Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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 of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
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.
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.
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)
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. 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.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
He threatens many that hath injured one.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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 crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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