Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Crime seems to change character when it crosses a bridge or a tunnel. In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though, it's intimate and psychological -- resistant to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one consider that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.
Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Crime generally punishes itself.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
One usually dies because one is alone, or because one has got into something over one's head. One often dies because one does not have the right alliances, because one is not given support. In Sicily the Mafia kills the servants of the State that the State has not been able to protect.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the outlaw, the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
The man who is admired for the ingenuity of his larceny is almost always rediscovering some earlier form of fraud. The basic forms are all known, have all been practiced. The manners of capitalism improve. The morals may not.
Galbraith, John Kenneth
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Great thieves punish little ones.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
There is no society known where a more or less developed criminality is not found under different forms. No people exists whose morality is not daily infringed upon. We must therefore call crime necessary and declare that it cannot be non-existent, that the fundamental conditions of social organization, as they are understood, logically imply it.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Locks keep out only the honest.
How vainly shall we endeavor to repress crime by our barbarous punishment of the poorer class of criminals so long as children are reared in the brutalizing influences of poverty, so long as the bite of want drives men to crime.
The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much about not being a thief any more. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
It is certain that stealing nourishes courage, strength, skill, tact, in a word, all the virtues useful to a republican system and consequently to our own. Lay partiality aside, and answer me: is theft, whose effect is to distribute wealth more evenly, to be branded as a wrong in our day, under our government which aims at equality? Plainly, the answer is no.
Sade, Marquis De
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.
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