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Punishment Quotes

Quite ironically, though we are living in a free world our lives are guided and governed by set of norms, non-abidance of which stigmatize you as deviant. There are set rules governing all our actions, rights and freedoms and any deviant behavior calls for punishment as defined by the law. Punishment is the authoritative right of an institution or organization whose rules and guidelines are breached by an individual or group. Go through these famous penalty/chastisement quotations and sayings to get familiar with various aspects of punishment.

Jules Renard

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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.

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

Marijuana is self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishment could there be?

Theodore Roosevelt

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.

Thomas Jefferson

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

Thomas Paine

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.

Charlize Theron

Countries and states which have capital punishment have a much higher rate of murder and crime than countries that do not, so that makes sense to me, and the moral question - I struggle with it morally.

Richard Attenborough

I am passionately opposed to capital punishment, and I have been all my life.

Henry Ford

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

It's absolutely clear that whatever cruel and unusual punishments may - may mean with regard to future things, such as death by injection or the electric chair, it's clear that - that the death penalty, in and of itself, is not considered cruel and unusual punishment.

Antonin Scalia

Like other human institutions, courts and juries are not perfect. One cannot have a system of criminal punishment without accepting the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

I haven't took no punishment. There's nothing cool about taking punishment.

Patrick Mahomes

Coming from college, where they tell you exactly what you have to do, and they tell you have to be at this at this time, you kind of get punishment for that. Now you're in the NFL, and you have to do it on your own.

Margaret Mead

It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.

Antonin Scalia

The American people have determined that the good to be derived from capital punishment - in deterrence, and perhaps most of all in the meting out of condign justice for horrible crimes - outweighs the risk of error.

Being a Secret Service agent, I have an obligation not to disclose personal conversations and security details. But that doesn't prevent me from speaking generally about foundational principles and the system of patronage and punishment I saw in the Obama administration.

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.

Saint Augustine

Punishment is justice for the unjust.


Fear follows crime and is its punishment.


The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

George Bernard Shaw

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.

Simone Weil

As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles.

Ernest Hemingway

A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.

James Madison

I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.

Emily Dickinson

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.

If you are sentenced to torture for a crime, yes, that is a cruel punishment. But the mere fact that somebody is tortured is - is unlawful under - under our statutes, but the Constitution happens not to address it, just as it does not address a lot of other horrible things.

Antonin Scalia

We have laws against torture. The Constitution says nothing whatever about torture. It speaks of punishment; 'cruel and unusual' punishments are forbidden.

Saint Augustine

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

Madonna Ciccone

Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.

John Ruskin

Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts... to my surprise... almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

I'm not in this sport to take punishment.

Zig Ziglar

We need to understand the difference between discipline and punishment. Punishment is what you do to someone; discipline is what you do for someone.

I wanted to have no ribs. I wore what was called a waist-nipper in those days. My mother made it. It's a piece of rubber band I wore around to hold my rib cage in. I don't know why I always loved that. I guess I was a glutton for punishment. I think I was born one of those people who loved swords and fought in armor.

Ted Cruz

I support capital punishment. But let's be clear: It's a decision for each state to make.

We need to look at the totality of the things that we're labeling as violent and really examine whether we need to have some more proportionality in terms of the punishment fitting the crime that's done. The bright line that we have right now, between violent and nonviolent, does not account for shades of gray.

Pete Buttigieg

It's time to join the ranks of nations that have put the ugliness of capital punishment behind them.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.