There are different kinds of justice. Retributive justice is largely Western. The African understanding is far more restorative - not so much to punish as to redress or restore a balance that has been knocked askew.
Reward excellent failures. Punish mediocre successes.tom peters
Your ancestors came to Macedonia and the rest of Hellas [Greece] and did us great harm, though we had done them no prior injury. I have been appointed leader of the Greeks, and wanting to Punish the Persians I have come to Asia, which I took from you.Alexander the Great
To Punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.Albert Einstein
Why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest? Punish a body which he could not please; Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease? And all to leave what with his toil he won To that unfeathered two-legged thing, a son.john dryden
He would Punish everyone who deserved it: why, he wouldn't have minded being punished himself if he deserved it; but, then, he never did deserve it. 303
Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy and consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather Punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape.w. e. b. dubois
And now, farewell to kindness, humanity and gratitude… I have substituted myself for Providence in rewarding the good; may the God of vengeance now yield me His place to Punish the wicked.alexandre dumas
And as I was looking at those towers that were destroyed in Lebanon, it occurred to me that we have to Punish the transgressor with the same, and that we had to destroy the towers in America, so that they taste what we tasted and they stop killing our women and children.osama bin laden
If Christianity were true religious persecution would become a pious and charitable duty: if God designs to Punish men for their opinions it would be an act of mercy to mankind to extinguish such opinions. By burning the bodies of those who diffuse them many souls would be saved that would otherwise be lost, and so there would be an economy of torment in the long run. It is therefore not surprising that enthusiasts should be intolerant.william winwood reade
Hasn’t there … been a little too much zeal in our reproof of children and friends for yielding to the temptations we ourselves find it most difficult to resist? We Punish where we can least afford to sympathize. Of all the horrors of the daily news, it seems hardest to imagine the kind of cruelty that is intensified by the pain of its victims, but whenever we feel sympathy would weaken us, we are a little closer to the torturer.james richardson
The man who barely abstains from violating either the person, or the estate, or the reputation of his neighbours, has surely very little positive merit. He fulfils, however, all the rules of what is peculiarly called justice, and does every thing which his equals can with propriety force him to do, or which they can Punish him for not doing. We may often fulfil all the rules of justice by sitting still and doing nothing.Adam Smith
The aim of the law is not to Punish sins, but is to prevent certain external results.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
If you err it is not for me to Punish you. We are punished by our sins not for them.elbert hubbard
But it is recognized that punishment for the abuse of the liberty accorded to the press is essential to the protection of the public, and that the common law rules that subject the libeler to responsibility for the public offense, as well as for the private injury, are not abolished by the protection extended in our constitutions. The law of criminal libel rests upon that secure foundation. There is also the conceded authority of courts to Punish for contempt when publications directly tend to prevent the proper discharge of judicial functions.charles evans hughes
Sire, have pity on the Spanish infantry, which, for lack of pay and out of sheer starvation, is scouring the low country round, plundering the peasantry in mere need of food. These disorders I cannot repress, much less can I Punish them, for necessity has no law.william the silent
That city in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to Punish the wrongdoers.Solon
The well understood equity as well as interest of society demand that we work on much more to prevent crime and offenses than to Punish them.african spir
Bid that welcome Which comes to Punish us, and we Punish it Seeming to bear it lightly.william shakespeare
Sire, have pity on the Spanish infantry, which, for lack of pay and out of sheer starvation, is scouring the low country round, plundering the peasantry in mere need of food. These disorders I cannot repress, much less can I Punish them, for necessity has no law.
Our merciful Father has no pleasure in the sufferings of His children; He chastens them in love; He never inflicts a stroke He could safely spare; He inflicts it to purify as well as to Punish, to caution as well as to cure, to improve as well as to chastise.hannah more
He who does not Punish evil, commands it to be done.leonardo da vinci
It is folly to Punish your neighbour by fire when you live next door.publilius syrus
Mistrust all in whom the impulse to Punish is powerful.friedrich nietzsche
Punishment is intended for example; but a person insane can have no design; and to Punish him can be no example.
Narrated Ikrima: Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn 'Abbas, who said, "Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, 'Don't Punish (anybody) with Allah's Punishment.' No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' "
Educate the children and it won't be necessary to Punish the men.
It is not only spirits who Punish the evil, the soul brings itself to judgment: and also it is not right for those who endure for ever to attain everything in a short time: and also, there is need of human virtue. If punishment followed instantly upon sin, men would act justly from fear and have no virtue.
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