Quotation by Marquis de Sade

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.
Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), French author. Letter, May 21, 1781, to his wife from Vincennes prison. Selected Letters, no. 8, ed. Margaret Crosland (1965).
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