Crime Quotes


I came from a real tough neighborhood. Once a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn't a professional, the knife had butter on it.

Once I pulled a job, I was so stupid. I picked a guy's pocket on an airplane and made a run for it.

Crime    Funny    Humour

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

Classic    Crime    Detective    Mystery    Novel

There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

Antigone

Sophocles

Antigone
Change    Character    Course    Crime    Failure    Mistakes    Pride    Yield

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.

A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.

A Clash of Kings

George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings

Criminals should be punished, not fed pastries.

The Blank Book

Lemony Snicket

The Blank Book

There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.

Crime    Logic    Passion

To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace

The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.

Absurdity    Atheism    Atheist    Atrocity    Christian theology    Church    Comfort    Corruption    Crime    Horror    Luxury    Power    Sexism    Terrible    Theology    Villainous

Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.

Man and Superman

George Bernard Shaw

Man and Superman

The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.

Art    Creativity    Crime    Critic    Criticism    Detectives    Mystery

Behind every successful fortune there is a crime.

Behind    Crime    Every    Fortune    Successful

I'm convinced that most men don't know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man's atrocities, but wouldn't dream of imprisoning a mother for her son's crime?

Agenda    Apologetics    Atrocities    Belief    Bias    Biases    Blame    Confusion    Crime    Denial    Dream    Free will    God    Hypocrisy    Imprisonment    Mother    Rhetorical    Scrutiny    Self interest    Skepticism    Son    Uncertainty

The ORDINARY RESPONSE TO ATROCITIES is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable.
Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not work. Folk wisdom is filled with ghosts who refuse to rest in their graves until their stories are told. Murder will out. Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims.
The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma. People who have survived atrocities often tell their stories in a highly emotional, contradictory, and fragmented manner that undermines their credibility and thereby serves the twin imperatives of truth-telling and secrecy. When the truth is finally recognized, survivors can begin their recovery. But far too often secrecy prevails, and the story of the traumatic event surfaces not as a verbal narrative but as a symptom.
The psychological distress symptoms of traumatized people simultaneously call attention to the existence of an unspeakable secret and deflect attention from it. This is most apparent in the way traumatized people alternate between feeling numb and reliving the event. The dialectic of trauma gives rise to complicated, sometimes uncanny alterations of consciousness, which George Orwell, one of the committed truth-tellers of our century, called "doublethink," and which mental health professionals, searching for calm, precise language, call "dissociation." It results in protean, dramatic, and often bizarre symptoms of hysteria which Freud recognized a century ago as disguised communications about sexual abuse in childhood. . . .

If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.

Business    Crime    Humor    Inspirational    Mafia

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime.

Crime    Government    Hypocrisy    Law    Politics    Unjust    Violence

It's funny, but certain faces seem to go in and out of style. You look at old photographs and everybody has a certain look to them, almost as if they're related. Look at pictures from ten years later and you can see that there's a new kind of face starting to predominate, and that the old faces are fading away and vanishing, never to be seen again.

Crime    Fiction    Photographs    Time

Bite me." -Lieutenant Eve Dallas, from any of the In Death books.

Crime    Mystery    Romance    Scifi

Nothing goes so well with a hot fire and buttered crumpets as a wet day without and a good dose of comfortable horrors within. The heavier the lashing of the rain and the ghastlier the details, the better the flavour seems to be.

Strong Poison

Dorothy L. Sayers

Strong Poison
Comfort    Crime    Humor    Irony    Mysteries

It strikes me profoundly that the world is more often than not a bad and cruel place.

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho
American    American psycho    Conclusion    Crime    Cruel    Demons    Epiphany    Evil    Gore    Horror    Human beings    Human nature    Humanity    Humans    Life    Living    Murder    Murderer    Murderers    Psycho    Psychopath    Quote    Serial killer    Serial killers    Society    The world    Theory

I'm not afraid of dying. I'm afraid I'll never get a chance to live!

In my life long study of human beings, I have found that no matter how hard they try, they have found no way yet to prevent the arrival of Monday morning. And they do try, of course, but Monday always comes, and all the drones have to scuttle back to their dreary workday lives of meaningless toin and suffering.

Dexter in the Dark

Jeff Lindsay Dexter in the Dark

Dexter in the Dark
Crime    Lizard    Vintage

You've a pretty good nerve," said Ratchett. "Will twenty thousand dollars tempt you?"
It will not."
If you're holding out for more, you won't get it. I know what a thing's worth to me."
I, also M. Ratchett."
What's wrong with my proposition?"
Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal - I do not like your face, M. Ratchett," he said.

Crime    Detective    Express    Fiction    Hercule    Murder    Orient    Poirot

Let's say that the consensus is that our species, being the higher primates, Homo Sapiens, has been on the planet for at least 100,000 years, maybe more. Francis Collins says maybe 100,000. Richard Dawkins thinks maybe a quarter-of-a-million. I'll take 100,000. In order to be a Christian, you have to believe that for 98,000 years, our species suffered and died, most of its children dying in childbirth, most other people having a life expectancy of about 25 years, dying of their teeth. Famine, struggle, bitterness, war, suffering, misery, all of that for 98,000 years.
Heaven watches this with complete indifference. And then 2000 years ago, thinks 'That's enough of that. It's time to intervene,' and the best way to do this would be by condemning someone to a human sacrifice somewhere in the less literate parts of the Middle East. Don't lets appeal to the Chinese, for example, where people can read and study evidence and have a civilization. Let's go to the desert and have another revelation there. This is nonsense. It can't be believed by a thinking person.
Why am I glad this is the case? To get to the point of the wrongness of Christianity, because I think the teachings of Christianity are immoral. The central one is the most immoral of all, and that is the one of vicarious redemption. You can throw your sins onto somebody else, vulgarly known as scapegoating. In fact, originating as scapegoating in the same area, the same desert. I can pay your debt if I love you. I can serve your term in prison if I love you very much. I can volunteer to do that. I can't take your sins away, because I can't abolish your responsibility, and I shouldn't offer to do so. Your responsibility has to stay with you. There's no vicarious redemption. There very probably, in fact, is no redemption at all. It's just a part of wish-thinking, and I don't think wish-thinking is good for people either.
It even manages to pollute the central question, the word I just employed, the most important word of all: the word love, by making love compulsory, by saying you MUST love. You must love your neighbour as yourself, something you can't actually do. You'll always fall short, so you can always be found guilty. By saying you must love someone who you also must fear. That's to say a supreme being, an eternal father, someone of whom you must be afraid, but you must love him, too. If you fail in this duty, you're again a wretched sinner. This is not mentally or morally or intellectually healthy.
And that brings me to the final objection - I'll condense it, Dr. Orlafsky - which is, this is a totalitarian system. If there was a God who could do these things and demand these things of us, and he was eternal and unchanging, we'd be living under a dictatorship from which there is no appeal, and one that can never change and one that knows our thoughts and can convict us of thought crime, and condemn us to eternal punishment for actions that we are condemned in advance to be taking. All this in the round, and I could say more, it's an excellent thing that we have absolutely no reason to believe any of it to be true.

Stealing to eat ain’t criminal—stealing to be rich is.

... in practice the standard for what constitutes rape is set not at the level of women's experience of violation but just above the level of coercion acceptable to men.

The larger crimes are apt to be the simpler, for the bigger the crime, the more obvious, as a rule, is the motive.

Feeling - what authentic human fun!

Dexter in the Dark

Jeff Lindsay Dexter in the Dark

Dexter in the Dark
Crime    Lizard    Vintage

I don't wanna take my time going to work, I got a motorcycle and a sleeping bag and ten or fifteen girls. What the hell I wanna go off and go to work for? Work for what? Money? I got all the money in the world. I'm the king, man. I run the underworld, guy. I decide who does what and where they do it at. What am I gonna run around like some teeny bopper somewhere for someone elses money? I make the money man, I roll the nickels. The game is mine. I deal the cards

The devil’s agents may be of flesh and blood, may they not?

Crime    Devil    Evil    Mankind    Truth

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data.

A glass poured to air for the one who sits with us unseen; the patron and protector, the Crooked Warden, the Father of Necessary Pretexts.
Thanks for deep pockets poorly guarded.
Thanks for watchmen asleep at their posts.
Thanks for the city to nurture us and the night to hide us.
Thanks for friends to help us spend the loot.

Society wants to believe it can identify evil people, or bad or harmful people, but it's not practical. There are no stereotypes.

Bundy    Crime    Evil    Society    Ted bundy

At the small table, sitting very upright, was one of the ugliest old ladies he had ever seen. It was an ugliness of distinction - it fascinated rather than repelled.

Crime    Detective    Express    Fiction    Hercule    Murder    Orient    Poirot

When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals.

Today the most civilized countries of the world spend a maximum of their income on war and a minimum on education. The twenty-first century will reverse this order. It will be more glorious to fight against ignorance than to die on the field of battle. The discovery of a new scientific truth will be more important than the squabbles of diplomats. Even the newspapers of our own day are beginning to treat scientific discoveries and the creation of fresh philosophical concepts as news. The newspapers of the twenty-first century will give a mere 'stick' in the back pages to accounts of crime or political controversies, but will headline on the front pages the proclamation of a new scientific hypothesis.
Progress along such lines will be impossible while nations persist in the savage practice of killing each other off. I inherited from my father, an erudite man who labored hard for peace, an ineradicable hatred of war.

Civilized    Crime    Discovery    Education    Future    Hatred    Ignorance    Income    Killing    Peace    Philosophy    Progress    Savagery    Science    Truth    War

In my opinion, if, as the result of certain combinations,
Kepler
's or
Newton
's discoveries could become known to people in no other way than by sacrificing the lives of one, or ten, or a hundred or more people who were hindering the discovery, or standing as an obstacle in its path, then Newton would have the right, and it would even be his duty... to
remove
those ten or a hundred people, in order to make his discoveries known to mankind. It by no means follows from this, incidentally, that
Newton
should have the right to kill anyone he pleases, whomever happens along, or to steal from the market every day. Further, I recall developing in my article the idea that all... well, let's say, the lawgivers and founders of mankind, starting from the most ancient and going on to the
Lycurguses
, the
Solons
, the Muhammads, the
Napoleons
, and so forth, that all of them to a man were criminals, from the fact alone that in giving a new law, they thereby violated the old one, held sacred by society and passed down from their fathers, and they certainly did not stop at shedding blood either, if it happened that blood (sometimes quite innocent and shed valiantly for the ancient law) could help them.

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

The needs of a society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is that man who is offered only the crumbs from his country's table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast. Hence the janitor who lives in one room but sports a robin's-egg-blue Cadillac is not laughed at but admired, and the domestic who buys forty-dollar shoes is not criticized but is appreciated. We know that they have put to use their full mental and physical powers. Each single gain feeds into the gains of the body collective.

The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when [Holmes] became a specialist in crime.

Actor    Crime    Stage

The source of every crime, is some defect of the understanding; or some error in reasoning; or some sudden force of the passions. Defect in the understanding is ignorance; in reasoning, erroneous opinion.

Crime    Law    Leviathan

The whole thing becomes like this evil enchantment from a fairy tale, but you're made to believe the spell can never be broken.

Abuse    Abused    Abused women    Anger    Crime    Crime fiction    Evil    Fairy tale    Fury    Murder    Rape    Rape culture    Revenge    Seven deadly sins    Vigilante    Wrath

Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.

Sometimes the crime follows the punishment, which only serves to prove the foresight of the Great God."
"That's what my grandmother used to say," said Brutha automatically.
"Indeed? I would like to know more about this formidable lady."
"She used to give me a thrashing every morning because I would certainly do something to deserve it during the day," said Brutha.
"A most complete understanding of the nature of mankind,

Small Gods

Terry Pratchett

Small Gods

AMNESTY, n. The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.

An age cannot bind itself and ordain to put the succeeding one into such a condition that it cannot extend its (at best very occasional) knowledge , purify itself of errors, and progress in general enlightenment. That would be a crime against human nature, the proper destination of which lies precisely in this progress and the descendants would be fully justified in rejecting those decrees as having been made in an unwarranted and malicious manner.
The touchstone of everything that can be concluded as a law for a people lies in the question whether the people could have imposed such a law on itself
.

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