Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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 threatens many that hath injured one.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry 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.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
From a single crime know the nation.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Locks keep out only the honest.
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