Crime Sayings and Quotes

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

Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.     

Hannah Arendt

A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.     

George R.R. Martin

Crime is to man as fleas are to dog, the likelihood of its presence increases as the quality of one's personal circumstances decreases.     

Jerome P. Crabb

Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.     

Evelyn Waugh

A crime which is the crime of many none avenge.     


This crime against humanity must never be forgotten.     

Ronald Reagan

Rape is a more heinous crime than murder since the rape victim dies throughout the period she lives.     

Amit Abraham

To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.     

Malcolm X

A crime is a crime irrespective of the birth marks of the criminal.     

Narendra Modi

There are crimes that, like frost on flowers, in one single night destroy character and reputation.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Little crimes breed big crimes. You smile at little crimes and then big crimes blow your head off.     

Terry Pratchett

There are crimes which become innocent, and even glorious, through their splendor, number, and excess: Hence it is, that public theft is called Address, and to seize on Provinces unjustly, to make Conquests.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Crime against the individual is the equivalent of crime against humanity.     

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.     

Xun Zi

Crime is the price society pays for abandoning character.     

James Q. Wilson

There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.     

Albert Camus

There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.     

Joseph Pulitzer

Commit a crime and the world is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A crime is born in the gap between the morality of society and that of the individual.     

Håkan Nesser

But from each crime are born bullets that will one day seek out in you where the heart lies.     

Pablo Neruda

It was crime at its purest, in which empathy, that most fundamental aspect of human morality, evaporated and another being became only a target for untamed fantasy.     

Scott Turow

It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.     

Pierre Corneille

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.     

H. G. Wells

Crime has always been a regrettably consistent element of the human experience.     

Mark Frost

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.     

Nelson Mandela

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.     

Edmund Burke

No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.     


A crime against god is a demonstrated impossibility.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.     


Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that specieas alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.     

Georges Bataille