Crime and criminals
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.
Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
From a single crime know the nation.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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
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
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Locks keep out only the honest.
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.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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)
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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