Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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 a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Crime generally punishes itself.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
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 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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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
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
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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.
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.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
From a single crime know the nation.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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.
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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
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)
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