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Everybody believes that capital punishment is wrong, but when they look at certain cases, they're quick to say, 'Put them to death,' or scream 'capital punishment.'
I do not believe having a baby is punishment.
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?
I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment.
But this is not to say that the society which inflicts capital punishment commits murder.
The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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.
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.
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.
This country is becoming increasingly authoritarian. It's based on capital punishment.
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
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.
All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil.
One of the things that Dostoevsky talks about is that no character is too high to fall and no character is too low to be redeemed. 'Crime and Punishment' began with a person going out and consciously becoming a cold-blooded murderer, and it took 800 pages and an epilogue before the person finally asked for forgiveness.
AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.
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.
I can take more punishment than anyone in the business.
I haven't took no punishment. There's nothing cool about taking punishment.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Countries and states which have capital punishment have a much higher rate of murder and crime than countries that do not, so that makes sense to me, and the moral question - I struggle with it morally.
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.
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.
All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation.
I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.
We need to understand the difference between discipline and punishment. Punishment is what you do to someone; discipline is what you do for someone.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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