Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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 that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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.
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
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Crime generally punishes itself.
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 is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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
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
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.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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