Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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)
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.
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.
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Locks keep out only the honest.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Crime generally punishes itself.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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
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
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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 cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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.
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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