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Let fierce contending nations know what dire effects from civil discord flow.
      - Joseph Addison

Nemesis is one of God's handmaids.
      - William R. Alger

God's mills grind slow,
  But they grind woe.
      - William R. Alger,
        Oriental Poetry--Delayed Retribution

My lord cardinal (Cardinal Richelieu), there is one fact which you seem to have entirely forgotten. God is a sure paymaster. He may not pay at the end of every week or month or year; but I charge you, remember that He pays in the end.
      - Anne of Austria

In vain we attempt to clear our conscience by affecting to compensate for fraud or cruelty by acts of strict religious homage towards God.
      - Hugh Blair

He whom God hath gifted with a love of retirement possesses, as it were, an extra sense.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The world cannot afford to damn its sinners, nor will it be saved without their help. Humanity is one, and not till Lazarus is cured of his sores will Dives be safe. Whoever will thrust Magdalen into the pit will find that he has dropped with her into the flames the key that should have opened heaven for him, and assuredly shall he remain outside until she, her purification completed, shall take pity on him and bring it thence.
      - Celia Burleigh

I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Heaven never defaults. The wicked are sure of their wages, sooner or later.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The essence of justice is mercy. Making a child suffer for wrong-doing is merciful to the child. There is no mercy in letting the child have its own will, plunging headlong to destruction with the bits in its mouth. There is no mercy to society nor to the criminal if the wrong is not repressed and the right vindicated. We injure the culprit who comes up to take his proper doom at the bar of justice, if we do not make him feel that he has done a wrong thing. We may deliver his body from the prison, but not at the expense of justice nor to his own injury.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Passing too eagerly upon a provocation loses the guard and lays open the body; calmness and leisure and deliberation do the business much better.
      - Jeremy Collier

Heaven often regulates effects by their causes, and pays the wicked what they have deserved.
      - Pierre Corneille

Nemesis is lame; but she is of colossal stature, like the gods, and sometimes, while her sword is not yet unsheathed, she stretches out her huge left arm and grasps her victim. The mighty hand is invisible, but the victim totters under the dire clutch.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

"One soweth and another reapeth," is a verity that applies to evil as well as good.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The divine power moves with difficulty, but at the same time surely.
      - Euripides, Bacchoe (382)

The ways of the gods are long, but in the end they are not without strength.
      - Euripides, Ion (I, 1615)

Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.
      - Eric Hoffer

But grant the wrath of Heaven be great, 'tis slow.
  [Lat., Ut sit magna tamen certe lenta ira deorum est.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 100), (Gifford's translation)

Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small;
  Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.
      - Baron Friedrich von Logau

Through the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small;
  Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.
      - Baron Friedrich von Logau, Retribution,
        from the "Sinngedichte"

To be left alone
  And face to face with my own crime, had been
    Just retribution.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora
         (pt. VIII, In the Garden)

Nothing is more common than for great thieves to ride in triumph when small ones are punished. But let wickedness escape as it may, at the law it never fails of doing itself justice; for every guilty person is his own hangman.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

O heaven, that such companions thou 'ldst unfold, and put in every honest hand a whip to lash the rascals naked through the world.
      - William Shakespeare

When Marcus Brutus grows so covetous
  To lock such rascal encounters from his friends,
    Be ready, gods, with all your thunderbolts,
      Dash him to pieces!
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

Old age seizes upon an ill-spent youth like fire upon a rotten house.
      - Bishop Robert South

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