Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Locks keep out only the honest.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
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 threatens many that hath injured one.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Crime generally punishes itself.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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.
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.
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
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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)
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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