Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Crime generally punishes itself.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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
Set a thief to catch a thief.
The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost -- the most legitimate -- passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.
Sade, Marquis De
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.
Kennedy, John F.
From a single crime know the nation.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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.
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.
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
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
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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