Quotes: crime

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  • Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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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.
  • Tacitus
    Tacitus
    Roman senator and historian 56-120 AD
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    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
    Edgar Allan Poe
    American poet, writer and critic 1809-1845
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    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.
  • John Huston
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    After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
  • Betty Carter
    Betty Carter
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    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.
  • Carl Hiaasen
    Carl Hiaasen
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    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.
  • Evelyn Waugh
    Evelyn Waugh
    British novelist 1903-1966
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    Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    Russian writer 1890-1960
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    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)
  • Malcolm X
    Malcolm X
    American activist 1925-1965
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    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.
  • Salman Rushdie
    Salman Rushdie
    Engels writer 1948-
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    An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.
  • Bernhard Goetz
    Bernhard Goetz
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    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
    Honoré de Balzac
    French writer 1799-1850
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    Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
  • Ian Mcewan
    Ian Mcewan
    English novelist and screenwriter 1948-
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    By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State's crime when it sets out to crush that individuality.
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