The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.
Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.
Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
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.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.
It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.
I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
It was only when I lay there on the rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states nor between social classes nor between political parties, but right through every human heart, through all human hearts. And that is why I turn back to the years of my imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those about me, bless you, prison, for having been a part of my life.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.