Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Great thieves punish little ones.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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 infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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 common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
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.
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.
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 when it succeeds is called virtue.
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 wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
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.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
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