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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1911

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

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

Punishment is a sort of medicine.

—Aristotle, c. 340 BC

Man punishes the action, but God the intention.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

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

—The Bible

There is no crime without precedent. 

—Seneca the Younger, c. 60

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

—Napoleon Bonaparte, 1817

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

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

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1898