When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.
The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.
I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.
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.
Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.