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Punishment Quotes

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.

Author: Aristotle

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