Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Great thieves punish little ones.
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
Locks keep out only the honest.
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 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.
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
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.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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)
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 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
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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
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.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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