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Punishment Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Punishment

Please enjoy these Punishment Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Justice that love gives is a surrender,
justice that law gives is a punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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Correcting bad habits cannot be done
by forbidding or punishment.
- Robert Baden-Powell (the founder of scouting)

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

To believe in a just law of cause and effect,
carrying with it a punishment or a reward,
is to believe in righteousness.
- Ernest Holmes

Work is not man's punishment.
It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
- George Sand

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight,
and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
- Oscar Wilde

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If people are good only because they
fear punishment, and hope for reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed.
- Albert Einstein

Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment
is seven years in prison,
locked up with the other men.
There is a three year waiting list.
- Yakov Smirnoff

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

Punishment is lame, but it comes.
- George Herbert

Hatred is self-punishment.
- Hosea Ballou

Just vengeance does not call for punishment.
- Pierre Corneille

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment
for having disturbed the reader's peace.
The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
- Anatole Broyard

This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of
his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.
- Juvenal

To sin offers repentance and forgiveness;
not to sin offers only punishment.
- Jose Bergamin

Disgrace does not consist in the punishment,
but in the crime.
- Vittorio Alfieri

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.
- Voltaire

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
- Emily Dickinson

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or
can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.
- George Orwell

Going to the opera, like getting drunk,
is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
- Hannah More

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

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when
the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when
the negro woman is the accusing party.
- Ida B. Wells

Punishment cannot heal spirits, can only break them.
- Barbara Deming

But this is not to say that the society which inflicts
capital punishment commits murder.
- Benjamin Tucker

The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To work without attachment is to work without the expectation
of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next.
Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.
- Ramakrishna

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault
the punishment it deserves.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

As the bull market goes on, people who take great risks achieve great rewards,
seemingly without punishment.
It's like crime without punishment or sex without sin.
- Ron Chernow

I'm currently raising a 15 year old son and an 18 year old daughter,
which a guess is my punishment for a wild youth!
- Gil Gerard

Evil gains work their punishment.
- Sophocles

That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace
of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the
punishment of the damned in hell.
- Thomas Aquinas

If you're going to do something wrong,
do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.
- Jayne Mansfield

Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given,
but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority,
not a self-control which enhances our self-respect.
- Bruno Bettelheim

Guilt always hurries towards its complement,
punishment; only there does its satisfaction lie.
- Lawrence Durrell

I learned early about the misery and dangers of life,
and about the afterlife, about the external punishment
which awaited the children of sin in Hell.
- Edvard Munch

No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball,
with cause and effect, crime and punishment,
motive and result, so cleanly defined.
- Paul Gallico

The English sent all their bores abroad,
and acquired the Empire as a punishment.
- Edward Bond

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.
- Simone Weil

Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.
- Zhuangzi

I can take more punishment than anyone in the business.
- Ric Flair

Vice Is like a fury to the vicious mind,
And turns delight itself to punishment.
- Ben Jonson

Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history
that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not
only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.
- Robert Mugabe

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

He who is in evil, is also in the punishment of evil.
- Emanuel Swedenborg

Confession is always weakness.
The grave soul keeps its own secrets,
and takes its own punishment in silence.
- Dorothy Dix

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

Love or not, I wouldn't subject a wife to the road.
It's punishment.
- Billy Strayhorn

If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment,
half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.
- Steve Allen

The way the terrorist is trained to operate,
especially the suicide terrorists, makes punishment
and the threat of punishment far less valuable to those
who would prevent the crime.
- John Ashcroft

The word nobody wants to use, but you see if you are here illegally,
that's the punishment, deportation.
- Tom Tancredo

That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd,
as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever
entered into the head of mortal man.
- George Berkeley

Let's not talk punishment.
- George Steinbrenner

If in my fight I can encourage even some people to
understand and to abandon policies they now so blindly follow,
I shall not regret any punishment I may incur.
- Bram Fischer

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

Capital punishment is the source of many an argument,
both good and bad.
- Marilyn vos Savant

In my childhood I always felt that I was treated unjustly,
without a mother, sick, and with the threat of punishment
in Hell hanging over my head.
- Edvard Munch

Ever since Eve started it all by offering Adam the apple,
woman's punishment has been to supply a man with food
then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him.
- Helen Rowland

The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment
is very unfair to anyone meditating murder.
- Geoffrey Fisher

I didn't really escape that gravity until I moved 300
miles south to go to college at 18,
where authorship no longer seemed something liable
to induce vengeful punishment.
- David Knopfler

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.
- Margaret Mead

But I knew if I ran I'd never be able to sing,
so I had to take my punishment.
- Aaron Neville

Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment
for a child than beating.
- Samuel Richardson

I wanted to show that crime doesn't pay.
If you are saved and accept the Lord,
you cannot use that as an excuse to avoid punishment.
- Robert Duvall

There is no greater glory than love,
nor any great punishment than jealously.
- Lope de Vega

I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on
the Mount and not come out against capital punishment.
- Tony Campolo

A punishment to some, to some a gift,
and to many a favor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence.
Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

And then ESPN fired me.
I did not think that was a fitting punishment.
- Gregg Easterbrook

Homelessness is a part of our American system.
There should be nothing wrong with this condition as
long as the individual is not sentenced to unnecessary
suffering and punishment.
- Jerzy Kosinski


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