Everyone suffers. But many do not take it to heart that the suffering comes as a punishment for transgressions, rather they consider it accidental. The proper attitude is that suffering is an atonement. With this realization a person appreciates that suffering in this world saves him suffering in the next.
The effects of our actions may be postponed but they are never lost. There is an inevitable reward for good deeds and an inescapable punishment for bad. Meditate upon this truth, and seek always to earn good wages from Destiny.
Guilt always looks for punishment, and punishment creates pain.
To forgive sin is not an act of injustice, though the punishment have been threatened. Even amongst men, though the promise of good bind the promiser; yet threats, that is to say, promises of evil, bind them not; much less shall they bind God, who is infinitely more merciful than men.
No man ever knows the few joys of living without some sort of success to his credit. Of all the games worth a candle, success is first. The greatest punishment is to be despised by your neighbors, the world and members of your family.
If misery be the effect of virtue, it; ought to be reverenced; if of ill-fortune, to be pitied; and of vice, not to be insulted, because it is perhaps itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced.
The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.
Vanity indeed is a venial error; for it usually carries its own punishment with it.
The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
The twin concepts of sin and vindictive punishment seem to be at the root of much that is most vigorous, both in religion and politics.
Crime can never go unpunished, since the punishment of crime lies in the crime itself.
The greatest punishment for having done an injury is the fact of having done it.
He who is in evil, is also in the punishment of evil.
A liar's punishment is that he is not believed even when he tells the truth.
This is the punishment of a liar: He is not believed, even when he speaks the truth.
How many years of fatigue and punishment it takes to learn the simple truth that work, that disagreeable thing, is the only way of not suffering in life, or at all events, of suffering less.
To say that every crime brings its own punishment is by way of being a platitude, and yet in my opinion nothing can be truer.
The object of punishment is threefold: for just retribution; for the protection of society; for the reformation of the offender.
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.