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Punishment Quotes

These are some of the best 'Punishment' quotations and sayings.

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Back in pre-Revolutionary America "cruel and unusual punishment" meant the rack and burning at the stake... in more recent rulings it has been taken to mean the absence of cable television and denial of sex-change operations, or just overcrowding in the prisons. See quote detail

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.

Don't let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches just saved from shipwreck. Can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow passenger swallowed by the waves?

Even legal punishments lose all appearance of justice, when too strictly inflicted on men compelled by the last extremity of distress to incur them.

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.

God is on the side of virtue; for whoever dreads punishment suffers it, and whoever deserves it dreads it.

He that spareth his rod hateth his son.

If punishment makes not the will supple it hardens the offender.

It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary, and when grace doth most avail.

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea.

Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.

Let them stew in their own grease (or juice).

My object all sublime I shall achieve in time - To let the punishment fit the crime.

My punishment is greater than I can bear.

Never was the voice of conscience silenced without retribution.

No one should be twice punished for one crime.

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

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