Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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 are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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.
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 burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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.
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
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
One crime has to be concealed by another.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Locks keep out only the honest.
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 criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
From a single crime know the nation.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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 threatens many that hath injured one.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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