When you kill someone, you rob their family. Not just of a loved one but of their humanity. You harden their hearts with hate. You take away their capacity for civilized dispassion. You condemn them to bloodlust! It's a cruel and horrible thing! But indulging that hate will never help! The damage is done! And once we've had our pound of flesh, we're still hungry! We leave the death house muttering that lethal injection was just too good for them. In the end, a civilized society must live with a hard truth. He who seeks revenge digs two graves!- Constance Harraway, The Life of David Gale
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. -Gandalf, in theThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954).
I have reached the conviction that the abolition of the death penalty is desirable. Reasons: 1) Irreparability in the event of an error of justice, 2) Detrimental moral influence of the execution procedure on those who, whether directly or indirectly, have to do with the procedure.- Albert Einstein p.83, Albert Einstein-The human side, Princeton University Press 1979
Que dit la loi? 'Tu ne tueras pas.' Comment le dit-elle? En tuant! (What does the law say? "Thou shalt not kill." How does it say it? By killing!" )- Victor Hugo
"To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice."
"Government ... can’t be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of its citizens to kill."
- Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
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