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A small demerit extinguishes a long service.
And the thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Jupiter is slow looking into his notebook, but he always looks.
The number of malefactors authorizes not the crime.
No one is entirely useless. Even the worst of us can serve as horrible examples.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
He who excuses himself accuses himself. (Qui s'excuse, s'accuse.)
The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself.
Fear succeeds crime - it is its punishment.
All punishment is mischief. All punishment in itself is evil.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
He only may chastise who loves.
If England treats her criminals the way she has treated me, she doesn't deserve to have any.
It is fairly obvious that those who are in favour of the death penalty have more affinity with assassins than those who are not.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly, I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
Much as he is opposed to lawbreaking, he is not bigoted about it.
Crime, like virtue, has its degrees.


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