Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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 wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Crime generally punishes itself.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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.
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
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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 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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Great thieves punish little ones.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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 truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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, 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
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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 and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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