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THEFT
[ Also see Dishonesty Robbery Thieves Thieving ]

One bush, they say, can never hide two thieves.
      - Aristophanes

No Indian prince has to his palace
  More followers than a thief to the gallows.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Your thief looks
  Exactly like the rest, or rather better;
    'Tis only at the bar, and in the dungeon,
      That wise men know your felon by his features.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

What is dishonestly got vanishes in profligacy.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Shun such as lounge through afternoons and eves,
  And on thy dial write--"Beware of thieves!"
    Felon of minutes, never taught to feel
      The worth of treasures which thy fingers steal;
        Pick my left pocket of its silver dime,
          But spare the right,--it holds my golden time.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Whether we force the man's property from him by pinching his stomach, or pinching his fingers, makes some difference anatomically; morally, none whatsoever.
      - John Ruskin

Every true man's apparel fits your thief.
      - William Shakespeare

I'll example you with thievery:
  The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction
    Robs the vast sea: the moon's an arrant thief,
      And her pale fire she snatches from the sun:
        The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves
          The moon into salt tears: the earth's a thief,
            That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen
              From general excrement: each thing's a thief.
      - William Shakespeare

In limited professions there's boundless theft.
      - William Shakespeare

Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that;
  You take my house, when you do take the prop
    That doth sustain my house; you take my life,
      When you do take the means whereby I live.
      - William Shakespeare

O theft most base, that we have stolen what we do fear to keep!
      - William Shakespeare

The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief;
  He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
      - William Shakespeare

Thou hast stolen both mine office and my name;
  The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle blame.
      - William Shakespeare

Virtuosi have been long remarked to have little conscience in their favorite pursuits. A man will steal a rarity who would cut off his hand rather than take the money it is worth. Yet, in fact, the crime is the same.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford


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