Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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 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.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Crime generally punishes itself.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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 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
He threatens many that hath injured one.
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
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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 that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
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.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
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.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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
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