Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
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.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Crime generally punishes itself.
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
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
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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 are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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)
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.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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 infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Great thieves punish little 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.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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.
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
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