A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.

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.

A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.

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

After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.

All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.

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.

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

Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.

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

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.

Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.

Crime generally punishes itself.

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.

Crime is naught but misdirected energy.

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.

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.

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.

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

Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.

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