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A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.
~ O. Henry Porter

 

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A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.
~ Mark Twain

 

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A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
~ Howard Scott

 

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Abscond. To ''move'' in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
~ John Huston

 

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All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
~ Proverb

 

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All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost -- the most legitimate -- passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.
~ Marquis De Sade

 

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Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
~ Evelyn Waugh

 

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Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
~ H.G. Wells

 

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Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
~ Barry J. Farber

 

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Crime generally punishes itself.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

 

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Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.
~ Georges Bataille

 

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Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
~ Emma Goldman

 

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Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
~ Agatha Christie

 

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Crime seems to change character when it crosses a bridge or a tunnel. In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though, it's intimate and psychological -- resistant to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich

 

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Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
~ Seneca

 

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Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
~ Jean Genet

 

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

 

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