Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
Porter, O. Henry
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.
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.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
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
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
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.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Boorstin, Daniel J.
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.
The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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 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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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)
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
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 common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Mencken, H. L.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Crime generally punishes itself.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
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.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
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.
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
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.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
From a single crime know the nation.
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.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
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
Successful crimes alone are justified.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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