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Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-19100
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.
Roman senator and historian 56-120 AD0
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
Edgar Allan Poe
American poet, writer and critic 1809-18450
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime.
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
After me there are no more jazz singers... It's a crime that no little singer is back there sockin' it to me in my field. To keep it going, to keep it alive, because I'm not going to live forever.
All novels are about crime. You'd be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don't see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That's the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world.
British novelist 1903-19660
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Russian writer 1890-19600
Am I a gangster or a murderer?
Of what crime do I stand
Condemned? I made the whole world weep
At the beauty of my land.Source: Selected Poems (1983)
American activist 1925-19650
America's greatest crime against the black man was not slavery or lynching, but that he was taught to wear a mask of self-hate and self-doubt.
Engels writer 1948-0
An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.
Anyone, any type of story, it doesn't have to be a crime victim, you don't have to let yourself be food for the media.
Are you as much of a criminal if you don't act when there's a crime taking place in front of you as you are one of the participants? That was something that I was thinking about a lot because there are many moments in 'Less Than Zero' where horrific things happen and Clay could do something about them, but his passivity stops him.
Honoré de Balzac
French writer 1799-18500
Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
English novelist and screenwriter 1948-0
By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State's crime when it sets out to crush that individuality.