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Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
- Adler, Freda
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Best Quotes about Crime and criminals

1.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Scott, Howard

2.
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.
Ehrenreich, Barbara

3.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.

4.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.

5.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Jonson, Ben

6.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Racine, Jean

7.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Horace

8.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

9.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Aristotle

10.
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.
Arendt, Hannah

11.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Rabelais, Francois

12.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson

13.
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.
Allen, Woody

14.
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

15.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Democritus

16.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Genet, Jean

17.
Crime generally punishes itself.
Goldsmith, Oliver

18.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Shakespeare, William

19.
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.
Falcone, Giovanni

20.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Plato

21.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Adler, Freda

22.
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.
Bataille, Georges

23.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Connolly, Cyril

24.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Seneca

25.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Proverb, French

26.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Winner, Michael

27.
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.
Foucault, Michel

28.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
Proverb

29.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Proverb

30.
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.
Blake, William

31.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Farquhar, George

32.
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

33.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Seneca

34.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Huston, John

35.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Proverb, French

36.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Capone, Al

37.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Proverb

38.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.

39.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard

40.
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.
Durkheim, Emile

41.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Ellis, Havelock

42.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Dryden, John

43.
Locks keep out only the honest.
Proverb, Jewish

44.
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.
George, Henry

45.
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.
Butler, Samuel

46.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
Seneca

47.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

48.
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

49.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Bonaparte, Napoleon

50.
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.
Genet, Jean


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