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.
Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
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
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.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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 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.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
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 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)
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
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.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
From a single crime know the nation.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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
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 wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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
Great thieves punish little ones.
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