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CRIME
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Those who are themselves incapable of great crimes are ever backward to suspect others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

You are not to do evil that good may come of it.
  [Lat., Non faciat malum, ut inde veniat bonum.]
      - Legal Maxim

Crime is a product of social excess.
      - Nikolai Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Governments have tried to stop crime through punishment throughout the ages, but crime continued in the past punishment remains. Crime can only be stopped through a preventive approach in the schools. You teach the students Transcendental Meditation, and right away they’ll begin using their full brain physiology sensible and they will not get sidetracked into wrong things.
      - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes them! It is such a fraud.
      - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Whoever commits a crime strengthens his enemy.
      - Daniel O'Connell

Most crimes are sanctioned in some form or other when they take grand names.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.
  [Lat., Poena potest demi, culpa perennis erit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 1, 64)

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
  [Lat., Factis ignoscite nostris
    Si scelus ingenio scitis abesse meo.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (bk. III, 309)

Where crime is taught from early years, it becomes a part of nature.
  [Lat., Ars fit ubi a teneris crimen condiscitur annis.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
         (IV, 25)

Purposelessness is the fruitful mother of crime.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Small crimes always precede great crimes. Whoever has been able to transgress the limits set by law may afterwards violate the most sacred rights; crime, like virtue, has its degrees, and never have we seen timid innocence pass suddenly to extreme licentiousness.
      - Jean Baptiste Racine

The crime of a mother is a heavy burden.
  [Fr., Le crime d'une mere est un pesant fardeau.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Phedre (III, 3)

Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often often considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
      - Robert Rice

A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you.
      - Will Rogers

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

With his hand upon the throttle-valve of crime.
      - Lord Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Salisbury,
        in a speech in the House of Lords

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
      - George Santayana

He who profits by a crime commits it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Successful crime is dignified with the name of virtue; the good become the slaves of the impious; might makes right; fear silences the power of the law.
  [Lat., Prosperum ac felix scelus
    Virtus vocatur; sontibus patent boni;
      Jus est in armis, opprimit leges timor.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (CCLI)

One crime has to be concealed by another.
  [Lat., Scelere velandum est scelus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
         (DCCXXI)

No crime has been without a precedent.
  [Lat., Nullum caruit exemplo nefas.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
         (DLIV)


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