Punishment is a sort of medicine.

- Aristotle, c. 340 BC

To live outside the law you must be honest.  

- Bob Dylan, 1966

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

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

- Friedrich Nietzsche, 1898

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

- G.K. Chesterton, 1911

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

- Gore Vidal, 1973

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

- Hannah Arendt, 1963

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

- John Huston, 1950

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

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

- Michel Foucault, 1975

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