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    For every crime that comes before him, a judge is required to complete a perfect syllogism in which the major premise must be the general law; the minor, the action that conforms or does not conform to the law; and the conclusion, acquittal or punishment. If the judge were constrained, or if he desired to frame even a single additional syllogism, the door would thereby be opened to uncertainty.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    Happy is the nation without a history.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    The laws that forbid the carrying of arms... serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    tags: men  encourage  law  confidence 
     
    The punishment of death is the war of a nation against a citizen whose destruction it judges to be necessary or useful.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    Laws against the possession of weapons only disarm those who have no intention of committing a crime.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    tags: crimes  law 
     
    For a punishment to be just it should consist of only such gradations of intensity as suffice to deter men from committing crimes.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    tags: crimes  men  punishment 
     
    It is better to prevent crimes than to punish them.
    — Cesare Beccaria
    tags: crimes 
     
    Crimes are more effectually prevented by the certainty than the severity of punishment
    — Cesare Beccaria
    tags: crimes  punishment 
     
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