Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
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.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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.
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.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
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 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
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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.
Locks keep out only the honest.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
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
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
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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)
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
He threatens many that hath injured one.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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.
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
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.
Great thieves punish little ones.
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 a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
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