Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Set a thief to catch a thief.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
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.
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.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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
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.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
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 common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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 truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
He threatens many that hath injured one.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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 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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
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 no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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)
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.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Locks keep out only the honest.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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