45 Pro Death Penalty Quotes by Entertainers

“I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.”

William "Bill" Maher, Jr. (born January 20, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, social critic, political commentator, author, and actor. Before his current role as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and later on ABC.

Independent thinking John Malkovich recently gave the death penalty opponent, Chicago Tribune the benefit of his thoughts about our criminal justice system.

"America’s left wing wants criminals coddled, and no one wants anyone punished," he said. "I would have no problem pushing the switch while having dinner."

He further tweaked the anti-death penalty bunch by saying, "We’re all going to die, so it should be called the early death penalty.”

“Without the death penalty, whether it is applied or not, murderers are the final arbiters of life and death, not the society, not the juries or judges. Only a murderer can decide who merits living and who merits dying. That strikes me as not an ideal society statement.” [Quoted in The BBC Interview: Malkovich: Death penalty 'a philosophical question' Friday 17 June 2011]
John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, and director. Over the last 25 years, Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award nominations. He has also appeared in critically acclaimed films such as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich, and Changeling.

Sparing the killer's life is not justice, it's legalized barbarism. Allowing him to live out his days in prison is our convoluted legal system allowing Lady Justice to be mugged again and again. [NUGENT: McNugent rule: Automatic death penalty - Justice requires satisfaction for murders Posted: Monday 3 September 2012]

Locking up the terminal whack-job shooters in prison for the remainder of their lives will cost taxpayers many millions of wasted dollars when all that is required is a 25-cent bullet to the back of their deranged heads.

But the do-gooders among us say we shouldn't do that, that the state shouldn't sanction "murder," especially of those who are deemed to be mentally incompetent. Do-gooders are more dangerous than a sow grizzly with cubs or a coiled rattlesnake, as do-gooders champion and sanction legalized barbarism. [NUGENT: McNugent rule: Automatic death penalty - Justice requires satisfaction for murders Posted: Monday 3 September 2012

Those of us addicted to common sense know that the upside-down, backward and terminally stupid policies of do-gooders compound problems instead of fixing them. [NUGENT: McNugent rule: Automatic death penalty - Justice requires satisfaction for murders Posted: Monday 3 September 2012

The McNaughton rule, which basically states that terminal whack jobs can't be held responsible for their crimes, is the ultimate definition of nuts. It should be replaced with the McNugent rule, which states that regardless of your mental state, if you slaughter innocent people, expect a bullet to the back of the head, most preferably at the scene of the crime. [NUGENT: McNugent rule: Automatic death penalty - Justice requires satisfaction for murders Posted: Monday 3 September 2012]

So long as the American justice system is held hostage by mindless do-gooders who wish to enforce their toxic, brain-dead legalized barbarism on the rest of us, our only recourse is to be vigilant and ready to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these psychotic monsters. Shoot them.


Punks deserve to pay for their crimes with their lives instead of living out their lives and attending group therapy sessions on the taxpayers' dime and further burdening the society they already have hurt deeply. [NUGENT: McNugent rule: Automatic death penalty - Justice requires satisfaction for murders Posted: Monday 3 September 2012]

While jettisoning the Tucson killer or the Joker off the planet will not deter other psychos from attempting mass murder, what it will do is to ensure justice is carried out instead of being denied by idiots and a legal system that has gone over-the-rainbow nuts. [NUGENT: McNugent rule: Automatic death penalty - Justice requires satisfaction for murders Posted: Monday 3 September 2012]

Ted Nugent A.K.A Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent (born December 13, 1948) is an American rock musician from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. His hits, mostly coming in the 1970s, such as "Stranglehold", "Cat Scratch Fever", "Wango Tango", and "Great White Buffalo", as well as his '60s Amboy Dukes hit "Journey to the Center of the Mind", remain popular today, and are played semi-often on classic rock and less frequently active rock radio stations. He is also noted for his staunch conservative political views and his strong defense and support of hunting and gun ownership rights.

Wednesday 12 September 2012 - When he spoke about killing, he still looked very much like a man capable of the act — like the Clint Eastwood we have always known — and when he spoke about the death penalty, he wasn't only clearly in favor of it: he was clearly in favor of every man being in favor of it, in the event of a heinous crime. "There's not a guy in the world that wouldn't want to drop the hammer on them. But in our society you have certain people trying to analyze what we give them for lethal injection. What's the difference? Battery acid would be fine."

Friday 6 June 2008 - There are actually echoes of Dirty Harry in Changeling, Eastwood says, and he's not making any concessions to liberals: "I get a kick out of it because the judge convicts the killer to two years in solitary confinement, and then to be hanged. In 1928 they said: 'You can spend two years thinking about it and then we're going to kill you.' Nowadays they're sitting there worrying about how putting a needle in is a cruel and unusual punishment, the same needle you would have if you had a blood test."

Monday 20 October 2008 - And now, the former Mayor of California coastal town Carmel is pushing for all serious offenders in child abduction and murder cases to be put to death.

He tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "Crimes against children are the most hideous of all. I think they would be on the top of my list of justification for capital punishment.

"It's hard to think about. When you're doing the movie, you're just using your imagination to figure out what the trauma was like."

Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.

Clint Eastwood (born May 31, 1930) is an American film actor, director, producer, composer, and politician.

A quote from movie Dead Man Walking,


"It is the only way (death penalty) we can be sure that they will not kill again. Life without parole. Oh, sure! How many prison guards and prisoners do they have to kill before it's over?"

Ronald Lee Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is a retired U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor and an actor. Ermey has often played the roles of authority figures, such as his breakout performance as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, Mayor Tilman in the Alan Parker film Mississippi Burning, Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine, Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and plastic army men leader Sarge in the Toy Story saga. He has hosted two militainment programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers' questions about various militaria both modern and historic; and Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, which focuses specifically on the development of different types of weapons.

29 March 2007 = Noel - who famously had drinks with current PM Tony Blair after the Labor party won power in 1997 - said: "I'm considering standing for election myself, if I'm honest. I've worked this out and I could sort the country out in a year-and-a-half. I'd definitely bring back hanging for starters. All these violent offenders - you get convicted three times by three separate juries then you're going to the gallows.

"If by any off-chance some evidence comes up that you might have been innocent, and it could be proved beyond all reasonable doubt your next of kin gets $667,000. Vote for me!"


Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born 29 May 1967) is an English musician, best known as the former lead guitarist, backing vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band Oasis.

“Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.”

Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, and playwright. Allen’s distinctive films, which run the gamut from dramas to screwball sex comedies, have made him a notable American director. He is also distinguished by his rapid rate of production and his very large body of work. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them. For inspiration, Allen draws heavily on literature, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, Jewish identity, and the history of cinema, among a wealth of other fields of interest. Allen developed a passion for music early on and is a celebrated jazz clarinetist. What began as a teenage avocation has led to regular public performances at various small venues in his hometown of Manhattan, with occasional appearances at various jazz festivals. Allen joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral Ragtime Orchestra in performances that provided the film score for his 1973 comedy Sleeper, and performed in a rare European tour in 1996, which became the subject of the documentary Wild Man Blues.

Saturday 21 August 2010 - “My beliefs probably aren’t in step with other people’s,” she said. “I believe in capital punishment . . . If you can’t pay back your debt to society and you are dangerous, then society has a duty to look after itself. It’s a no-brainer if you ask me.”

Chrissie Hynde A.K.A Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Hynde (born 7 September 1951) is an American musician best known as the leader of the rock/new wave band the Pretenders. She is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history.

Kasab hanging - congratulations govt of India - for doing it so effectively. For once the govt broke the news n not the news channels. (via Twitter) [On Wednesday 21 November 2012, India hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the militant squad that killed 166 people in the 2008 attacks on the financial capital Mumbai.]

Riteish Deshmukh (born 17 December 1978,  in Mumbai, Maharashtra) is an architect and Indian actor who acts in Bollywood films. He is the son of the late politician Vilasrao Deshmukh.

I am so happy, I am jumping up and down! That fear has never gone for four years. Finally there is some closure - and there is some hope for the future and in our government. [On Wednesday 21 November 2012, India hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the militant squad that killed 166 people in the 2008 attacks on the financial capital Mumbai.]

"It had taken way too long, and we'd almost given up hope, so the news was a jubilant moment," says Amrita Raichand, a TV actor who was at the Taj Hotel celebrating her birthday on 26 November when the attacks began.

She has been "jumping up and down in excitement, and emotion" at the news, but argues that the Indian government needs a fast-track system to deal with these kinds of cases.

"Taking revenge for all the pain was really important in this case. Terrorism cannot be treated on the same platform as regular criminals, we cannot have long processes to convict them."

Ms Raichand says the uncertainty over whether Qasab would be hanged also took a toll on the collective consciousness of the people of Mumbai: "The city came together on that day and almost everyone knew someone who died or was injured in the attacks, for the first time we were all directly connected. This is a very important day for Mumbai."

Amrita Raichand is a TV actress from India.

Tuesday 1 January 2013 - Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan today welcomed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's decision to request the Centre to make necessary changes in the law to provide death penalty to those involved in sexual harassment.

"I support Jayalalithaa and admire her decision to recommend death penalty for rapists, especially when the whole nation is appealing to the Centre for harsh punishment to the Delhi gangrape culprits," he told PTI.

Amjad Ali Khan (Hindi:  अमजद अली ख़ान; IAST: Amjad Alī Khān) (born 9 October 1945) (Urdu: امجد علی خان‎) is an Indian classical musician who plays the sarod. Khan was born into a musical family and has performed internationally since the 1960s. He was awarded India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2001.

“…natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment." [Quoted in The Punisher (2004 Film)]

The Punisher is a fictional character an antihero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr., and Ross Andru, with publisher Stan Lee supplying the name. The Punisher made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (cover-dated Feb. 1974). The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City's Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry. His family's killers were the first to be slain. A war veteran, Frank Castle is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare, and a wide variety of weapons. The Punisher's brutal nature and willingness to kill made him a novel character in mainstream American comic books in 1974. By the late 1980s, he was part of a wave of psychologically troubled antiheroes and was featured in several monthly publications, including The Punisher War Journal, The Punisher War Zone, and The Punisher Armory. Despite his violent actions and dark nature, the Punisher has enjoyed some mainstream success (although toned down) on television, making guest appearances on Spider-Man: The Animated Series and even The Super Squad Show. In feature films, Dolph Lundgren portrayed the Punisher in 1989, as did Thomas Jane in 2004, and Ray Stevenson in 2008.


“Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.”

Count Vittorio Alfieri (16 January 1749 – 8 October 1803) was an Italian dramatist, considered the "founder of Italian tragedy."

When crimes against humanity are punished consistently and severely, the killers' calculus will change. [Justice for Darfur By Angelina Jolie Wednesday, February 28, 2007]

What the worst people in the world fear most is justice. That's what we should deliver. [Justice for Darfur By Angelina Jolie Wednesday, February 28, 2007]


Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actor and director. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood's highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011. Jolie is noted for promoting humanitarian causes as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has been cited as the world's "most beautiful" woman, a title for which she has received substantial media attention.

“The punishment must fit the crime.”

The Mikado or, The Town of Titipu is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on March 14, 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera. The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, and it is especially popular with amateur and school productions. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history. Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirise British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions.

Asked whether his opposition to abortion and support for capital punishment makes him feel isolated in Hollywood: "Some kind of a dinosaur? No, you know you have to have these opinions about these things. I`m pretty firm on stuff like that. I don`t feel like I`m howling in a hurricane. I just try to do my bit the way I think it should be done."

Mel Gibson A.K.A Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson (born 3 January 1956) is an American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. He was born in Peekskill, New York, moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia, when he was 12 years old, and later studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. After appearing in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, Gibson went on to direct and star in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart. In 2004, he directed and produced The Passion of the Christ, a film portraying the last hours in the life of Jesus.

"I am for the death penalty. Who commits terrible acts must get a fitting punishment. That way he learns the lesson for the next time."


Britney Spears (born December 2, 1981 in McComb, Mississippi) is an American recording artist and entertainer.

I wanted to show that crime doesn't pay. If you are saved and accept the Lord, you cannot use that as an excuse to avoid punishment.

Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an American actor and director. He has won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards over the course of his career. He began appearing in theatre during the late 1950s, moving into small, supporting television and film roles during the early 1960s in such works as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). He started to land much larger roles during the early 1970s with movies like MASH (1970) and THX 1138 (1971). This was followed by a series of critical successes: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), Network (1976), The Great Santini (1979), Apocalypse Now (1979), and True Confessions (1981). Since then Duvall has continued to act in both film and television with such productions as Tender Mercies (1983), The Natural (1984), Colors (1988), Lonesome Dove (1989), Stalin (1992), The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996), A Family Thing (1996), The Apostle (1997), A Civil Action (1998), Gods and Generals (2003) and Broken Trail (2006).

Tuesday 17 July 2012 - AFL footballer Campbell Brown has called for the death penalty to be re-introduced to Australia, after a teen died from being king-hit this month.

The Hawthorn premiership player, now with the Gold Coast Suns, told his 12,575 Twitter followers: "Would love to see the death penalty brought back. And the first person put on death row the bloke that king hit Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross."

Mr Kelly, 18, suffered severe brain damage after he was struck and his head hit the pavement on July 7 while talking on his mobile phone.

Campbell Brown (born 28 August 1983) is an Australian rules footballer who has previously won a premiership with the Hawthorn Football Club and currently plays for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Head to head: Death penalty Tuesday, 22 November 2005, 02:24 GMT


The shooting in Bradford of trainee policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky has prompted renewed calls for the return of the death penalty for those who kill police officers.

But should we bring back hanging? Leading figures from both side of the debate discuss the issue:


How can the death of a police officer suddenly be the reason to have the death penalty when killing two little children in Soham wasn't?

First let's be clear I have tremendous sympathy for the victims and the fact one's opposed to the death penalty does not mean one is in favour of innocent people being killed.

There are two things about the death penalty. The first is that I've witnessed six people being executed in the electric chair and by lethal injection and in one of those six they managed to execute an innocent person.

They executed Edward E Johnson, in Mississippi in 1987. He was innocent and I was representing him and I failed him.

So until you convince me that human beings are infallible, you're not going to get me to agree to the death penalty.

The other thing about the death penalty is that it achieves absolutely nothing.

Whenever you witness it it's always at night because we are really uncomfortable about the whole process.

When you come out of the execution chamber and look up at the stars and ask yourself, 'Is the world suddenly a better place because that person has been executed?' the answer is 'No'.

It does nothing for the victims either. We drag them through appeals and appeals and stays and it just ruins their lives.

The death penalty achieves nothing except to degrade us all.

There are many arguments but to take the bottom line, which is really important for me, we should ask whether we should be in the business of revenge.

And when you put it bluntly, should we encourage our citizens to be vengeful or compassionate? We all know the answer but it's somehow still possible for people to argue for the death penalty.

I always think of Lorilei Guillory, the mother of a six-year-old child who was killed by one of my clients, Ricky Langley, who was given lots of false promises by the prosecution that she would feel better if he was executed.

But she finally realised it was awful and ended up testifying for us that she didn't want him to die. She is someone I admire and respect immensely.

In the US it costs two-and-a-half times as much to execute someone as it does to keep them in prison for ever.

Some people argue they should speed the process up to make it cheaper but they make so many mistakes that if this happened they would simply end up executing more innocent people.


I extend it to more than people who kill police officers. The laws in this country are stacked against the good people and in favour of the bad people.

I mean, what is the point of keeping people alive at great expense in prison when they're murderers and villains and of incredible evil.”

There's no question if the nation voted on this there would be an overwhelming vote for the death penalty and the nation is right.

We're far too nice to those who are attacking us and murdering us and raping us, far too kind. They get a minimal sentence and they're out in half an hour anyway and there's no deterrent, so I'm definitely for the death penalty and for the police having guns so they can protect themselves.

If those two girls had gone in with guns, and they'd been trained of course to use the guns, we don't know what would have happened. It may be the villain got shot and killed, in which case I would say 'hooray'.

In every battle against evil, sadly, very sadly, some innocent people do die. Otherwise we wouldn't have fought WWII and we'd all be under German occupation.

Of course people have made mistakes but they're very rare and we face increasing danger from vicious gangs from eastern Europe, from China, from Africa and our own home-grown gangs as well.

Guns can be bought very easily and the police should have guns and there should be a death penalty for a number of offences.”

I'm not convinced the world is not a better place for the victims [when the culprit is executed] - well of course if the victim's dead, that's all over but a victim's family would be, I would think on the whole, delighted that the person who had killed their young son or daughter received the same penalty.”

Michael Robert Winner (born 30 October 1935) is an English film director and producer, active in both Europe and the United States, also known as a food critic for the Sunday Times.

Those remarks have triggered much discussion and criticism. One of her critics is Pai Ping-ping, a famed entertainer. Pai, who has been opposed to the abolition of the death penalty since her only child was kidnapped and murdered 11 years ago, urged the justice minister-designate to be prudent in what she says.

“The government is the last line of defense in the protection of the people’s interests”, Pai said, “If the death penalty is abolished thoughtlessly, society will pass its judgment on it.” the popular singer added.

"If the law can't serve as a last line of defence for the protection of good and honest citizens, we might as well just get rid of it all," she said in a statement faxed to AFP.




"Ms Wang has deeply hurt Taiwanese people's feelings. She is rubbing salt into our wounds by promoting her own beliefs," the Associated Press quoted the actress as saying.

Bai argued that if Ma's government remained silent or condoned the pardoning of all death row inmates, it must come face to face with public sanction through the casting of ballots.

“Politicians have power; crime syndicates have guns,” said Bai. “The only weapon the law-abiding public can wield is their vote.”

Entertainer Pai Bin-bin, whose daughter was brutally killed in 1997 by gangsters, said "it is a good thing to execute them, because it helps to solve a lot of problems."

"Isn't it good for the government to save the money used to incarcerate them to take care of the real underprivileged? "

Pai Ping-ping (Traditional Chinese:白冰冰, Hanyu Pinyin: Bái Bīngbīng, b. May 17, 1955 in Keelung, Taiwan) is a Taiwanese singer, actress, media personality and social activist. In 1997 Pai Hsiao-yen, then 17 years old, was kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered. This event subsequently made her into a social activist to advocate the use of death penalty; Pai founded the Swallow Foundation and chaired it to date to advocate capital punishment as well as provide legal support to local crime victims. Lloyd-Parry described the attention around the murder of Pai's daughter as giving Pai "a greater, though more terrible, fame than she had as an entertainer." In 2010, in the wake of the global anti-capital punishment movement, Pai successfully held a protest against former ROC Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng, resulting in Wang's resignation and the resumption of executions in Taiwan.

On the very surface of the issue, it would seem pretty obvious that an executed murderer can't murder anybody else -- but we’ve been told that we were wrong even about that. You've undoubtedly heard the old saw about executions actually motivating murderers to kill, presumably because what murderers really want is attention. The argument is a stretch, demanding that we believe that killers aren’t deterred by the consequences of being caught and executed. Without evidence, though, it's hard to rebut. - Common Sense on Capital Punishment by Fred Thompson 27 June 2007

The reliable two-thirds of Americans who have always supported the death penalty probably wouldn't be surprised to find out that study after study has shown that the death penalty deters murders. Some studies show really dramatic effects, with each execution of a murderer deterring as many as 18 or more murders. That’s according to Emory University professors, who found as well that delaying execution also leads to further murders. Most studies have concluded that some number of murders between three and 18 are prevented for every application of capital punishment. - Common Sense on Capital Punishment by Fred Thompson 27 June 2007

Certainly, the use of DNA evidence to clear long-held prisoners from murder charges proves that we need to be more careful about handing out death sentences; and science must be used even more and earlier in the criminal process to protect the innocent and convict the guilty. However, these studies are important in properly analyzing the effect of the death penalty. - Common Sense on Capital Punishment by Fred Thompson 27 June 2007

Fred Dalton Thompson (born Freddie Dalton Thompson; August 19, 1942), is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. He served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1994 through 2003. Thompson served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence. As an actor, Thompson has appeared in a large number of movies and television shows. He has frequently portrayed governmental figures. In the final months of his U.S. Senate term in 2002, Thompson joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch. In May 2007 he took a break from acting in order to run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. In 2009 he returned to acting with a guest appearance on television series; and is co-starring with Brian Dennehy in the movie Alleged, about the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Justice advances with such languid steps that crime often escapes from its slowness. Its tardy and doubtful course causes many tears to be shed.

Pierre Corneille (French pronunciation: [pjɛːʁ kɔʁ.nɛj]) (6 June 1606 – 1 October 1684) was a French tragedian who was one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Racine. He has been called “the founder of French tragedy” and produced plays for nearly forty years.