Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
Author: Freda Adler (1870-1937)
Profession: Pioneer Psychiatrist, Born in Vienna
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.
Author: Woody Allen (1935)
Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian
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.
Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
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.
Author: Georges Bataille (1897-1962)
Profession: French Novelist, Critic
Abscond. To ''move'' in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"
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.
Author: William Blake (1757-1827)
Profession: British Poet, Painter
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Profession: French General, Emperor
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)
Profession: American Historian
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.
Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
Profession: British Poet, Satirist
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.
Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)
Profession: French Existential Writer
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.
Author: Elias Canetti (1905)
Profession: Austrian Novelist, Philosopher
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
Author: Al Capone (1899-1947)
Profession: American Gangster
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.
Author: Agatha Christie (1891-1976)
Profession: British Mystery Writer
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)
Profession: British Critic