Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
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.
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
Set a thief to catch a thief.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Locks keep out only the honest.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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.
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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
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)
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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