Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
Locks keep out only the honest.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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)
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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 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 is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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 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
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.
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.
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