Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Crime generally punishes itself.
Great thieves punish little ones.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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.
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
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
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.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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 has committed the crime who profits by it.
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
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.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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 faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
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
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
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