When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences.
Every crime is born of necessity. If you want less crime, you must change the conditions. Poverty makes crime. Want, rags, crusts, failure, misfortune — all these awake the wild beast in man, and finally he takes, and takes contrary to law, and becomes a criminal. And what do you do with him? You punish him. Why not punish a man for having consumption? The time will come when you will see that that is just as logical.
Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.
As one reads history . . . one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.
Punishment is directed primarily at the potentially guilty.
I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.
If only corporal punishment cured low self-esteem.