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Set a thief to catch a thief.

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Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. John F. Kennedy

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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

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Locks keep out only the honest.

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Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. Aristotle

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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. Hannah Arendt

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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. Barbara Ehrenreich

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In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.

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Not failure, but low aim, is crime. James Russell Lowell

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Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up. Edgar Watson Howe

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He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. Plato

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Crime when it succeeds is called virtue. Seneca the Younger

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Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.

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All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.

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If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father. Jean de La Bruyère

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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. Émile Durkheim

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One crime has to be concealed by another. Seneca the Younger

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Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression. Evelyn Waugh

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Many commit the same crime with a different destiny; one bears a cross as the price of his villainy, another wears a crown. Juvenal

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There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion. William Hazlitt

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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. Michel Foucault

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Great thieves punish little ones.

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Crime is naught but misdirected energy. Emma Goldman

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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. Elias Canetti

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The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor. H. L. Mencken

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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. Albert Camus

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There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess. François de La Rochefoucauld

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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. William Blake

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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. Georges Bataille

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The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague. Napoleon Bonaparte

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He has committed the crime who profits by it. Seneca the Younger

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It is certain that stealing nourishes courage, strength, skill, tact, in a word, all the virtues useful to a republican system and consequently to our own. Lay partiality aside, and answer me: is theft, whose effect is to distribute wealth more evenly, to be branded as a wrong in our day, under our government which aims at equality? Plainly, the answer is no. Marquis de Sade

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The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event. Daniel J. Boorstin

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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. Jean Genet

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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. John Kenneth Galbraith

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There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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From a single crime know the nation. Virgil

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

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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

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Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear. Karl Kraus

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Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes George Will

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He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen, him not know t, and he's not robbed at all. William Shakespeare

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Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards. George Farquhar

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Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community. H. G. Wells

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Successful crimes alone are justified. John Dryden

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Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another. Ambrose Bierce

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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. Marquis de Sade

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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.

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We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others. Horace