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

 

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No one provokes me with impunity.
~ Mary Queen Of Scots

 

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One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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

 

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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 Levi-Strauss

 

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

 

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

 

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Punishment is justice for the unjust.
~ St. Augustine

 

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Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.
~ John Ruskin

 

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Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
~ Albert Camus

 

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

 

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

 

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The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
~ Aristotle

 

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

 

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Then I despair... I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always.
~ Andre Malraux

 

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Then spare the rod and spoil the child.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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