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Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
In countries with a properly functioning legal system, the mob continues to exist, but it is rarely called upon to mete out capital punishment. The right to take human life belongs to the state. Not so in societies where weak courts and poor law enforcement are combined with intractable structural injustices.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
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.
Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.
I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment.
Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.
What grieves me most in my past offenses, O my loving God, is not so much the punishment I have deserved, as the displeasure I have given You, Who are worthy of infinite love.
At the school I attended, the clergyman who ran the cathedral school in Shanghai would give lines to the boys as a punishment. They expected you to copy out, say, 20 or 30 pages from one of the school texts. But I found that rather than laboriously copying out something from a novel by Charles Dickens, it was easier if I made it up myself.
J. G. Ballard
If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service.
Ida B. Wells
Punishment is justice for the unjust.
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
Well I certainly have learned and I hope I'm moving on and certainly two years of prison was a terrible punishment.
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.
We need to understand the difference between discipline and punishment. Punishment is what you do to someone; discipline is what you do for someone.
I do not believe having a baby is punishment.
It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
But this is not to say that the society which inflicts capital punishment commits murder.
To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.
There are things I take sides about, like capital punishment, which it seems to me there is only one side about: it is evil. But there are two or three sides to sexual harassment, and the moment you get into particular cases, there is injustice in every conceivable direction. It's a mess.
A. S. Byatt
This country is becoming increasingly authoritarian. It's based on capital punishment.
Opponents of capital punishment argue that the state has no right to take a murderer's life. Apparently, one fact that abolitionists forget or overlook is that the state is acting not only on behalf of society, but also on behalf of the murdered person and the murdered person's family.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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