Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
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 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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
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.
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
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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