Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Crime generally punishes itself.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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 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
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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 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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Great thieves punish little ones.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
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
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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)
Locks keep out only the honest.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
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.
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