Two crimes undid me: a poem and a mistake. 

—Ovid, 10

What man was ever content with one crime?

—Juvenal, c. 125

No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.

—Hannah Arendt, 1963

I’ve got some shit I’m conservative about and some shit I’m liberal about. Crime—I’m conservative. Prostitution—I’m liberal.

—Chris Rock, 2008

The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.

—G.K. Chesterton, 1911

In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.

—Michel Foucault, 1975

The land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

—The Bible

Man punishes the action, but God the intention.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.

—Gore Vidal, 1973

A crowded police court docket is the surest sign that trade is brisk and money plenty.

—Mark Twain, 1872

Punishment is a sort of medicine.

—Aristotle, c. 340 BC

After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.

—John Huston, 1950

There is no crime without precedent. 

—Seneca the Younger, c. 60