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

What man was ever content with one crime?

—Juvenal, c. 125

Man punishes the action, but God the intention.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

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

To live outside the law you must be honest.  

—Bob Dylan, 1966

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

—Michel Foucault, 1975

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

There is no crime without precedent. 

—Seneca the Younger, c. 60

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