Not only must justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.
Punishment – The justice that the guilty deal out to those that are caught.
Nothing is more common than for great thieves to ride in triumph when small ones are punished.
Punishment should not be meted out in anger. It must fulfill the purpose of preventing unreasonable excesses by others.
Let the punishment be equal with the offence.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
O think not, bold man, because thy punishment is delayed, that the arm of God is weakened; neither flatter thyself with hopes that He winketh at thy doings. His eye pierceth the secrets of every heart, and He remembereth them for ever…
The ways of the gods are long, but in the end they are not without strength.
Severities should be dealt out all at once, that by their suddenness they may give less offense; benefits should be handed out drop by drop, that they may be relished the more.
We will not punish a man because he hath offended, but that he may offend no more; nor does punishment ever look to the past, but to the future; for it is not the result of passion, but that the same thing be guarded against in time to come.