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The Best Quotes About Police

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A list of the best police quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous police quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic police quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational police quotes from that same writer.

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  • 1

    A really good detective never gets married.

    Raymond Chandler
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    If it were possible to make an accurate calculation of the evils which police regulations occasion, and of those which they prevent, the number of the former would, in all cases, exceed that of the latter.

    Wilhelm von Humboldt
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    Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.

    David Mamet
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    At one time my only wish was to be a police official. It seemed to me to be an occupation for my sleepless intriguing mind. I had the idea that there, among criminals, were people to fight: clever, vigorous, crafty fellows. Later I realized that it was good that I did not become one, for most police cases involve misery and wretchedness -- not crimes and scandals.

    Søren Kierkegaard
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    Communities without violence, thugs, or sexual predators don't need police. But that's not the environment most of us live in, is it? Dennis J. Stevens

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    You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch, therefore bear you the lantern.

    William Shakespeare
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    We now in the United States have more security guards for the rich than we have police services for the poor districts. If you're looking for personal security, far better to move to the suburbs than to pay taxes in New York.

    John Kenneth Galbraith
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    He may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die.

    James Baldwin
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    A functioning police state needs no police.

    William S. Burroughs
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    I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them.

    Alfred Hitchcock
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    However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.

    Quentin Crisp
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    There is nothing more unaesthetic than a policeman.

    Arthur Conan Doyle