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

—The Bible

Punishment is a sort of medicine.

—Aristotle, c. 340 BC

The more religious a country is, the more crimes are committed in it.

—Napoleon Bonaparte, 1817

Two crimes undid me: a poem and a mistake. 

—Ovid, 10

There is no crime without precedent. 

—Seneca the Younger, c. 60

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

—Gore Vidal, 1973

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

What man was ever content with one crime?

—Juvenal, c. 125

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

—Mark Twain, 1872

To live outside the law you must be honest.  

—Bob Dylan, 1966

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

—John Huston, 1950

Man punishes the action, but God the intention.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

Our crime against criminals is that we treat them as villains.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1898