The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.
Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.
Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.
When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
It is not at the table, but in prison, that you learn who your true friends are.
The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.