The survival of religion is on the basis of torture and punishment; end of torture is end of religion.
Mankind accepts good fortune as his due, but when bad occurs, he thinks it was aimed at him, done to him, a hex, a curse, a punishment by his deity for some transgression, as though his god were a petty storekeeper, counting up the day’s receipts.
I will call no being good who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow creatures; and if such a creature can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, to hell I will go .
Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice.
You can’t teach kindness with a whip, Janus.
Prisons are needed only to provide the illusion that courts and police are effective. They’re a kind of job insurance.
You’d think (losing his job and degree for having made false claims as a researcher) would be a lesson to him,” said Miss Hillyard. “It didn’t pay, did it? Say he sacrificed his professional honour for the women and children we hear so much about — but in the end it left him worse of.”
But that,” said Peter, “was only because he committed the extra sin of being found out.
The smallest world on earth is that which is created by a closed mind.
Accepting necessary conflicts for the sake of improving the lives of children is the only fundamental moral crusade that matters.
Young people don’t always do what they’re told, but if they can pull it off and do something wonderful, sometimes they escape punishment.