Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Great thieves punish little ones.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
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
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.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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