Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Locks keep out only the honest.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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.
From a single crime know the nation.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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 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 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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
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 wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Crime generally punishes itself.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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.
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