Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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 expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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 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
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Many commit the same crime with a different destiny; one bears a cross as the price of his villainy, another wears a crown.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.
From a single crime know the nation.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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 common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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
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.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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