Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Crime generally punishes itself.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
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 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 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
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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)
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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.
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois 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
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
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
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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 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 has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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