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The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.

Author: Democritus

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.

Author: E. L. Doctorow (1931)

Profession: American Novelist

Successful crimes alone are justified.

Author: John Dryden (1631-1700)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist, Critic

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.

Author: Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)

Profession: French Sociologist

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.

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.

Author: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Profession: British Psychologist

Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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.

Author: Giovanni Falcone


Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.

Author: Barry J. Farber

Profession: American Trainer, Speaker, Author

Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.

Author: George Farquhar (1677-1707)

Profession: Irish Playwright

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.

Author: Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Profession: French Essayist, Philosopher

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.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

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.

Author: Jean Genet (1910-1986)

Profession: French Playwright, Novelist

Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.

Author: Jean Genet (1910-1986)

Profession: French Playwright, Novelist