It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
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.
I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
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.
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 object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.
And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.
I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.