Crime & Justice Quotes

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    He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan. ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way. ~ Al Capone
  • We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them. ~ Allen Tucker
  • Abscond. To ”move” in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another. ~ Ambrose Bierce
  • Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. ~ Aristotle
  • There is a new billboard outside Times Square. It keeps an up-to minute count of gun-related crimes in New York. Some goofball is going to shoot someone just to see the numbers move. ~ David Letterman
  • It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld. ~ Don Marquis
  • Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up. ~ Edgar Watson Howe
  • Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit. ~ Freda Adler
  • The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor. ~ H. L. Mencken
  • Criminal – A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation. ~ Howard Scott
  • Successful crimes alone are justified. ~ John Dryden
  • It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked. ~ Jill Peterson
  • 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. ~ Mark Twain
  • A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else. ~ O. Henry Porter
  • Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner. ~ Oscar Wilde
  • 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. ~ Oscar Wilde
  • A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime. ~ Oscar Wilde
  • If some beggar steals a bridle he’ll be hung by a man who’s stolen a horse. ~ Peire Cardenal
  • And who are the greater criminals–those who sell the instruments of death, or those who buy them and use them? ~ Robert Emmet Sherwood
  • 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. ~ Samuel Butler
  • It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. ~ Voltaire
  • We don’t seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business. ~ Will Rogers
  • 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. ~ Woody Allen
  • Written laws are like spider’s webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful. ~ Anacharsis
  • When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  • The law often permits what honor prohibits. ~ Bernard Joseph Saurin
  • Where there is no law there is no transgression. ~ Bible
  • I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement. ~ Calvin Coolidge
  • The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known. ~ Charles Evans Hughes
  • The trouble with law is lawyers. ~ Clarence Darrow
  • I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law. ~ David Dinkins
  • Somebody figured it out — we have 35 million laws trying to enforce Ten Commandments. ~ Earl Wilson
  • Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal. ~ Friedrich Engels
  • Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. ~ H. L. Mencken
  • Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • Every law is an infraction of liberty. ~ Jeremy Bentham
  • Come, agree, the law’s costly. ~ Jonathan Swift
  • It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime. ~ Max Stirner
  • The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue. ~ Oliver Goldsmith
  • This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made. ~ Otto Von Bismarck
  • The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress. ~ Quentin Crisp
  • Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked. ~ Robert D. Sprecht
  • In law, nothing is certain but the expense. ~ Samuel Butler
  • Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate. ~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
  • I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one. ~ Voltaire
  • Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them, who obeys them. ~ Ward Becker
  • Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It’s what we have because we can’t have justice. ~ William Mcilvanney

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