Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
From a single crime know the nation.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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.
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Locks keep out only the honest.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One crime has to be concealed by another.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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 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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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 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.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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