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To kiss the rod.
      - Unattributed Author,
        History of Reynard the Fox,
        (William Caxton's translation, printed by him) (1481)

See they suffer death,
  But in their deaths remember they are men,
    Strain not the laws to make their tortures grievous.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act III, sc. 5)

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.
      - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

That kind of discipline whose pungent severity is in the manifestations of paternal love, compassion, and tenderness is the most sure of its object.
      - Hosea Ballou

The goodness of God to mankind is no less evinced in the chastisement with which He corrects His children than in the smiles of His providence; for the Lord will not cast off forever, but though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.
      - Hosea Ballou

And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XIX, v. 21)

And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. IV, v. 13)

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. IX, v. 6)

And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;
  Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.
      - Bible, Leviticus (ch. XIX, v. 19-20)

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. XVII, v. 2)

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
      - Bible, Mark (ch. IX, v. 43-44)

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIII, v. 24)

Let them stew in their own grease (or juice).
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck,
        to Mr. Malet at Meaux, at the time of the Franco-German war

He that hath deserved hanging may be glad to escape with a whipping.
      - Thomas Brooks

Some have been beaten till they know
  What wood a cudgel's of by th' blow:
    Some kick'd until they can feel whether
      A shoe be Spanish or neat's leather.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto I, l. 121)

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Frieth in his own grease.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (V, 6069), The Wife of Bath's Tale

Let the punishment be equal with the offence.
  [Lat., Noxiae poena par esto.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Legibus (bk. III, 20)

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.
  [Lat., Cavendum est ne major poena quam culpa sit; et ne iisdem de causis alii plectantur, alii ne appellentur quidem.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 23)

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
      - Ramsey Clark

He is next to the gods whom reason, and not passion, impels; and who, after weighing the facts, can measure the punishment with discretion.
  [Lat., Diis proximus ille est
    Quem ratio non ira movet: qui factor rependens
      Consilio punire potest.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus),
        De Consulatu Malii Theodori Panygyris

To leave no interval between the sentence and the fulfillment of it doth beseem God only, the Immutable!
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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

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