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Crime quotes and quotations

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
Honore de Balzac

If you do big things they print your face, and if you do little things they print only your thumbs.
Arthur Bugs Baer

There's not a crime But takes its proper change out still in crime If once rung on the counter of this world.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Where crime is taught from early years, it becomes a part of nature.
Ovid

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
Ramsey Clark

Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
Marcellinus Ammianus

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

Whoever profits by the crime is guilty of it.
Anonymous

Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
Hunter S. Thompson

Small crimes always precede great ones. Never have we seen timid innocence pass suddenly to extreme licentiousness.
Jean Baptiste Racine

A crime which is the crime of many none avenge.
Lucan

Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
Maximilien Robespierre

A crafty knave needs no broker.
Horace

'Tis no sin love's fruits to steal; But the sweet thefts to reveal; To be taken, to be seen, These have crimes accounted been.
Ben Jonson

The crime of a mother is a heavy burden.
Jean Baptiste Racine

The judge is condemned when the criminal is absolved.
Publilius Syrus

I realized I had been paying hit men to slaughter cows for my table... and I stopped, but not for 6 months in which I rationalized.
O Anna Niemus

If blue collar jobs are leaving and white collar jobs are outsourced what color collar jobs are left?
Bob Edwards

The key is to commit crimes so confusing that police feel too stupid to even write a crime report about them.
Randy K. Milholland

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
Ovid

Nor all that heralds rake from coffin'd clay, Nor florid prose, nor honied lies of rhyme, Can blazon evil deeds, or consecrate a crime.
Lord Byron

The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.
Pierre Corneille

But many a crime deemed innocent on earth Is registered in Heaven; and these no doubt Have each their record, with a curse annex'd.
William Cowper

It is worse that a crime, it is a blunder.
Joseph Fouche

Crime is not punished as an offense against God, but as prejudicial to society. - James Anthony Froude,
James Anthony Froude

Every crime destroys more Edens than our own.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is grievous to be caught.
Horace

Many commit the same crimes with a very different result. One bears a cross for his crime; another a crown.
Juvenal

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.
Will Rogers

By his own verdict no guilty man was ever acquitted.
Juvenal

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
Henry Ford

For whoever meditates a crime is guilty of the deed.
Juvenal

It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.
Don Marquis

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenceless!
Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer

You are not to do evil that good may come of it.
Juvenal

Organized crime constitutes nothing less than a guerilla war against society.
Lyndon Baines Johnson

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.
Ovid

And who are the greater criminals--those who sell the instruments of death, or those who buy them and use them?
Robert Emmet Sherwood

Purposelessness is the fruitful mother of crime.
Charles H. Parkhurst

Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.
Vittorio Alfieri

Obviously crime pays, or there'd be no crime.
G. Gordon Liddy

Set a thief to catch a thief.
Anonymous

The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot.
Vittorio Alfieri

We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them.
Allen Tucker

Sport hunting is a crime. My sympathies are with the fox.
Duchess Of Windsor

Heaven takes care that no man secures happiness by crime.
Vittorio Alfieri

All crime is a kind of disease and should be treated as such.
Mahatma Gandhi

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
W. H. Auden

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies.
Woody Allen

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
George Washington

Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
Emma Goldman

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.
Henry Thomas Buckle

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
Edward Gibbon

The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind.
Joseph Conrad

Crooks are early adopters.
Craig Newmark

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.
Benjamin Disraeli

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.
Voltaire

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
C. P. Snow

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
Bertrand Russell

Crime is a product of social excess.
Lenin, Vladimir

Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.
Alfred E. Newman

Providence sees to it that no man gets happiness out of crime.
Conte Vittorio Alfieri

The reason there is so little crime in Germany is that it's against the law.
Alex Levin

There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson