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  Many are cursed for the crime of one.  
 -  African proverb, Ovambo
  

  Gossip is more horrible than a capital crime.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  It is easier for a cow to pass through the eye of a needle than to hide a crime.  
 -  Philippine proverb
  

  It's no crime to steal from a thief.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.  
 -  American proverb
  

  What greater crime than loss of time?  
 -  English proverb
  

  There is one moral duty that moralists underrate almost criminally - the duty to enjoy God's world.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  A word of peace redeems a crime.  
 -  African proverb, Ovambo
  

  Let the punishment fit the crime.  
 -  Proverb
  

  Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans' appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Everyone in public life should be arrested at least once. It's an education.  
 -  Alan Clark
  

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

  We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Please, if you ever see me getting beaten up by the police, please put your video camera down and help me.  
 -  Bobcat Goldthwait
  

  Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.  
 -  Bruce Lee
  

  Hate crimes are the scariest thing in the world because these people really believe what they're doing is right.  
 -  Cher
  

  If you wanna get away with murder, all you gotta do is shoot somebody in the head and put a demo tape in their pocket! 'This is a rap killing. Let's go home!'  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  So you gotta look at OJ's situation. He's paying $25,000 a month in alimony, got another man driving around in his car and f***ing his wife in a house he's still paying the mortgage on. Now I'm not saying he should have killed her... but I understand.  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  I live in a neighborhood so bad that you can get shot while getting shot!  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost 5,000 dollars. Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollar, we wouldn't have any innocent bystanders.  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  If you can keep your son off the pipe and your daughter off the pole, you're ahead of the game.  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  My friend Larry's in jail now. He got 25 years for something he didn't do. He didn't run fast enough.  
 -  Damon Wayans
  

  The Catholic Church has a tough new policy on child molestors: three strikes and you're a cardinal.  
 -  David Letterman
  

  They say, 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.' well, I think the gun helps. If you just stood there and yelled BANG, I don't think you'd kill too many people.  
 -  Eddie Izzard
  

  I was walking down Fifth Avenue today and I found a wallet, and I was gonna keep it, rather than return it, but I thought: well, if I lost a hundred and fifty dollars, how would I feel? And I realized I would want to be taught a lesson.  
 -  Emo Philips
  

  Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.  
 -  Ernest Hemingway
  

  My wife and I just celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary. If I had killed her the first time I thought about it, I'd be out of prison now.  
 -  Frank Carson
  

  To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  All men can be criminals, if tempted. All men can be heroes, if inspired.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Violence is the repartee of the illiterate.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  You know the good thing about all the executions in Texas? Fewer Texans.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  The old question still remains: Can a free people restrain crime without sacrificing fundamental liberties and a heritage of compassion? I am confident of the American answer. Let it become a vital element on America's new agenda. Let us show that we can temper together those opposite elements of liberty and restraint into one consistent whole.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  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
  

  The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Thirty years ago, a juvenile delinquent was a kid with an overdue library book.  
 -  Harry Hershfield
  

  If you want to be safe on the streets at night, carry a projector and slides of your last vacation.  
 -  Helen Mundis
  

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

  The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you.  
 -  Henry Miller
  

  Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American Dream?  
 -  Homer Simpson
  

  A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.  
 -  Howard Scott
  

  I'm a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  Violence is the repartee of the illiterate.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  You know the good thing about all the executions in Texas? Fewer Texans.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  The old question still remains: Can a free people restrain crime without sacrificing fundamental liberties and a heritage of compassion? I am confident of the American answer. Let it become a vital element on America's new agenda. Let us show that we can temper together those opposite elements of liberty and restraint into one consistent whole.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  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
  

  The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Thirty years ago, a juvenile delinquent was a kid with an overdue library book.  
 -  Harry Hershfield
  

  If you want to be safe on the streets at night, carry a projector and slides of your last vacation.  
 -  Helen Mundis
  

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

  The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you.  
 -  Henry Miller
  

  Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American Dream?  
 -  Homer Simpson
  

  A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.  
 -  Howard Scott
  

  I'm a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  Getting mugged was one of the worst experiences I ever had. They got my wallet and my driving license with a really good picture of me. What are the chances of me duplicating that photo?  
 -  Janeane Garofalo
  

  Insider trading is a serious crime. Do you know what the penalty for doing it is? Nothing, if you're a member of Congress.  
 -  Jarod Kintz
  

  The crime problem in New York is getting really serious. The other day the Statue of Liberty had both hands up.  
 -  Jay Leno
  

  If a mime gets arrested is he informed of his right to remain silent?  
 -  Jay Leno
  

  Two brothers have an abusive, alcoholic father. One becomes a criminal, the other a judge. The same event - different results. How can that be? It's because it's not what happens but rather what you and I do about it that matters.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Has anyone here been caught thieving in the Middle east? Let's have a show of hands.  
 -  Jimmy Carr
  

  It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, Whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection, and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.  
 -  John Adams
  

  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
  

  A criminal who, having renounced reason... hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or tyger, one of those wild savage beasts with whom men can have no society nor security.  
 -  John Locke
  

  Rain is the best policeman of all. Criminals don't like getting wet.  
 -  John Stalker
  

  Frustration is the mother of crime, and so there would be much more crime without prostitutes and without porn movies.  
 -  Karl Lagerfeld
  

  The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love.' It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.  
 -  Lydia Maria Child
  

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

  Concerning non-violence: It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  If one is shot dead, it is a great consolation to know that it was with a legally held firearm.  
 -  Margaret Thatcher
  

  Nothing incites to money-crimes like great poverty or great wealth.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  We ought never do wrong when people are looking.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  One of my friends once saw another guy's (criminal) record and said, 'Look, this guy is a born troublemaker, just a loser.' I had to tell him, 'No, that's my record - and it doesn't include my juvenile history.'  
 -  Mike Tyson
  

  A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy, fat women.  
 -  Nicole Hollander
  

  For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.  
 -  Noam Chomsky
  

  Sooner or later all mankind will realize that the greatest cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrow and crimes of humanity rests solely in acts of love. Love is the greatest gift from God. It is the divine spark that everywhere produces and restores life.  
 -  Og Mandino
  

  Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  It is the bungled crime that brings remorse.  
 -  P. G. Wodehouse
  

  Statisticians estimate that crime among good golfers is lower than in any class of the community except possibly bishops.  
 -  P. G. Wodehouse
  

  I'm the only woman who can walk in Central Park at night - and reduce the crime rate.  
 -  Phyllis Diller
  

  Mass murderers are simply people who have had enough.  
 -  Quentin Crisp
  

  This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

  If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

  In England, if you commit a crime, the police don't have a gun and you don't have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say, 'Stop, or I'll say stop again.'  
 -  Robin Williams
  

  Last week some guy pulled a knife on me, but I could tell it wasn't a real professional job. There was still butter on it.  
 -  Rodney Dangerfield
  

  The federal government has no right to treat all Americans as criminals by spying on their relationship with their doctors, employers, or bankers.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  You want to get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let's just get rid of all the drug laws.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  Did you hear about the woman who stabbed her husband 37 times? I admire her restraint.  
 -  Roseanne
  

  I've decided to take up a life of crime, but I can't decide which political party to join.  
 -  Roy Cubby Brown
  

  One crime has to be concealed by another.  
 -  Seneca
  

  He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.  
 -  Seneca
  

  It is a crime to despair. We must learn to draw from misfortune the means of future strength.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  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.  
 -  Sophocles
  

  If I hadn't made it as an actor, I might have wound up a hood.  
 -  Steve McQueen
  

  I just don't buy temporary insanity as a murder defence. Breaking into someone's home and ironing all their clothes - THAT'S temporary insanity.  
 -  Sue Kolinsky
  

  Opinion, and the just maintenance of it, shall never be a crime in my view.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn't commit.  
 -  Tupac Shakur
  

  I wanted to kill the sexiest person alive...but suicides a crime.  
 -  Unknown
  

  If we go to school to learn, and knowledge is power and power is corrupt and corruption is crime and crime doesn't pay then why the hell do we go to school?  
 -  Unknown
  

  Wouldn't it be the perfect crime if I stole your heart and you stole mine  
 -  Unknown
  

  Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Just called the police on my girlfriend. She hasn't committed a crime, I just want them to come and remind her she has the right to remain silent.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The worlds worst crimes are not committed by the hungry people; they are committed by the over-fed!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Justice doesn't mean the bad guy goes to jail, it just means that someone pays for the crime.  
 -  Unknown
  

  If poverty is the mother of crime, then stupidity is its father.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Society already understands that the criminal is not he who washes our dirty linen in public, but he who dirties the linen.  
 -  Vladimir Bukovsky
  

  History is no more than the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Have you any last requests before you're hanged? Yes, I'd like to see Paris before I die.  
 -  W. C. Fields
  

  Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  The crime of taxation is not in the taking of it, it's in the way that it's spent.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  We don't seem able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  Though men can cover crimes with bold stern looks, poor women's faces are their own faults' books.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Rape Of Lucrece
  

  Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with other men. There is a three-year waiting list.  
 -  Yakov Smirnoff