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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)

Every crime
  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.
      - Creon

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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