Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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, like virtues, are their own rewards.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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 generally punishes itself.
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.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
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.
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
He threatens many that hath injured one.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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
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