Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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.
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
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.
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
From a single crime know the nation.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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.
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.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
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 crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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 generally punishes itself.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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 threatens many that hath injured one.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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