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If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame.
      - Confucius

I stew all night in my own grease.
      - Nathaniel Cotton, Virgil Travestie (p. 35),
        (ed. 1807)

'Tis I that call, remember Milo's end,
  Wedged in that timber which he strove to rend.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon,
        Essay on Translated Verse--Ovid

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?
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

That is the bitterest of all,--to wear the yoke of our own wrong-doing.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. V, ch. XXXVI)

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

Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Send them into everlasting Coventry.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Manners,
        during English Civil War, officers were sent for punishment to the garrison at Conventry

Vengeance comes not slowly either upon you or any other wicked man, but steals silently and imperceptibly, placing its foot on the bad.
      - Euripides, Fragment

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
      - Henry Ford

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.
      - Elizabeth Fry

The schoolmaster deserves to be beaten himself who beats nature in a boy for a fault.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

My object all sublime
  I shall achieve in time--
    To let the punishment fit the crime.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Mikado

Something lingering with boiling oil in it . . . something humorous but lingering--with either boiling oil or melted lead.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Mikado

The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The best of us being unfit to die, what an unexpressible absurdity to put the worst to death.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Though punishment be slow, still it comes.
      - George Herbert

The Wolfe must dye in his owne skinne.
  [The wolf must die in his own skin.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Punishment follows close on crime.
  [Lat., Culpam poena premit comes.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (IV, 5, 24)

Do not pursue with the terrible scourge him who deserves a slight whip.
  [Lat., Ne scutica dignum horribili sectere flagello.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 3, 119)

Never yet were the feelings and instincts of our nature violated with impunity; never yet was the voice of conscience silenced without retribution.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Even legal punishments lose all appearance of justice, when too strictly inflicted on men compelled by the last extremity of distress to incur them.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.
      - Walter Savage Landor

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