Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
He threatens many that hath injured one.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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 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.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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 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.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
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
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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)
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
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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