Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Locks keep out only the honest.
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.
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
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.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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
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 world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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)
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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