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Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.
- Vittorio Alfieri
Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.
[It., Non nella pena,
Nel delitto e la infamia.]
- Vittorio Alfieri, Antigone (I, 3)
The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot.
[It., Il reo
D'un delitto e chi'l pensa: a chi l' ordisce
La pena spetta.]
- Vittorio Alfieri, Antigone (II, 2)
Heaven takes care that no man secures happiness by crime.
[It., Oh! ben provvide il cielo,
Ch' uom per delitto mai lieto non sia.]
- Vittorio Alfieri, Oreste (I, 2)
Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.
- Woody Allen
Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
[Lat., Solent occupationis spe vel impune quaedam scelesta committi.]
- Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus),
Annales (XXX, 9)
It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.
- Bias of Priene
There's not a crime
But takes its proper change out still in crime
If once rung on the counter of this world.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
(bk. III, l. 870)
Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.
- Henry Thomas Buckle
A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenceless!
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
The Lady of Lyons (act IV, sc. 1)
Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.
- Edmund Burke
Responsibility prevents crimes.
- Edmund Burke
Nor all that heralds rake from coffin'd clay,
Nor florid prose, nor honied lies of rhyme,
Can blazon evil deeds, or consecrate a crime.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Childe Harold (canto I, st. 3)
Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
- Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)
Has, in the moment of its perpetration,
Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving,
An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Oh how will crime engender crime! throw guilt
Upon the soul, and like a stone cast on
The troubled waters of a lake,
'Twill form in circles round succeeding round;
Each wider than the first.
- George Colman ("The Younger")
The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind.
- Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)
The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.
[Fr., Le crime fait la honte et non pas l'echafaud.]
- Pierre Corneille, Essex (IV, 3)
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)
For he that but conceives a crime in thought,
Contracts the danger of an actual fault.
- Thomas Creech
Man's crimes are his worst enemies, following,
Like shadows, till they drive his steps into
The pit he dug.
The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.
- Mazo de la Roche
One crime is everything; two nothing.
- Dorothee DeLuzy
What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
- Paul Eldridge
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