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

—Michel Foucault, 1975

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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1911

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

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1898

There is no crime without precedent. 

—Seneca the Younger, c. 60

Man punishes the action, but God the intention.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

What man was ever content with one crime?

—Juvenal, c. 125

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

—Napoleon Bonaparte, 1817

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

—The Bible

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

Two crimes undid me: a poem and a mistake. 

—Ovid, 10

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