Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
Wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.
We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent — people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save.
The system reflects society. It’s not always fair, but it’s as fair as the system in New York, or Massachusetts, or California. It’s as fair as biased, emotional humans can make it.
The greatest problem for the human race, to the solution of which Nature drives man, is the achievement of a universal civic society which administers law among men.
The fact that society has become strong and sure of itself diminishes the external importance of the injury and so leads to a mitigation of its punishment.