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CRIME
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No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We want a state of things in which crime will not pay, a state of things which allows every man the largest liberty compatible with the liberty of every other man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
      - George Farquhar

It is worse that a crime, it is a blunder.
  [Fr., C'est plus qu'un crime, c'est une faute.]
      - Joseph Fouche,
        as quoted by himself in his Memoires referring to the murder of the Duc Enghien

Crime is not punished as an offense against God, but as prejudicial to society.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Reciprocal Duties of State and Subjects

History . . . is, indeed, little more than the register of the the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
      - Edward Gibbon

For all guilt is avenged on earth.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Crimes generally punish themselves.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.
      - Augustus William Hare

Every crime destroys more Edens than our own.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Marble Faun
         (vol. I, ch. XXIII)

It is grievous to be caught.
  [Lat., Deprendi miserum est.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (bk. I, 2, 134)

A thief believes everybody steals.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

A crime against god is a demonstrated impossibility.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

He who commends the brutalities of the past, sows the seeds of future crimes.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

Organized crime constitutes nothing less than a guerrilla war against society.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson

Governors being accustomed to hear of more crimes than they can punish, and more wrongs than they can redress, set themselves at ease by indiscriminate negligence, and presently forget the request when they lose sight of the petitioner.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We are easily shocked by crimes which appear at once in their full magnitude; but the gradual growth of our wickedness, endeared by interest and palliated by all the artifices of self-deceit, gives us time to form distinctions in our favor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A crafty knave needs no broker.
      - quoted in Ben Jonson,
        Every Man in his Humour

'Tis no sin love's fruits to steal;
  But the sweet thefts to reveal;
    To be taken, to be seen,
      These have crimes accounted been.
      - Ben Jonson, Volpone (act III, sc. 6)

Every crime will bring remorse to the man who committed it.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Where have you ever found that man who stopped short after the perpetration of a single crime?
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Many commit the same crimes with a very different result. One bears a cross for his crime; another a crown.
  [Lat., Multi committunt eadem diverso crimina fato;
    Ille crucem scleris pretium tulit, hic diadema.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 103)

By his own verdict no guilty man was ever acquitted.
  [Lat., Se judice, nemo nocens absolvitur.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 2)

For whoever meditates a crime is guilty of the deed.
  [Lat., Nam scelus intra se tacitum qui cogitat ullum,
    Facti crimen habet.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 209)

For the credit of virtue we must admit that the greatest misfortunes of men are those into which they fall through their crimes.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld


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