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.
Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
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.
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.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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.
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 expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
From a single crime know the nation.
There is a new billboard outside Time Square. It keeps an up-to minute count of gun-related crimes in New York. Some goofball is going to shoot someone just to see the numbers move.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
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.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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 bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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 truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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