only begin to forgive when we can look upon the wrongdoers as ourselves, neither better nor worse. We need to remember that we coexist as mortals in the world, together, the wronged and the wrongdoer, and that, in our common humanity, the situation could readily be reversed.

Solon being asked, namely, what city was best to live in.

That city, he replied, in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to punish the wrongdoers.

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own — not of the same blood or birth, but of the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions.

We want to take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them.

The wrongdoer is often the person who left something undone, rather than the person who has done something

With our sympathy for the wrongdoer we need the old Puritan and Quaker hatred of wrongdoing; with our just tolerance of men and opinions a righteous abhorrence of sin.

A wrong action may not bring its reaction at once, even as fresh milk turns not sour at once: like a smouldering fire concealed under ashes it consumes the wrongdoer, the fool.

Writers ought to be regarded as wrongdoers who deserve to be acquitted or pardoned only in the rarest cases: that would be a way to keep books from getting out of hand.

Oppression works in such a way that it holds every person responsible for the acts of any wrongdoer of the oppressed group.

Danger invites rescue. ... The wrongdoer may not have foreseen the coming of a deliverer. He is accountable as if he had.

That city in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to punish the wrongdoers.

The Good News is that God's mercy and forgiveness extend to those who repent.

Mercy does not mean approving of something that is sinful, but does absolve the wrongdoer after a change of heart takes place in the sinner through the gift of God's grace.

The (capital punishment) controversy passes the anarch by.

For him, the linking of death and punishment is absurd. In this respect, he is closer to the wrongdoer than to the judge, for the high-ranking culprit who is condemned to death is not prepared to acknowledge his sentence as atonement; rather, he sees his guilt in his own inadequacy. Thus, he recognizes himself not as a moral but as a tragic person.

You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody even by a wrong call. And then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you've ever made, every friend you've ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to sort to derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.

A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something.

This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil.

Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer.