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Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Saint Augustine (354-430) Theologian.

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 (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

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

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

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

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

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 (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.


Every guilty person is his own hangman.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

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

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) American writer and philanthropist.

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

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

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.