He who spares the guilty threatens the innocent.
When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.
If you share your friend’s crime, you make it your own.
It is to their crimes that most great men are indebted for their gardens, their tables, their fine old plate – their love.
And who are the greater criminals – those who sell the instruments of death, or those who buy them and use them?
Crime wouldn’t pay if the government ran it.
Al Capone was to crime what J. P. Morgan was to Wall Street, the first man to exert national influence over his trade.
Crime, like disease, is not interesting; it is something to be done away with by general consent, and that is all about it.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
This man, although he may not actually have committed the crime attributed to him, is nevertheless morally culpable, because he is the enemy of our existing institutions. (Massachusetts judge, of Nicola Sacco, accused of armed robbery, 1920)