Death Penalty Quotes

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J.R.R. Tolkien
“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.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Lenny Bruce
“If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.”
Lenny Bruce

Bryan Stevenson
“The death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Neil Gaiman
“I believe [...] that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Victor Hugo
“But secondly you say 'society must exact vengeance, and society must punish'. Wrong on both counts. Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.”
Victor Hugo, The Last Day of a Condemned Man

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“In any case, frequent punishments are a sign of weakness or slackness in the government. There is no man so bad that he cannot be made good for something. No man should be put to death, even as an example, if he can be left to live without danger to society.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

John Grisham
“He's a two-faced, cutthroat, dirt-dumb, chicken shit, slimy, little bastard with a bright future in politics.”
John Grisham, The Confession

John Grisham
“Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it's a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive.”
John Grisham, The Confession

Zakir Naik
“People who change their religion should face the death penalty.”
Zakir Naik

Jean-Paul Sartre
“In the state I was in, if someone had come and told me I could go home quietly, that they would leave me my life whole, it would have left me cold: several hours or several years of waiting is all the same when you have lost the illusion of being eternal.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Wall

Frederick Forsyth
“It is cold at six-forty in the morning on a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.”
Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal

Helen Prejean
“[T]here are some human rights that are so deep that we can't negotiate them away. I mean people do heinous, terrible things. But there are basic human rights I believe that every human being has. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United Nations says it for me. And it says there are two basic rights that can't be negotiated that government doesn't give for good behavior and doesn't take away for bad behavior. And it's the right not to be tortured and not to be killed. Because the flip side of this is that then when you say OK we're gonna turn over -- they truly have done heinous things, so now we will turn over to the government now the right to take their life. It involves other people in doing essentially the same kind of act."

(PBS Frontline: Angel on Death Row)”
Sister Helen Prejean

Mark L. Shurtleff
“A solemn day. Barring a stay by Sup Ct, & with my final nod, Utah will use most extreme power & execute a killer. Mourn his victims. Justice.

[...] I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims.

[...] We will be streaming live my press conference as soon as I'm told Gardner is dead. Watch it at www.attorneygeneral.Utah.gov/live.html.”
Mark L. Shurtleff

“Death Penalty' in rarest of rare cases, should adorn criminal justice system in India,which would operate as a detterent mechanism. Abrogation of capital punishment and it's obliteration from the law, would be a great folly. In the human rights perspective, concretising the human rights of the criminal(perpetrator of a particular offense attracting Capital punishment ) by negating Human Rights of the victim is again a murder of justice.”
Henrietta Newton Martin

John Grisham
“I can’t believe you would represent a killer like that Jake. I thought you were one of us.
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‘Gotta have a lawyer, Helen. You can’t put the boy in the gas chamber if he doesn’t have a lawyer. Surely, you understand.’
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‘...I can’t imagine doing that for a living, representing killers and child rapists and such.’
‘How often do you read the Constitution?’
‘...the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, says that a person accused of a serious crime must have a lawyer. And that’s the law of the land.”
John Grisham, A Time for Mercy

Anthony Ray Hinton
“Oh, the sanitized way of saying it is "sentenced to death." But let's call it what it is. They wanted to murder me because I had murdered.”
Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Pete Buttigieg
“Of course, we can find cases of heinous situations, people perhaps who deserve to die. I've just never met anybody who deserves to kill.”
Pete Buttigieg

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Like water, life is precious, but most people, through their lack of empathy, prefer to waste it.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Jean Baudrillard
“Against the advice of doctors, the governor refuses to allow an incurably ill man to be put out of his misery. This is the other face of capital punishment. One day we shall have to fight for the abolition of the life penalty, as we did in the past for the abolition of the death penalty.

Shadows have always preceded us, and they will outlive us. We were dead before we were alive, and we shall be again.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories V: 2000 - 2004

Sarah Crossan
“I slide out of the booth, the diner,
into the heat of the afternoon
hating with every inch of my bones
the so-called free country I live in,
the home of the brave.”
Sarah Crossan, Moonrise

Sarah Crossan
“But it happens, doesn't it?
Death.
Either suddenly or steadily.

But you never put it in your calendar,
X marks the spot –
let's get the headstone in a Black Friday sale
and have the name chiselled into it.

You can never usually plan on death like that.”
Sarah Crossan, Moonrise

Stephen King
“He'd been in the yard long enough to understand when he could afford to face into the breeze and when he'd do better to bend in the hurricane.”
Stephen King, The Green Mile

Leonid Andreyev
“But the rope is still more horrible when it forms the noose around the necks of weak and ignorant people.”
Leonid Andreyev, Lazarus

Leonid Andreyev
“Death stationed itself in the corner and would not go away. It would not go away because it was my thought. It is not death that is terrible, but the knowledge of it: it would be utterly impossible to live if a man could know exactly and definitely the day and hour of his death.”
Leonid Andreyev, Seven Who Were Hanged

Leonid Andreyev
“What do those people think? That there is nothing more terrible than death. They themselves have invented Death, they are themselves afraid of it, and they try to frighten us with it.”
Leonid Andreyev, Seven Who Were Hanged

Leonid Andreyev
“It was strange to think that so much humane painstaking care and exertion was being introduced into the business of hanging people; that the most insane deed on earth was being committed with such an air of simplicity and reasonableness.”
Leonid Andreyev, Seven Who Were Hanged

Leonid Andreyev
“Why did he not cry? He must have forgotten even that he had a voice.”
Leonid Andreyev, Seven Who Were Hanged

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