Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Locks keep out only the honest.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
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.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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)
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
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 world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
From a single crime know the nation.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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.
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
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
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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