Punishment Proverbs

Sayings about Punishment

The punishment of a liar is that he is never believed, even when he speaks the truth. ~ Hebrew Proverb

A sin of gold is followed by a punishment of lead. ~ Russian Proverb

Great thieves punish little ones. ~ Traditional Proverb

God wanted to punish mankind, so he created lawyers. ~ Russian Proverbs

He who does not punish evil invites it. ~ German Proverbs

Look not at thieves eating meat, but look at them suffering punishment. ~ Chinese Proverb

Laws without punishment are like bells with no clackers. ~ Czech Proverbs

Punishment is a cripple, but it arrives. ~ Spanish Proverbs

It is cruelty to the innocent not to punish the guilty. ~ Syrian Proverbs

When God wants to punish an idiot, He teaches them a few words of Hebrew. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

Two things rule the world — reward and punishment. ~ Bosnian Proverbs

If your buttocks burn, you know you have done wrong. ~ South African Proverb

When God punishes a land, he deprives it’s leaders of wisdom. ~ Italian Proverbs

You will never be punished for making people die of laughter. ~ Chinese Proverb

Law cannot persuade when it cannot punish. ~ Traditional Proverb

The enemy’s own punishment is his envy. ~ Indian Proverbs

Every sin brings its punishment with it. ~ Romanian Proverbs

When God punishes a land, he deprives it leaders of wisdom. ~ Italian Proverb

What a man suffers is the punishment of his tongue. ~ Turkish Proverbs

To punish a student, use a shoe lace. ~ Hebrew Proverb

That fear may reach all, punish but few. ~ Traditional Proverb

Undeserved punishment is better than that which is deserved. ~ Indian Proverb

Quotations about Punishment

It is less to suffer punishment than to deserve it. ~ Ovid

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

Let the punishment be equal with the offence. ~ Cicero

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented. ~ Henry Louis Mencken

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prisons don’t rehabilitate, they don’t punish, they don’t protect, so what the hell do they do? ~ Jerry Brown

Many without punishment, none without sin. ~ John Ray

The time that precedes punishment is the severest part of it. ~ Seneca

Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime. ~ Woody Allen

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

The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing. ~ Voltaire

It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine. ~ Plato

I hear much of people’s calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent. ~ Daniel Defoe

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender. ~ John Locke

Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Let those who have deserved their punishment, bear it patiently. ~ Ovid

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds. ~ Seneca

Well, there’s no one at all, they do be saying, but is deserving of some punishment from the very minute of his birth. ~ Lady Gregory

Punishment follows close on crime. ~ Horace

I should be very willing to redress men wrongs, and rather check than punish crimes, had not Cervantes, in that all too true tale of Quixote, shown how all such efforts fail. ~ Lord Byron

Punishment is justice for the unjust. ~ St. Augustine

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

If punishment makes not the will supple it hardens the offender. ~John Locke

And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. ~ Bible

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it. ~ Cato

The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

The sins committed by many pass unpunished. ~ Lucanus

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust. ~ Saint Aurelius Augustine

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute. ~ Samuel Johnson

If he who breaks the law is not punished, he who obeys it is cheated. . ~ Thomas Szasz

Don’t let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck. Can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves? ~ George Eliot

Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one. ~ Ellen Key

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted. ~ Cicero

There is no greater punishment than that of being abandoned to one’s self. ~ Pasquier Quesnel

If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. ~ Confucius

Though punishment be slow, still it comes. ~ George Herbert

Even legal punishments lose all appearance of justice, when too strictly inflicted on men compelled by the last extremity of distress to incur them. ~ Junius

In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating. ~ Michel Foucault

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal. ~ Elizabeth Fry

The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

The severest punishment a man can receive who has injured another, is to have committed the injury; and no man is more severely punished than he who is subject to the whip of his own repentance. ~ Seneca

Every great example of punishment has in it some injustice, but the suffering individual is compensated by the public good. ~ Tacitus

The object of punishment is, prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good. ~ Horace Mann

Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

God is on the side of virtue; for whoever dreads punishment suffers it, and whoever deserves it, dreads it . ~ Charles Caleb Colton

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain. ~ William Gilmore Simms

Corporeal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty. ~ Seneca

The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack. ~ David Herbert Lawrence

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another. ~ Juvenal

Nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. ~Abraham Lincoln

If we escape punishment for our vices, why should we complain if we are not rewarded for our virtues? ~ John Churton Collins

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