Crime and criminals
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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 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 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
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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 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 crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Great thieves punish little ones.
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
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.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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