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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.


Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee

George Eliot

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.

Ambrose Bierce

Consul - in American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.

Andre Gide

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.


It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Emily Dickinson

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

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.

Jules Renard

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

Elizabeth I

God forgive you, but I never can.

Bill Maher

I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.


Clever tyrants are never punished.

Horace Mann

If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable.

Jimmy Carter

An act of terrorism totally outside the bounds of international law and diplomatic tradition. a crisis [that] calls for firmness and restraint.

Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

Jean Baudrillard

Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price. 

Saint Augustine

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

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

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

Steve King

We were in position better defensively. We hit and wrap and punished people more than we did the first week.

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.

Horace Mann

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.

Mahatma Gandhi

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.

William Shakespeare

Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.

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.

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.