Crime and Punishment Quotes

A crafty knave needs no broker.
~ Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires (bk. I, 2, 134)

A crime which is the crime of many none avenge.

~ Lucan (39 AD – 65 AD)

A first impulse was never a crime.
~ Pierre Corneille

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenceless!

~ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton, The Lady of Lyons (act IV, sc. 1)

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
~ Tacitus

A small demerit extinguishes a long service.
~ Thomas Fuller

A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.

A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime.
~ Edgar Allan Poe

Actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions-it’s like a dream.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment and Punishment, Ch. 17

Actions receive their tincture from the times,
And as they change are virtues made or crimes (A Hymn to the Pillory)
~ Daniel Defoe

All civilised countries should unite in the fight against international terrorism.
[on the London terrorist attack, 7th July 2005]

~ Vladimir Putin

All crime is a kind of disease and should be treated as such.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

All mankind lives and each man strives by codes of conduct mutually agreed. Perhaps these codes are good, perhaps they’re bad, it’s only evident they’re codes. Mores bind the race. Coaction then occurs. Thought and motion in accord. A oneness then of purpose and survival so results. But now against that code there is transgression. And so because the code was held, whatever code it was, and man sought comfort in man’s company, he held back his deed and so entered then the bourne in which no being laughs or has a freedom in his heart.
~ L. Ron Hubbard (American Science-fiction Writer, Novelist and Founder of Scientology; 1911-1986)

All men have crimes, and most of them are hidden.
~ MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset

All punishment is mischief. All punishment in itself is evil.
~ Jeremy Bentham

And the thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
~ Anatole France

And who are the greater criminals–those who sell the instruments of death, or those who buy them and use them?
~ Robert Emmet Sherwood

Anybody who doesn’t know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose. [On the true nature of politics]
~ James Ellroy

Base stealing, like crime in general, is increasing and is also getting more difficult to curb.

~ Leonard Davids

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
~ Honore de Balzac (1799 – 1850)

But many a crime deemed innocent on earth Is registered in Heaven; and these no doubt Have each their record, with a curse annex’d.
~ William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 439)

By his own verdict no guilty man was ever acquitted. [Lat., Se judice, nemo nocens absolvitur.]
~ Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires (XIII, 2)

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.

~ Henry Ford

Capitalism is glorified institutionalized street crime.
~ Jr

Commit a crime and the world is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole.
~ RALPH WALDO EMERSON, “Compensation,” Essays

Crime and Punishment 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, A Modern Utopia

Crime and Punishment and the fear of crime have permeated the fabric of American life.
~ Warren E. Burger (Chief Justice, US Supreme Court)

Crime and Punishment butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.

~ Maximilien Robespierre (1758 – 1794)

Crime and Punishment destroys more Edens than our own.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, Marble Faun (vol. I, ch. XXIII)

Crime and Punishment does not pay … as well as politics.

~ Alfred E. Newman

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