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Quotation by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Capital punishment kills immediately, whereas lifetime imprisonment does so slowly. Which executioner is more humane? The one who kills you in a few minutes, or the one who wrests your life from you in the course of many years?
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian author, playwright. The banker in The Bet, Works, vol. 7, p. 229, "Nauka" (1976).
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