Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
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.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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 no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
Great thieves punish little ones.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
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 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
Crime generally punishes itself.
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.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Locks keep out only the honest.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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.
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