Crime and criminals
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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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)
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
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
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.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Great thieves punish little ones.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Crime generally punishes itself.
There is no society known where a more or less developed criminality is not found under different forms. No people exists whose morality is not daily infringed upon. We must therefore call crime necessary and declare that it cannot be non-existent, that the fundamental conditions of social organization, as they are understood, logically imply it.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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 infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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.
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