Death Penalty Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Camus” float=”none” width=”100%”]Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Camus” float=”none” width=”100%”]For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Einstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Bobby Scott” float=”none” width=”100%”]The death penalty is discriminatory and does not do anything about crime.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Bryan Stevenson” float=”none” width=”100%”]The reality is that capital punishment in America is a lottery. It is a punishment that is shaped by the constraints of poverty, race, geography and local politics.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Darryl Stallworth” float=”none” width=”100%”]I now understand that the death penalty is an ineffective, cruel and simplistic response to the complex problem of violent crime. Our limited resources could be better spent on programs that focus on stopping violence before it starts, such as preventing child abuse and drug addiction-programs that will prevent another child from becoming the next [murderer].[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Desmond Tutu” float=”none” width=”100%”]To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Former President Jimmy Carter” float=”none” width=”100%”]There has never been any evidence that the death penalty reduces capital crimes or that crimes increased when executions stopped. Tragic mistakes are prevalent…It is clear that there are overwhelming ethical, financial, and religious reasons to abolish the death penalty.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”George W. Bush” float=”none” width=”100%”]I don’t think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don’t think that’s right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people’s lives.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”George Walker Bush” float=”none” width=”100%”]I support the death penalty because I believe, if administered swiftly and justly, capital punishment is a deterrent against future violence and will save other innocent lives.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Helen Prejean” float=”none” width=”100%”]If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry Ford” float=”none” width=”100%”]Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison II” float=”none” width=”100%”]Despite the courts efforts to fashion a death penalty scheme that is just, fair and reliable, the system is not working. Innocent people are being sentenced to death……It is no answer to say that we are doing the best that we can. If this is the best our state can do, we have no business sending people to their deaths.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”J.R.R. Tolkien” float=”none” width=”100%”]Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”J.R.R. Tolkien” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jerry Weller” float=”none” width=”100%”]More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe” float=”none” width=”100%”]If we could do away with death, we wouldn’t object; to do away with capital punishment will be more difficult. Were that to happen, we would reinstate it from time to time.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Grisham” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Morrison” float=”none” width=”100%”]It should be clear that the death penalty does just the opposite of promoting decency and respect for life. It dehumanizes people and promotes murder. It can never be applied fairly.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Katharine Fullerton Gerould” float=”none” width=”100%”]Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Kofi Annan” float=”none” width=”100%”]Can the state, which represents the whole of society and has the duty of protecting society, fulfill that duty by lowering itself to the level of the murderer, and treating him as he treated others? The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lewis Lawes” float=”none” width=”100%”]As if one crime of such nature, done by a single man, acting individually, can be expiated by a similar crime done by all men, acting collectively.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mohandas Gandhi” float=”none” width=”100%”]An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mokokoma Mokhonoana” float=”none” width=”100%”]Death penalty is the number one killer of killers.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Nancy Davis Reagan” float=”none” width=”100%”]I think people would be alive today if there were a death penalty.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Orrin Hatch” float=”none” width=”100%”]Capital punishment is our society’s recognition of the sanctity of human life.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Patricia Cornwell” float=”none” width=”100%”]First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sister Helen Prejean” float=”none” width=”100%”]The death penalty is a poor person’s issue. Always remember that: after all the rhetoric that goes on in the legislative assemblies, in the end, when the deck is cast out, it is the poor who are selected to die in this country.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold” float=”none” width=”100%”]It’s just really tragic after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years we can’t leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Woody Allen” float=”none” width=”100%”]Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.[/wpsm_quote]