Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Crime generally punishes itself.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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 truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
From a single crime know the nation.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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.
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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.
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
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
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 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
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 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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
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.
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.
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
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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)
One crime has to be concealed by another.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Locks keep out only the honest.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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