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PUNISHMENT
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When men of talents are punished, authority is strengthened.
  [Lat., Punitis ingeniis, gliscit auctoritas.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV, 35)

Every great example of punishment has in it some injustice, but the suffering individual is compensated by the public good.
  [Lat., Habet aliquid ex iniquo omne magnum exemplum, quod contra singulos, utilitate publica rependitus.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XIV, 44)

The woman, Spaniel, the walnut tree.
  The more you beat them the better they be.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        from an early song

Our measure of rewards and punishments is most partial and incomplete, absurdly inadequate, utterly worldly; and we wish to continue it into the next world. Into that next and awful world we strive to pursue men, and send after them our impotent paltry verdicts of condemnation or acquittal. We set up our paltry little rod to measure heaven immeasurable.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Strike, not hear.
  [Lat., Vebera sed audi.]
      - Themistocles,
        when Eurybiades, commander of the Spartan fleet, raised his staff to strike him, in Plutarch's "Life of Themistocles", ch. XI

Ah, wretch! even though one may be able at first to conceal his perjuries, yet punishment creeps on, though late, with noiseless step.
  [Lat., Ah, miser! et si quis primo perjuria celat,
    Sera tamen tacitis Poena venit pedibus.]
      - Albius Tibullus, Carmina (I, 9, 3)

They spare the rod, and spoyle the child.
      - Ralph Venning, Mysteries and Revelations
         (p. 5), (1649)

The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.
      - George Washington

What heavy guilt upon him lies!
  How cursed is his name!
    The ravens shall pick out his eyes,
      And eagles eat the same.
      - Isaac Watts, Obedience

Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Thou mockest? Tremble! the avenger's lightning bolts do not forever dormant lie.
  [Ger., Du spottest noch? Erzittre! Immer schlafen
    Des Rachers Blitze nicht.]
      - Christoph Martin Wieland, Oberon (I, 50)

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.
      - Sir Henry Wotton,
        The Disparity between Buckingham and Essex

Jupiter is late in looking into his note-book.
      - Zenobius (Zenodatus), Cent (IV, 111)


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