Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
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
Crime generally punishes itself.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
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)
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
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.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
He threatens many that hath injured one.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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