Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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)
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George 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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
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.
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
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.
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.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean 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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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 expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
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