Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Crime generally punishes itself.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
One crime has to be concealed by another.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Great thieves punish little ones.
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
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.
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 common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
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.
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.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
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 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.
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.
From a single crime know the nation.
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