Capital Punishment Quotes

It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.

What? Still alive at twenty-two? A find, upstanding lad like you? Why, if your throat ’tis hard to slit, Slit your girl’s and swing for it. Like enough, you won’t be glad, When they come to hang you, lad; But bacon’s not the only thing, That’s cured by hanging from a string.

To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands.

It took only a moment to cause this head to fall and a hundred years will not suffice to produce its like. (on the execution of chemist Antoine Lavoisier during the 1789 French revolution)

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

To undertake executions for the master executioner is like hewing wood for the master carpenter. Whoever undertakes to do so rarely escapes injuring his own hands.

I had a student ask me, “Could the savior you believe in save Osama bin Laden?” Of course, we know the blood of Jesus Christ can save him, and then he must be executed.

Does loving your enemy mean not punishing him? No, for loving myself does not mean that I ought not to subject myself to punishment – even to death. If you had committed a murder, the right Christian thing to do would be to give yourself up to the police and be hanged. It is, therefore, […]

We visit prisoners on death row, and some of them are saved, but we believe their sentences should be carried out because they have a debt to society.

How often when they find a sage, As sweet as Socrates or Plato; They hand him hemlock for his wage, Or bake him like a sweet potato!