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.
Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
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 is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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
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.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry 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.
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.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
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
He threatens many that hath injured one.
We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
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.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Crime generally punishes itself.
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.
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.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
Locks keep out only the honest.
Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
Great thieves punish little ones.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
From a single crime know the nation.
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