Crime and criminals
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
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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.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
From a single crime know the nation.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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
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.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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.
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.
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.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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)
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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 expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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
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.
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
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 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
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
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