Best Quotes about Crime and criminals
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
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 threatens many that hath injured one.
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.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, let him not know't, and he's notrobbed at all
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.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Doctorow, E. L.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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)
Locks keep out only the honest.
Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of 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.
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.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
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.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Howe, Edgar Watson
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
Farber, Barry J.
Small crimes always precedes great ones.
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 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.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
From a single crime know the nation.
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
Great thieves punish little ones.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
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
He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.
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.
One crime is everything, two is nothing.
Deluzy, Madame Dorothe
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes
Will, George F.
Crime generally punishes itself.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
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