When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.
Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.
They who overlook a crime, encourage the commission of another.
It is not easy to steal where the landlord is a thief.
Success consecrates the foulest crimes.
A nation is no better than its charlatans.
The thief is no danger to the beggar.
For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ. (Hamlet)
A little stealing is a dangerous part, But stealing largely is a noble art; ‘Tis mean to rob a hen roost, or a hen, But stealing thousands makes us gentlemen.
Didst thou never hear – That things ill got had ever bad success? And happy always was it for that son Whose father for his hoarding went to hell? (Henry VI)