Mild Punishments

If life, freedom, or hope be taken from man, he is ashes. Therefore we ought not to take away any of them lightly. But some, restraint or punishment is necessary. We often miss our aim, however,’by prescribing punishments that are too severe, whereupon human nature revolts, so that it is “impossible to combine certainty with severity,” a lesson we have long since learned from the experience of England.