Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
Great thieves punish little ones.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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)
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 is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.
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
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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.
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
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
From a single crime know the nation.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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 faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Locks keep out only the honest.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
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