Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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 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.
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 wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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)
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Great thieves punish little ones.
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 infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Locks keep out only the honest.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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 may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
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 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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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.
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.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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