Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.
Author: Woody Allen (1935)
Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian
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.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
Punishment is justice for the unjust.
Author: St. Augustine (354-430)
Profession: Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
Author: William Blake (1757-1827)
Profession: British Poet, Painter
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
Author: Jerry Brown
Hanging is too good for him said Mr. Cruelty.
Author: John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Profession: British Author
Then spare the rod and spoil the child.
Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
Profession: British Poet, Satirist
I should be very willing to redress men wrongs, and rather check than punish crimes, had not Cervantes, in that all too true tale of Quixote, shown how all such efforts fail.
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)
Profession: French Existential Writer
Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.
Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)
Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet
Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense.
Author: Marcus T. Cicero
Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician
It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace.
Author: Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)
Profession: French Dramatist
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
Author: Diogenes of Sinope
Profession: Cynic Philosopher
Thwackum was for doing justice, and leaving mercy to Heaven.
Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist
In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.
Author: Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
Profession: French Essayist, Philosopher