Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
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.
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.
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 naught but misdirected energy.
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.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.
A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime.
As one reads history ... one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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, a mystery resist to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
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.
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