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.
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
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)
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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 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.
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 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.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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.
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.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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 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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Locks keep out only the honest.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
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