Nulla poena sine lege; No penalty without law.
Whoever attempts to suppress liberty of conscience finishes some day by wishing for the Inquisition.
It is an accepted law of ethics that punishment in the Court of Conscience, unlike that in Courts of Law, lessens with each repeated and unrebuked offense.
It is a very dangerous doctrine to consider the Supreme Court judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions. It is one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do, but what humanity, reason and justice tell me I ought to do.
He who lives a hundred years, not seeing the highest law, a life of one day is better if a man sees the highest law.
If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.
If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame.
I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in jail Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long.
Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they are meant to serve.