Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
From a single crime know the nation.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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 world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Crime generally punishes itself.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois 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.
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.
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
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
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)
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
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.
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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
Locks keep out only the honest.
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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