Crime and criminals
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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
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.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
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 common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
Crime generally punishes itself.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Locks keep out only the honest.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
He threatens many that hath injured one.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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 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.
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 crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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