Criminal Quotations

Criminal quotes and aphorisms

Criminal quotes and aphorisms

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
Oscar Wilde

The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.
Oscar Wilde

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
Robert Green Ingersoll

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation.
Howard Scott

A mob is the method by which good citizens turn over the law and the government to the criminal or irresponsible classes.
Ray Stannard Baker

A person’s mere propinquity to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not give rise to probable cause to search that person.
Potter Stewart

It was a strange man, a kind of black humorist, a true philosopher. One day he said: “If my books  could ensure an increase in the number of murders, well, it will mean that they have been quite useful in some way or another.”
Carl William Brown

A trial without witnesses, when it involves a criminal accusation, a criminal matter, is not a true trial.
Bill McCollum

Actually criminal sanctions that are given could be up to five years for violating the rules and regulations under the campaign finance reform. This is like the Alien and Sedition Act of years and years ago, decades ago.
Jay Alan Sekulow

Am I a criminal? The world knows I’m not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You’ve lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.
Jack Kevorkian

As a cop, I dealt with every kind of bum and criminal. They all have more integrity than some Hollywood people.
Joseph Wambaugh

As the criminal, sinful war in Iraq enters its third year, the president goes to Europe to heal the wounds between the United States and its former allies, on his own terms of course.
Andrew Greeley

But certainly I didn’t know he was doing anything that was criminal.
Kenneth Lay

But I can’t take responsibility for criminal conduct of somebody inside the company.
Kenneth Lay

By providing our school districts with direct access to criminal information records, we can help ensure timely and complete information on prospective school employees.
Jon Porter

Never underestimate the enemy, above all if he is a stupid one and deserves to be killed. Carl William Brown

Dealing with a simple burglary can require 1000 process steps and 70 forms to be completed as a case goes through the Criminal Justice System. That can’t be right.
Theresa May

Even a criminal has the right to a new life, but they made sure I did not have that. They just didn’t stop calling me a prostitute for ever and ever and ever and ever.
Christine Keeler

Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.
Robert Kennedy

Everywhere among the English-speaking race criminal justice was rude, and punishments were barbarous; but the tendency was to do away with special privileges and legal exemptions.
Albert Bushnell Hart

Far too often we see attention paid to the firearm and not the criminal.
Jeff Miller

He convinced me that if we’re going to have honest government that you can’t leave it up to the crooks and that honest people have to get involved in government. So I did. I got involved as a criminal prosecutor with the U. S. Justice Department.
Bill Scott

He exists and we have four people who identified him and I know who he is, where he is, what his phone number is, everything about him that one needs. All I need is a criminal trial so I can have him subpoenaed.
William Pepper

Henry Kissinger is the greatest living war criminal in the world today, with the blood of millions of people in Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos and Chile and East Timor on his hands. He will never appear in a court or be behind bars.
George Galloway

Historically, terrorism falls in a category different from crimes that concern a criminal court judge.
Jurgen Habermas

How many condemnations I have witnessed more criminal than the crime!
Michel de Montaigne

I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I would rather err on the side of too much authority than too little.
James Ellroy

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
Thomas Jefferson

I am no longer a criminal. I gave up that practice years ago.
Ronald Biggs

I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired.
Harold Pinter

I don’t smoke marijuana anymore. I don’t drink. Marijuana is a handicap. So is alcohol. Alcohol is a terrible handicap. But in spite of being a handicap, it shouldn’t be criminal.
Gary Johnson

I don’t think I’m a criminal, number one.
Kenneth Lay

I expect VA’s inspector general and the FBI to work closely together so that we can identify and eliminate the flaws that allowed this leak and prosecute any criminal acts.
Steve Buyer

I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court, a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage in a capital case before a trial.
Constance Baker Motley

I have also been saddened, though hardly surprised, by the weakness of the EU’s reaction to the criminal attack on the Danish embassy in Syria, which seems to have been permitted, if not actively encouraged, by the Syrian regime.
Timothy Garton Ash

I have too great a soul to die like a criminal.
John Wilkes Booth

I just produced Criminal, this remake of Nine Queens, and one of the things that appealed to me about Nine Queens is that it was a performance piece, and that’s the most fun.
Steven Soderbergh

I knew how many MPs I had assigned to the brigade, how many military prison operations I would be running, but we needed to evaluate how many criminal prison operations we could support.
Janis Karpinski

I mean, I don’t think I’m alone when I look at the homeless person or the bum or the psychotic or the drunk or the drug addict or the criminal and see their baby pictures in my mind’s eye. You don’t think they were cute like every other baby?
Dustin Hoffman

I must be informed, that one of my great duties was, to obey the priests in all things; and this I soon learnt, to my utter astonishment and horror, was to live in the practice of criminal intercourse with them.
Maria Monk

I never saw anything that would qualify as a criminal activity.
Martin Bashir

I only did my duty to my country when I tried to oppose the criminal folly of Hitler.
Wilhelm Canaris

I represented many of these kids as they become young adults in the criminal justice system when I was a public defender. One way of reaching out is by the mind of experimentation.
Matt Gonzalez

I rise in support of the separation of powers as established by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution. The Constitution clearly delegates the power to deal with criminal matters, like the use of drugs, to the States.
Dana Rohrabacher

I spent time in, like, criminal courts, and covering murder trials for papers.
Kurt Loder

I take full responsibility for what happened at Enron. But saying that, I know in my mind that I did nothing criminal.
Kenneth Lay

I therefore believe that our system does not have a word for failed trial, and that is where the American public does not realize that our criminal justice system sometimes makes mistakes.
Sam Sheppard

Only eliminating all pains in the ass the real mild and gentle man can live in peace.
Carl William Brown

I think actually what I’m going to do when I’m done and take my next vacation, is I’m going to go over and start unions in Japan. I’m going to unionize Japan. Because the way they work those crews is so criminal. There’s no overtime, so they can just keep going.
Sarah Michelle Gellar

I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.
Harold Pinter

I think there is a case for strong action and intervention when there is criminality and when the leaders are corrupt or behaving in a criminal fashion.
Jay Weatherill

I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.
John Maynard Keynes

I would, without any hesitation, shoot a violent criminal again.
Bernhard Goetz

I’m real bent on dialogue. I’m just a little bit crazy and when you put that along with 20 years as a criminal lawyer, it’s pretty easy to come up with some interesting plots.
Christopher Darden

I’m tired of being considered some kind of criminal or dangerous throwback for no other reason than that I value, exercise, and defend my rights under the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution.
L. Neil Smith

I’ve been lucky-my looks haven’t put me into one category. I don’t look like a blue blood. I don’t look like a criminal. I don’t look like anything.
Tim Robbins

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
Robert Green Ingersoll

If anybody ever dares to compare Bob Dole to Clinton, then they’re comparing a criminal to an honest man.
Sonny Bono

If I was a criminal, stationery stores and bakeries would be the two kinds of places I would concentrate on.
John Turturro

If it is a crime to love the South, its cause and its President, then I am a criminal. I would rather lie down in this prison and die than leave it owing allegiance to a government such as yours.
Belle Boyd

If the U.N. were to be successful in its efforts to control the Internet, countries where human rights records range from questionable to criminal could be put in charge of determining what is and is not allowed to appear online.
John Doolittle

If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can’t deny a kind of respect for the great criminal.
Denis Diderot

In addition, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act provides protection for those in the firearms industry from lawsuits arising out of the criminal or unlawful acts of people who misuse their products.
Bob Ney

In all candor, the Court fails to perceive any reason for suspending the power of courts to get evidence and rule on questions of privilege in criminal matters simply because it is the president of the United States who holds the evidence.
John J. Sirica

In modern Russia, you have no official, formal assessment of this past. Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy of the Soviet government was criminal, that it was terrible. No one has ever said this.
Ryszard Kapuscinski

In my first year as governor, we solved some of the problems that had begun to undermine the Open Records Act. We gave the act teeth by providing criminal penalties for knowing violations.
Roy Barnes

Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.
Jesse Ventura

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
Mark Twain

It is criminal to put our servicemen and women in harm’s way and to put the lives of so many civilians on the line for the misguided frustrations of the Bush administration.
Dave Matthews

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
Friedrich Schiller

It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.
Ken Thompson

It is outrageous to know that security procedures are apparently so lax at the Department of Veterans Affairs that a single bureaucrat had the ability to put the personal information of over 26 million Veterans at risk for sale to the highest criminal bidder.
Bob Ney

It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

It was the king’s army, the king’s people, the king’s taxes; and he who questioned the propriety of the royal prerogative of taking from his people without return or accounting, was reckoned, and felt himself to be, a criminal, guilty of the highest crime of disloyalty.
John Buchanan Robinson

It’s very important to go back and keep in mind the distinction between handling these events as criminal acts, which was the way we did before 9/11, and then looking at 9/11 and saying, “This is not a criminal act,” not when you destroy 16 acres of Manhattan, kill 3,000 Americans, blow a big hole in the Pentagon. That’s an act of war.
Dick Cheney

Killing Japanese didn’t bother me very much at that time… I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal.
Curtis LeMay

Lawyers claim that their clients have been grossly mistreated, which is what criminal defense lawyers are paid to do.
Kenneth Starr

Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.
Antonio Villaraigosa

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
Bertrand Russell

Looking back, I’m almost happy I lost that fight. Just imagine if I would have come back to Germany with a victory. I had nothing to do with the Nazis, but they would have given me a medal. After the war I might have been considered a war criminal.
Max Schmeling

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.
Michel de Montaigne

Morality and its victim, the mother – what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
Emma Goldman

Most children turn out badly because they have the wrong parental image. This doesn’t mean their parents are criminal. It means they are boring and cruel.
Hedy Lamarr

Most criminal defendants do not get adequate representation because there are not enough public defenders to represent them. There is a lot that is wrong.
John Grisham

My father is a practicing criminal law attorney in the Seattle area.
David Guterson

My role and my obligation was to conduct criminal investigations.
Louis Freeh

Not a season passes without new disclosures showing Nixon’s numerous attempts at criminal use of his presidential powers and in fact the scorn he held for the rule of law.
Bob Woodward

Nothing matters but the facts. Without them, the science of criminal investigation is nothing more than a guessing game.
Blake Edwards

Once brave politicians and others explain the war on drugs’ true cost, the American people will scream for a cease-fire. Bring the troops home, people will urge. Treat drugs as a health problem, not as a matter for the criminal justice system.
Larry Elder

One of the people that wrote a forward to my book is Gerry Spence, whom I admire. Gerry is a friend of mine, and Gerry’s perhaps the leading criminal defense attorney in the country.
Vincent Bugliosi

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

Pauley Perrette: I was a criminal science fanatic and went to study it in college as well and I think that helped me on NCIS because I was comfortable with the language, I had studied criminal science in school for years.
Pauley Perrette

People should be allowed to document evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Where is the expectation of privacy if someone is conspiring to commit crime?
Linda Tripp

Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
Frank Moore Colby

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.
Elizabeth Fry

Radium could be very dangerous in criminal hands.
Pierre Curie

Resistance to criminal rashness comes better late than never.
Titus Livius

Since the Puffy Combs case in New York, I will not try any more criminal cases.
Johnnie Cochran

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
Friedrich Engels

South Africa was to evolve into the most pernicious example of the criminal practise of colonial and white minority domination.
Thabo Mbeki

Specifically, the growing threat that sexual predators pose to our Nation’s children and their families represents an area where our criminal justice system has failed the American people.
Paul Gillmor

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
Karl Kraus

Status in itself is criminal for those with the means to move, and the means to weave communion between people.
Dave Eggers

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Albert Einstein

The administration says, then, there are no downsides or upsides to treating terrorists like civilian criminal defendants, but a lot of us would beg to differ.
Sarah Palin

The American people do not want people thumbing their nose at the law. It undercuts the very fabric of our society and the system of civil justice and of criminal justice as well.
Ernest Istook

The Children’s Safety Act will help protect children from the perpetrators of these vile crimes by strengthening notification requirements for sex offenders and increasing criminal penalties.
James T. Walsh

The criminal is trying to solve his immediate problems.
Naguib Mahfouz

The criminal law needs to be improved to meet new forms of crime, but to denounce financial devices which are useful and legitimate because use is made of them for fraud, is ridiculous and unworthy of the age in which we live.
William Graham Sumner

The current prohibition laws are forcing drug disputes to be played out with guns in our streets. We need to put a stop to this criminal drug element in our country.
Gary Johnson

The expectations are that when this investigation is completed, Fitzgerald will make the appropriate decision, which is not to charge Karl with any criminal offenses.
Robert Luskin

The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as interesting as the step into making the cover-up. And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied. That he was a criminal.
Bob Woodward

The incompetence regarding body and vehicle armor rises almost to a level of criminal negligence.
John Olver

The issue is privacy. Why is the decision by a woman to sleep with a man she has just met in a bar a private one, and the decision to sleep with the same man for $100 subject to criminal penalties?
Anna Quindlen

The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.
Publilius Syrus

The last thing I would have ever expected to happen to me in my life would be that, in fact, I would be accused of doing something wrong and maybe even something criminal.
Kenneth Lay

The measure would set criminal penalties, the same as those that would apply if harm or death happened to the pregnant woman, for those who harm a fetus.
Ken Calvert

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

The responsibility of a minister is to step aside when there is a criminal investigation of the department. That protects the propriety of Parliament and of responsible government.
Jack Layton

The subject of criminal rehabilitation was debated recently in City Hall. It’s an appropriate place for this kind of discussion because the city has always employed so many ex-cons and future cons.
Mike Royko

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
Erich Fromm

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.
Edsger Dijkstra

The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail… the answer to criminal aggression is retaliation.
Jeff Cooper

There are a lot of messages that need to be sent to the criminal who is out there dealing in this on the streets of the United States. We need to send the message of swiftness and certain punishment.
Bill McCollum

There is a movement to get an international criminal court in the world, voted for by hundreds of states-but with the noticeable absence of the United States of America.
Harold Pinter

There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.
Mark Twain

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I’m not a criminal. The parole board knows I’m not a criminal. The judge knows I’m not a criminal.
Jack Kevorkian

They allow us to disrespect our Black woman. A lot of these things would be considered criminal if it were to be carried out in the streets. That’s like when they tell you after you buy your VHS and you rent movies they tell you not to copy the movies.
Afrika Bambaataa

This is not to condone torture, which is still prohibited by the Torture Convention and federal criminal law.
John Yoo

Thus, anybody who follows this nature and gives way its states will be led into quarrels and conflicts, and go against the conventions and rules of society, and will end up a criminal.
Xun Zi

To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.
Nicolas Cage

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.
Louis D. Brandeis

To the mind, God is a perfect criminal. He has done such a perfect crime by creating this world that mind cannot trace how He did it. That is why the mind always freaks out about God.
Prem Rawat

Today’s difference between Russia and the United States is that in Russia everybody takes everybody else for a spy, and in the United States everybody takes everybody else for a criminal.
Friedrich Durrenmatt

Too much virtue can be criminal.
Jean Racine

Uncle Junior is a criminal, which makes him a villain, so it makes people want to watch him. My whole life as an actor has been preparing for something like this.
Dominic Chianese

We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources.
Janet Napolitano

We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal. We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.
Alfred Adler

We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight – the fight for electoral justice.
Barbara Boxer

We must renew our efforts to keep our communities safe, from the dangers of terrorists from foreign lands and from common criminals here at home. Let no criminal believe that tough fiscal times will yield an open cell door and a ticket to freedom.
Bill Owens

We’ll be launching the new public prosecution service in Northern Ireland tomorrow. I’ll be doing it in Belfast tomorrow. This is an entirely new era, in which criminal justice now exercised on an equal basis, not the old basis in which community division was a feature.
Peter Hain

We’re making it more difficult to obtain the necessary ingredients to produce meth and tightening criminal penalties for those who deal in this dangerous drug.
Michael McCaul

We’ve got fifty people at Gitmo that are too dangerous to be let go that will never go through a normal criminal trial. Let’s create a new legal system, so they’ll have their day in court.
Lindsey Graham

When I was young and we got caught pinching apples, we got a smack from the local policeman. Today if that happened he would be sued. There is a tendency to punish the victim, not the criminal. If someone broke into my house or my mum’s house, I worry that the burglar has more rights than me.
Simon Cowell

When I went off to the army when I was 17 years old, I believed in America and the rights of freedom. But today I believe my government is lying to the American people and that my president, George Bush, is a criminal.
Jack Herer

When the penalty for a policeman’s mistake is to put a criminal back out on the street, then we are hurting America; we are hurting our law-abiding citizens.
Gary Bauer

When you’re a young actor you like to go for characters with a bit of flair, so in many films I ended up playing the weirdos. I can assure you I’m not a psycho or a criminal or a bully.
Kiefer Sutherland

Whether or not we can save Lake Michigan, whether or not we can avoid a breakdown in our criminal justice system are more important than whether or not I’m going to be governor.
Bill Scott

While teaching, I also worked undercover in the lower courts by saying I was a young law teacher wanting experience in criminal law. The judges were happy to assist me but what I learned was how corrupt the lower courts were. Judges were accepting money right in the courtroom.
Samuel Dash

While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
Eugene V. Debs

Who most benefits from keeping marijuana illegal? The greatest beneficiaries are the major criminal organizations in Mexico and elsewhere that earn billions of dollars annually from this illicit trade – and who would rapidly lose their competitive advantage if marijuana were a legal commodity.
George Soros

Yes, for my undergrad I majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Political Science and English.
Matthew McGrory

You have stripped from me the rank and privileges of the professorship and the doctoral degree which I earned, and you have set me at the level of the lowest criminal.
Kurt Huber

You might as well ask why a middle-aged man with no criminal record might put a paper bag over his head and rob a bank. I acted out of personal desperation.
Aldrich Ames

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I'm Carl William Brown a holistic teacher, webmaster, trader, and writer of aphorisms and essays. I have written more than 9,000 original quotes and at present I'm working at my only novel, Fort Attack, which is also a wide and open blog project. I have done a lot of other things as well, both in business, educational, sport and social fields and in 1997 I founded the Daimon Club Organization to promote literature, culture and creativity.
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