Crooks Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old crooks quotes, crooks sayings, and crooks proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Crooks aren't the worst people, just the stupidest. The fleas of the world.     

Orson Welles

What's a crook, only a businessman without a shop.     

Brendan Behan

Very well then, better a sane crook than a mad puritan.     

F.Scott Fitzgerald

I don't know why we'd need so many more prisons when the crooks seem so happy in the Senate.     

Jack Layton

A silver-tongued charlatan and a half-wit society are made for each other! When these two come together in an election, a great disaster happens: Charlatan comes to power!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

The charlatan is always the pioneer... The quack of yesterday is the professor of tomorrow.     

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.     

William Shakespeare

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Every time a thief steals, he steals from his own peace, from his own honor! No man is as poor as a rich thief!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.     

Aesop

The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.     

Dashiell Hammet

A charlatan makes obscure what is clear; a thinker makes clear what is obscure.     

Hugh Kingsmill

We've had crooks from the beginning of time...It's always very interesting and troubling why good people do bad things.     

Henry Paulson

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.     

Harry S Truman

I know many crooks and they never preach, but I don't know anyone who preaches that isn't a crook also.     

Indro Montanelli

Crooks are early adopters.     

Craig Newmark

A thief is a thief, whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.     

Indian Proverb

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.     

Lao Tzu

A thief, though rich, will continue to steal, but an honest man, though poor, will ever seek to pay his debts.     

John Andreas Widtsoe

The big thieves hang the little ones.     

Czech Proverb

It is not easy to steal where the landlord is a thief.     

Irish Sayings

One bush, they say can never hide two thieves     

Aristophanes

Those crooks exhibit the epidermis of pachyderms. But I am prepared to fight them. I have cultivated intestinal fortitude.     

Miriam Santiago

A crook is a crook, and there's something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But any guy who pretends he is enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake. The worst type of these punks is the big politician. You can only get a little of his time because he spends so much time covering up that no one will know that he is a thief. A hard-working crook will-and can-get those birds by the dozen, but right down in his heart he won't depend on them-hates the sight of them.     

Al Capone

The real culprits are those who created a system that makes it dangerous to work and safe to loaf.     

Thomas Sowell

Every time we try to plug a hole in the system, the crooks are finding a way to beat the system.     

Steve Camp

An artist who conforms to conventional ideas is nothing but a mere charlatan.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.     

Edmund Burke