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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.
- Blake, William
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Best Quotes about Crime and criminals

1.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.

2.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson

3.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Farquhar, George

4.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.

5.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
Plato

6.
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.
Williams, Roger

7.
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.
Foucault, Michel

8.
Crime generally punishes itself.
Goldsmith, Oliver

9.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Connolly, Cyril

10.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

11.
Locks keep out only the honest.
Proverb, Jewish

12.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

13.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.

14.
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

15.
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

16.
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.
Arendt, Hannah

17.
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

18.
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.
Blake, William

19.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Waugh, Evelyn

20.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Bierce, Ambrose

21.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Kraus, Karl

22.
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.
Durkheim, Emile

23.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Racine, Jean

24.
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.
Bataille, Georges

25.
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.
Falcone, Giovanni

26.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.

27.
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.
Twain, Mark

28.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
Huston, John

29.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Dryden, John

30.
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.

31.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Peterson, Jill

32.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Bonaparte, Napoleon

33.
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.
Camus, Albert

34.
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

35.
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.
Allen, Woody

36.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Democritus

37.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Ellis, Havelock

38.
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.
Ehrenreich, Barbara

39.
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.
Butler, Samuel

40.
Great thieves punish little ones.
Proverb

41.
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)

42.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Seneca

43.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Horace

44.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De

45.
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.

46.
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.
Letterman, David

47.
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.
Canetti, Elias

48.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Wells, H.G.

49.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Scott, Howard

50.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Adler, Freda


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