Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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.
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.
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 has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Great thieves punish little ones.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Crime generally punishes itself.
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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 because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers 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.
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.
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.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
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.
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