Top 731 Crime Quotes

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“Small aim is a crime; have great aim.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Small aim is a crime.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“How accurately can the law fix the crime? There has to be a mechanism for very fast action. The law is like this: catch them and punish them.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“I’m sort of fascinated by the whole espionage crime thing.”

― Aaron Eckhart

“I read a lot of science fiction, but I also mixed it up with a lot of other genres: crime, literary fiction, as well as nonfiction. Author-wise, I’m a fan of Stephen King, Lauren Beukes, Robert McCammon, Raymond Chandler, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Gail Simone, among many others.”

― Adam Christopher

“When the government takes video of people in public places, the images should only be kept as long as they may reasonably be needed to investigate a crime. After a few days, if there has not been a report of a crime, they should be destroyed.”

― Adam Cohen

“White-collar crime has been marketed – billions of dollars have been put in to have us be bored by it.”

― Adam McKay

“You have a guy like Bernie Madoff literally steal $80 billion, you know, AIG steal hundreds of billions, Goldman Sachs. Crime has changed so much, and to really do a movie with, like, drug dealers or drug smugglers is kind of almost quaint at this point.”

― Adam McKay

“You’ve got a guy in a cape and tights running around fighting crime 24-7; this is not normal. But it worked because the kids loved it and the adults laughed with it.”

― Adam West

“The Ned Kelly is definitely the coolest of all the crime fiction awards, and if you think about it, it’s the only one that’s given for an entire continent.”

― Adrian McKinty

“Crime fiction, especially noir and hardboiled, is the literature of the proletariat.”

― Adrian McKinty

“Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime. Either we write new laws or enforce existing ones; we cannot have it both ways.”

― Al Sharpton

“Nothing is more devastating to a community than out-of-control crime.”

― Alan Autry

“There’s no evidence that I’m aware of that guns reduce crime.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“We get the worrywart, the hypochondriac, the money-grubbing miser, the intractable negotiator… Some would say certain of these refer to the stereotypical, or ‘stage’ Jew. But objectively speaking, the only crime in humor is an unfunny joke.”

― Alan King

“Violent crime rates fell steadily from 1993 to 2002, and this nearly coincides with the establishment of the community policing program known as the COPS program under the Clinton administration.”

― Alan Mollohan

“I couldn’t ever write a straight crime novel: there’d be an intrusion of weirdness at some point.”

― Alastair Reynolds

“In crime, I like Ian Rankin and James Lee Burke. As for historical books, I enjoy Bernard Cornwell, Patrick O’Brien, and C. S. Forester – anything with battleships!”

― Alastair Reynolds

“The greatest crime in a Shakespeare play is to murder the king.”

― Alex Cox

“Writing a book is not a crime.”

― Alexander Ahndoril

“Crime does not pay as well as politics.”

― Alfred Newman

“Pete Moffat writes crime conspiracy thrillers so beautifully. He goes places other people wouldn’t; he is fearless.”

― Alistair Petrie

“Stalking is a cruel and incessant crime with often terrifying consequences. Victims can be tormented for years, left too scared to leave their homes and unnerved by the slightest unexpected sound.”

― Amber Rudd

“Modern slavery is a barbaric crime. Each and every case is a both a tragedy and an affront to our values of decency and kindness.”

― Amber Rudd

“Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“The average juror is not Mr. Spock. If he were, then a trial-court judge’s job would be much easier. He could instruct the jury in broad strokes – instructing only as to the bare elements of the crime, perhaps – and be confident that the jury would deduce all of the finer-grained implications that must logically follow.”

― Amul Thapar

“I love cop shows and crime books and thrillers, and before I die I’m gonna play a cop.”

― Amy Sedaris

“Cops and robbers resemble each other, so there’s not a lot to learn in terms of learning the logistics of committing the crime or investigating the crime.”

― Andre Braugher

“The real hate crime these days is the Orwellian intimidation wielded by the Left against those that don’t think the way they do. It’s worse than waterboarding.”

― Andrew Breitbart

“I don’t know whether crime is dictating business or business is dictating crime.”

― Andrew Dominik

“Crime is a job and it’s boring. It’s also unpleasant.”

― Andrew Dominik

“There’s been about 75 movies about Jesse James, and I’ve seen about four of them. He’s usually portrayed as this plucky rebel who’s got no choice but to turn to crime, because the railway’s hassling his mother. But he wasn’t like that.”

― Andrew Dominik

“Regular, everyday working people in my state recognize that communities are going to have crime. They know that. The question is what do communities do about it?”

― Andrew Gillum

“Crime takes the pulse of a culture. It tells us the truth about us as a species.”

― Andrew Vachss

“Anyone who says, ‘Books don’t change anything,’ or – more commonly – that crime fiction is the wrong genre for promoting social change – should take a closer look.”

― Andrew Vachss

“It stands to reason that unloved and unwanted children are going to get into crime.”

― Andrew Young

“Well for one, the 13th amendment to the constitution of the US which abolished slavery – did not abolish slavery for those convicted of a crime.”

― Angela Davis

“Taking the life of another is always a moral crime.”

― Angelo Scola

“My work is less violent because we tend to write what we want to read… and I’m not that interested in gruesome books. Any violence, to fit in well with a crime novel, has to have compassion.”

― Ann Cleeves

“Different cultures have different predilections for different kinds of crime.”

― Ann Coulter

“Traditionally in crime fiction, women exist as a bedroom convenience or to screw up in order that the plot may progress. I wanted no part of that.”

― Ann Maxwell

“’Avatar’ imaginatively revisits the crime scene of white America’s foundational act of genocide, in which entire native tribes and civilizations were wiped out by European immigrants to the American continent.”

― Annalee Newitz

“I usually get up not before 9. I have a huge library – I’m a big fan of Scandinavian crime fiction – so I’ll usually take a book and go off to one of my favorite bistros for a cappuccino or espresso or maybe I’ll have some lovely smoked salmon for breakfast.”

― Anthony Geary

“Growing old’s like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.”

― Anthony Powell

“My only crime was being born black – or being born black in Alabama.”

― Anthony Ray Hinton

“I spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime I did not commit.”

― Anthony Ray Hinton

“I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.”

― Antonia Fraser

“If you are sentenced to torture for a crime, yes, that is a cruel punishment. But the mere fact that somebody is tortured is – is unlawful under – under our statutes, but the Constitution happens not to address it, just as it does not address a lot of other horrible things.”

― Antonin Scalia

“If you condemn someone who has committed a crime to be tortured, that would be unconstitutional.”

― Antonin Scalia

“The British bombing of Caen beginning on D-Day in particular was stupid, counter-productive and above all very close to a war crime.”

― Antony Beevor

“It was no mystery why Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold had singled me out as a prime prospect for their heinous crime. My grandfather, Julius Rosenwald, was the chairman of the board of Sears, Roebuck and Co. His prominence made me an ideal choice.”

― Armand Deutsch

“The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.”

― Arthur Conan Doyle

“I read ‘Crime and Punishment’ years ago and don’t recall the details of it, but I do retain a strong sense of the creeping paranoia and panic.”

― Arthur Smith

“It is not a crime nor an impeachable offense to engage in inappropriate personal conduct; nor is it a crime to obstruct or conceal an embarrassing relationship.”

― Asa Hutchinson

“Because you’re a crime writer you’re asked to have a point of view on a lot of things, and I’m uncomfortable having public opinions on things that are not my professional area.”

― Asa Larsson

“Writing is possibly an art, but crime writing is definitely a craft.”

― Ashwin Sanghi

“Crime takes place in every country. But it becomes abuse when the state is unwilling and unable to protect the life and honour of its citizens.”

― Asma Jahangir

“A man who dies, no matter how terrible his crime was, must be brought to burial.”

― Ayman Odeh

“I developed ‘Trapped’ because I was fascinated with the idea of a terrible crime in a small town cut off from the rest of the world.”

― Baltasar Kormakur

“In a free world there is, alas, more common crime than in a dictatorial system.”

― Barbara Amiel

“The United States and Mexico are trapped – economically, culturally, politically and because of drug crime – in the same continent.”

― Barry McCaffrey

“There is no question that chemical weapons attacks are a heinous abuse of humanity and power. But to assume that military strikes are an effective retribution for the crime committed is wrong.”

― Basmah bint Saud

“Identity theft is a serious crime that affects millions of Americans each year.”

― Ben Bernanke

“Many foreclosed homes are neglected or abandoned, as legal proceedings or other factors delay their resale. Deteriorating or vacant properties can, in turn, directly affect the quality of life in a neighborhood, for example, by leading to increases in vandalism or crime.”

― Ben Bernanke

“The government in Havana is best understood as a cross between violent left-wing radicals and organized crime.”

― Ben Domenech

“In Britain, where the social safety net is more like a social swaddling cloth, crime rates other than murder are significantly higher than in the United States.”

― Ben Shapiro

“The message has to be sent that if you commit a crime there has to be punishment.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“Society secretly delights in crime, excesses, and violated prohibitions of all sorts.”

― Bernard Tschumi

“The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.”

― Bess Myerson

“In fact, if you have a crime committed against you, and you go to have hypnosis, you can’t testify. Because there’s no way to test what is real, what’s fact, what’s fantasy.”

― Betty Hill

“We are not supposed to go out and kill all those we suspect to have committed a crime.”

― Bianca Jagger

“The Manhattan district attorney has closed the well-publicized investigation of the handling of the $300 million fortune of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark – without charging anyone with a crime.”

― Bill Dedman

“Many police departments still use DNA evidence the way they have used fingerprints and tire tracks: to determine whether a suspect committed the crime.”

― Bill Dedman

“In a crime story, the details become tremendously important – where the staircase was in relation to the bed, for example.”

― Bill James

“The business of popularizing crime is how we expose the faults in our justice system. It’s how we expose police misconduct.”

― Bill James

“Famous crime stories almost always lead to the passing of new laws.”

― Bill James

“Crime stories show us the part of people’s lives they try to keep hidden.”

― Bill James

“Crime cases tend to be fascinating until you figure out what happened.”

― Bill James

“I was concerned about the link between crime and politics, and I figured out the only way I could do something about it was to get into politics.”

― Bill Scott

“Stopping crime before it occurs is the most effective crime fighting tool of all.”

― Blanche Lincoln

“Here are the ingredients of a tragedy: untreated mental illness, a society where life is cheap and crime is glamorized, and a ready supply of firearms.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“Bigamy is the only crime where two rites make a wrong.”

― Bob Hope

“The death penalty is discriminatory and does not do anything about crime.”

― Bobby Scott

“We can play politics, or we can reduce crime.”

― Bobby Scott

“Inventing sources is not a crime in and of itself, although it certainly violates every code of journalistic ethics known to man. A criminal fraud case would require that the reporter’s deceit had been malicious and resulted in financial gain.”

― Brendan I. Koerner

“To make a 53-man roster would be a huge accomplishment – right up there with getting exonerated for a crime I didn’t commit.”

― Brian Banks

“I think I’ve committed the one really bad English crime, which is I’ve risen above my station. I was supposed to be a pop star, and suddenly I’m claiming that I’m an artist of some kind.”

― Brian Eno

“What was always interesting about Thomas Harris’ books is they were a wonderful hybridization of a crime thriller and a horror movie.”

― Bryan Fuller

“In the decades since my youth, I’ve witnessed the explosion of fatherless families and an exponential increase in illiteracy and crime.”

― Burgess Owens

“The pace of Swedish crime fiction is slower – Stieg Larsson’s the exception. And I think we use the environment more.”

― Camilla Lackberg

“It’s not a crime to make a mistake; in fact, it’s human. I certainly have made mistakes.”

― Carl Hart

“If we were going to look at how pharmalogical drugs influence crime, we should probably look at alcohol.”

― Carl Hart

“War of aggression, war which does not imply defense of one’s country, is a collective crime.”

― Carlos Saavedra Lamas

“If we were really tough on crime, we’d do more to stop it from happening in the first place.”

― Carrie P. Meek

“We’ve got to stop focusing solely on the symptoms of crime, and start caring about the causes as well.”

― Carrie P. Meek

“Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill – spending billions of dollars to build more prisons, to place more band-aids on society’s scars.”

― Carrie P. Meek

“Perhaps the world’s second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.”

― Cecil Beaton

“There are a lot of stats and a strong correlation between dropout rates and crime as well as poverty.”

― Cedric Richmond

“I don’t have a college degree. I started working at 19 on a tiny newspaper. I’ve covered everything from weddings to crime to criminal weddings.”

― Celia Rivenbark

“All sin and all crime comes from the same thing: ‘I decided. I decided this was okay.’”

― Chael Sonnen

“Being gay is not a crime.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“If we believe in our current penal process, then the penalties imposed by judges and juries should be the only sanctions for one’s crime, not the invisible sanctions of the legislature.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“The world has placed chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in a separate category because their use constitutes a crime against all humanity.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“The danger chiefly lies in acting well; no crime’s so great as daring to excel.”

― Charles Churchill

“War should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals.”

― Charles Evans Hughes

“What too few people mention when discussing crime is the degree to which concentrated poverty, hopelessness and despair are the chambermaids of violence and incivility.”

― Charles M. Blow

“Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.”

― Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

“What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.”

― Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

“Our information network is much better protected than our railroad network, and someone who cracks a system is able to cause far less human damage than someone who derails a train. Why, then, has ‘computer crime’ caused so much hysteria? Perhaps because the public is so willing – eager, even – to be scared by bogeymen.”

― Charles Platt

“In a colony constituted like that of New South Wales, the proportion of crime must of course be great.”

― Charles Sturt

“The murder of John Kennedy in broad daylight in the streets of an American city remains, to me, an unsolved crime.”

― Charlie Pierce

“I got on a Dostoyevsky kick right after college. I started with ‘Crime and Punishment,’ went on to ‘The Possessed’ and then ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ and ‘The Idiot.’”

― Charlie Trotter

“If a superhero is a community superhero, then is he going to protect his community by controlling everything? If he decides to control crime, does that make him a crime boss? Does that make him a criminal?”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“’Clockers’ – as much as it is a very focused crime drama, it sprawls.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“There’s zero evidence, empirical or anecdotal, that more guns leads to less gun crime.”

― Chris Murphy

“For instance, why are we terrorizing this country, leading with murder and mayhem, when crime is actually on the decline, as somebody, as somebody mentioned?”

― Christiane Amanpour

“All I can really say is it’s bloodier than hell. In this one I’m going to be much more direct and honest in my description of the actual killings and the crime scene.”

― Christopher Darden

“The queen of crime, Agatha Christie, was always more concerned about the clockwork cleverness of the plot, never the investigator.”

― Christopher Fowler

“To me, the ultimate crime in an adaptation is the crime of reverence. A novel is one form of media, a screenplay is another, and a movie is yet another. There’s even reverence to a screenplay.”

― Christopher McQuarrie

“There’s no worse crime in journalism these days than simply deciding something’s a story because Drudge links to it.”

― Chuck Todd

“But in my district I have heard from law enforcement officials and across the State of Florida about how much this JAG funding helps them fight crime, and to protect and serve the citizens within their jurisdiction.”

― Cliff Stearns

“Since 1994, unemployment rates are lower. Median household income is higher. A greater percentage of Americans are graduating from college. Home ownership rates are higher. And the violent crime rate has decreased.”

― Cliff Stearns

“I’ve always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It’s the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one.”

― Clint Eastwood

“I think ‘Dirty Harry’ was probably sensitive toward the victims of violent crime.”

― Clint Eastwood

“If somebody is here illegally, and they commit a crime, chances are they’re going to commit another one. So let’s get rid of them.”

― Corey Stewart

“Here are the facts: In 2007, I led Prince William County in adopting a policy of (1) inquiring into the immigration status of every person arrested for a crime; and (2) implementing the federal 287(g) program, which deputizes County Jail officers to determine the immigration status of every inmate.”

― Corey Stewart

“The punishment should fit the crime and if a doctor or drug company does harm knowingly or negligently to a patient they should be compensated to make them whole.”

― Corrine Brown

“We need to look at the totality of the things that we’re labeling as violent and really examine whether we need to have some more proportionality in terms of the punishment fitting the crime that’s done. The bright line that we have right now, between violent and nonviolent, does not account for shades of gray.”

― Cory Booker

“Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.”

― Cyril Connolly

“Technology has changed things, same as everywhere. But the economy has changed drastically. When Jamaica first won independence, our dollar was stronger than the U.S. dollar. Now ours is about 90 to one. That’s had a big impact on crime and poverty.”

― Damian Marley

“When an accident or a crime happens, there’s a period of time before the yellow tape goes up, before the official response becomes formalized. That allows the nightcrawlers to get very close.”

― Dan Gilroy

“The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.”

― Daniel J. Boorstin

“There’s an overlap between social-realist fiction and crime fiction – a sweet spot there.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“I just really like the verve and muscle of good crime fiction, the narrative punch of it. The underlying principle of good crime fiction is an insistence on a kind of root democracy. I’ve always responded to that notion.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“Just because it’s got a gun doesn’t make it a crime novel, and just because there’s a horse doesn’t make it a western.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.”

― David Dinkins

“I’m not a post-modernist. Especially when I do crime stories.”

― David Grann

“Crime stories are often sensationalized. They can provoke lower standards.”

― David Grann

“I’m a nut for these ‘crime reality’ shows. Things like ‘Forensic Files,’ ‘Forensic Detectives.’”

― David Harewood

“In the world of crime novels, the annual Audible Sounds of Crime awards are a pretty big deal, and I was thrilled to be shortlisted for my fifth novel in my bestselling Nic Costa series.”

― David Hewson

“Any society where it’s a crime or a hassle to be different is a society based on psychological fascism.”

― David Icke

“I was so obsessed by Lisbeth Salander and all the characters, but of course if you’re going to write a crime novel worthy of Stieg Larsson, you need a plot, don’t you?”

― David Lagercrantz

“Kickback is a police thriller which I wrote. I’m very proud of it. I did it in two parts for France because when I wrote it, there wasn’t the audience demand for crime stuff that there is now.”

― David Lloyd

“Roll back the clock, and every possession of every great country started with a crime.”

― David Mamet

“Foreign policy is inseparable from domestic policy now. Is terrorism foreign policy or domestic policy? It’s both. It’s the same with crime, with the economy, climate change.”

― David Miliband

“To tell an ally – who is shedding blood next to you – that you can’t share information is a crime.”

― David Warner

“Repentance is a sweet solace to conscience as well as the most complete atonement to the Supreme Judge of our offenses; notwithstanding, the tongue of malevolence and scurrility may be continually preparing its most poisonous ingredients for the punishment of a crime, which has already received more than half a pardon.”

― Deborah Sampson

“I would have to commit a crime and have cops chase me. That would be the only way to get me to jog five miles.”

― Denis Leary

“There’s a real emphasis on being witty in Scotland, even in crime novels.”

― Denise Mina

“I’d read so much right-wing crime fiction where they find the evidence and shoot the bad guy – I thought there must be another approach.”

― Denise Mina

“People are interested in crime fiction when they’re quite distanced from crime. People in Darfur are not reading murder mysteries.”

― Denise Mina

“Crime fiction is the fiction of social history. Societies get the crimes they deserve.”

― Denise Mina

“He who allows oppression shares the crime.”

― Desiderius Erasmus

“I see no kind of reason to not just try everything. I mean, I feel like we all have such varied tastes, and to not just try our tastes is a crime.”

― Dev Hynes

“Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue.”

― Diane Abbott

“After I outlined ‘Catering to Nobody,’ I went and worked for a caterer. And the other thing I had to do was to talk to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department about how they investigated a crime.”

― Diane Mott Davidson

“In a mystery, the sleuth must be believably involved and emotionally invested in solving the crime.”

― Diane Mott Davidson

“My liking for Scandinavian crime fiction led me into exploring literary writers from the same countries.”

― Diane Setterfield

“We must institute reasonable, common-sense limits, such as barring those with a history of mental instability, those with a history of violent crime or adjudged dangerous and subject to restraining orders, and those whose names have been placed on a terrorist watch list from owning weapons.”

― Dick Durbin

“Sometimes I find some movies patronizing, which I feel is the ultimate crime.”

― Dito Montiel

“I was very influenced by films and books like ‘Serpico,’ ‘The French Connection,’ and ‘Prince of the City.’ They were some of the reasons I became a crime writer.”

― Don Winslow

“So much of contemporary crime fiction is painful to read and obsessed with violence, particularly against women, and I can’t read that.”

― Donna Leon

“Society during the last hundred years has been alternately perplexed and encouraged respecting the two great questions: how shall the criminal and pauper be disposed of in order to reduce crime and reform the criminal on the one hand and, on the other, to diminish pauperism and restore the pauper to useful citizenship?”

― Dorothea Dix

“Indulged habits of dependence create habits of indolence, and indolence opens the portal to petty errors, to many degrading habits, and to vice and crime with their attendant train of miseries.”

― Dorothea Dix

“Our officers are on the front lines – the first to show up on the scene of a crime. They should be respected; not ridiculed. They and their families protected; not put at risk.”

― Doug Ducey

“Cellphones have, if nothing else, turned TV crime writers into lazy sloths.”

― Douglas Coupland

“A lapse in judgment is not a crime.”

― Eddie Perez

“If you have ever driven around London and seen the amount of one way systems… they basically rubbed out all car chase crime. In fact, if you get bank robberies in the U.K., they’re using scooters.”

― Edgar Wright

“I fear the carnival of crime is beginning on our border.”

― Edward Blake

“Success in crime always invites to worse deeds.”

― Edward Coke

“To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life.”

― Egon Schiele

“In researching ‘The Luminaries,’ I did read quite a lot of 20th-century crime. My favourites out of that were James M. Cain, Dassiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith.”

― Eleanor Catton

“When I was writing ‘The Luminaries,’ I read a lot of crime novels because I wanted to figure out which ones made me go, ‘Ah! I didn’t know that was coming!’”

― Eleanor Catton

“Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.”

― Elizabeth Fry

“The real crime of Hosni Mubarak is that he ruled for 30 years and left behind an Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood is the single strongest player.”

― Elliott Abrams

“Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.”

― Emil Cioran

“If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices.”

― Emil Cioran

“I read all the Agatha Christies when I was younger and like Sherlock Holmes. Crime fiction has always fascinated me, but I’ll read anything anyone gives me.”

― Emilia Fox

“Crime is naught but misdirected energy.”

― Emma Goldman

“I’ve been surprised that ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ has been so well received as a crime book. I love mystery stories, and that is what I decided to write.”

― Emma Healey

“Knife crime and gun crime is poverty-driven, and poverty leads to insecurity.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Murder is not the crime of criminals, but that of law-abiding citizens.”

― Emmanuel Teney

“I’ve just done a film in the United States. It’s a thriller called ‘A Crime’, with Harvey Keitel, we play against each other, and it’s so great to play in another language. But I’m definitely not American.”

― Emmanuelle Beart

“Window-breaking, when Englishmen do it, is regarded as honest expression of political opinion. Window-breaking, when Englishwomen do it, is treated as a crime.”

― Emmeline Pankhurst

“What Mexico City cannot do and my country cannot do is to allow us to be intimidated, the authorities to be intimidated, by organized crime.”

― Enrique Pena Nieto

“I think money laundering is giving oxygen to organized crime.”

― Enrique Pena Nieto

“Behind every crime is a story of sadness.”

― Enrique Pena Nieto

“If you want to cut crime, if you want to end homelessness, you have to deal with sexual violence, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.”

― Eric Garcetti

“One of the things I learned is that you’ve got to deal with the underlying social problems if you want to have an impact on crime – that it’s not a coincidence that you see the greatest amount of violent crime where you see the greatest amount of social dysfunction.”

― Eric Holder

“Abandoned homes become magnets for vandalism and crime. They drag down the property values of neighboring homes.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“I’m going to go after crime and corruption wherever it is. But I did focus particularly on the need to restore public confidence in essential institutions of both the public and private sector.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“My actual statement during the campaign was I want to be the sheriff of Wall Street, Albany and Main Street. I’m going to go after crime and corruption, wherever it is.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“The Internal Revenue Service is more ruthless than the Gestapo. Abolish the IRS! Stamp out organized crime!”

― Evel Knievel

“Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.”

― Evelyn Waugh

“Surveillance cameras might reduce crime – even though the evidence here is mixed – but no studies show that they result in greater happiness of everyone involved.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“It is a fundamental principle of criminal law that an imputed offense must correspond exactly to the type of crime described by law. If no law applies exactly to the point in question, then there is no offense.”

― Fidel Castro

“I can’t think whether I’ve actually interviewed the widow of a crime suspect. Obviously, I’ve interviewed members of the families of people who’ve been accused of things.”

― Fiona Barton

“The only crime I’m guilty of is being a young black woman.”

― Foxy Brown

“Our party’s committed to tackling failing schools and cutting crime.”

― Francis Maude

“At the FBI, very rarely do they investigate crime under $100,000.”

― Frank Abagnale

“What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today. Technology breeds crime.”

― Frank Abagnale

“Mostly, cybercriminals are motivated to commit crime for financial gain.”

― Frank Abagnale

“In all the years I’ve taught at the FBI Academy, I’ve only seen crime get easier, faster, and harder to detect.”

― Frank Abagnale

“Almost any fault, sin or crime is considered more leniently if there’s a touch of class involved.”

― Frank Abagnale

“Where I grew up, in New Jersey, there was a lot of organised crime activity. It was a part of life.”

― Frankie Valli

“Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.”

― Freda Adler

“Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.”

― Freda Adler

“But what sin is to the moralist and crime to the jurist so to the scientific man is ignorance.”

― Frederick Soddy

“Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.”

― Friedrich Engels

“Obviously crime pays, or there’d be no crime.”

― G. Gordon Liddy

“Delaying and withholding tactics, red herrings, partial and doubtful outcomes are stock in trade for fiction writers, especially crime writers.”

― Garry Disher

“A good writer can set a thriller anywhere and make it convincing: the trick is to evoke the setting in such a way that it highlights the crime or unsettles the reader.”

― Garry Disher

“Some on the Left can be very selective about the kinds of violence they oppose. For some of them, gun violence is a crime to be decried – unless it is committed by an ‘aggrieved’ victim against what they consider a corrupt institution.”

― Gary Bauer

“Any movement at all that reduces disease, that reduces overdoses, that reduces property crime, that reduces violent crime, is good.”

― Gary Johnson

“By bringing about a rational drug policy, we’d be freeing up a lot of resources for real crime. Drug disputes would get played out with courts rather than with guns. So it would make this country a much better place overnight.”

― Gary Johnson

“The brutality that can take place in a crime film heightens the tenderness that can also be there.”

― Geoffrey S. Fletcher

“I love so many different genres. I love crime films – and unusual coming-of-age pieces.”

― Geoffrey S. Fletcher

“The seasons come up undisturbed by crime and war.”

― George A. Smith

“Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.”

― George Farquhar

“It is hardly fair to accuse us of ignorance when it was made a crime under the former order of things to learn enough about letters to even read the Word of God.”

― George H. White

“The Internet has made us richer, freer, connected and informed in ways its founders could not have dreamt of. It has also become a vector of attack, espionage, crime and harm.”

― George Osborne

“Sometimes I think ‘The Wire’ said it all, and I might as well not write any more crime novels.”

― George Pelecanos

“I’m proudly a crime writer, but it would be really inaccurate to call me a mystery writer.”

― George Pelecanos

“Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will or no.”

― George Savile

“Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.”

― George Wald

“Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.”

― Georges Bataille

“As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.”

― Georges Bizet

“In Kenya, crime and terrorism are deeply linked, not least by the failure of successive Kenyan governments to control either.”

― Giles Foden

“My interest is in turning over a rock and seeing what’s underneath. It’s a personality trait more than anything; it’s what made me want to become a crime reporter, even though I was not suited for it personality-wise.”

― Gillian Flynn

“The best crime reporters don’t mind charging in – but they also know how to do it as decent human beings.”

― Gillian Flynn

“What made Guantanamo such a travesty – and what still makes it such – is that it is a system of indefinite detention whereby human beings are put in cages for years and years without ever being charged with a crime.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“I am falsely accused, without proof, of using my position for personal profit. Many who accuse me have lifestyles and spending habits that make them walking proofs of that crime.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“Nothing will deter crime but the certainty of punishment.”

― Grace Poe

“Reactive and proactive policing are both necessary. Still, we need to lower expectations that such efforts can ever be responsive to crime.”

― Greg Boyle

“We are among the handful of countries that has difficulty distinguishing juveniles from adults where crime is concerned. We are convinced that if a child commits an adult crime, that kid is magically transformed into an adult. Consequently, we try juveniles as adults.”

― Greg Boyle

“We can’t get at crime unless we know what language it speaks. Otherwise, we are just suppressing the cough, not curing the disease.”

― Greg Boyle

“The judge said I was a menace to society because I had put crime on a scientific basis.”

― Gregory Corso

“I’ve been to Delhi, Madras, Bangalore and a lot of other cities, but I have never seen a crime set-up like that in Bombay.”

― Gregory David Roberts

“Crime is stupid, lazy and weak. You can only exploit it and make money out of it.”

― Gregory David Roberts

“How do we prevent Iran developing an atomic bomb, when, on the American side, dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki is not recognised as a war crime?”

― Gunter Grass

“Many low-income people in the U.S.A. charged with a crime opt to plead guilty to a lesser offence because they cannot afford to go to trial.”

― Guy Standing

“The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.”

― H. L. Mencken

“There are 195 crime books published in Sweden every year. You could cut that to 100 and keep the good ones.”

― Hakan Nesser

“If you want to start reading Swedish crime fiction, you have to start with Sjowall and Wahloo.”

― Hakan Nesser

“Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”

― Hannah Arendt

“Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.”

― Hannah Arendt

“I’m the Jerry Lewis of crime fiction.”

― Harlan Coben

“That’s what a good crime novelist – any good novelist – should do with you: play with your perceptions while showing you everything in plain sight.”

― Harlan Coben

“The prisoner is not the one who has commited a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.”

― Henry Miller

“It should never be a crime to be gay.”

― Hillary Clinton

“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.”

― Honore de Balzac

“We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.”

― Horace

“I wish to note that intellectual property theft by a government represents the very essence of organized crime.”

― Howard Berman

“To let politics become a cesspool, and then avoid it because it is a cesspool, is a double crime.”

― Howard Crosby

“About 25 years ago, I started out as a reporter covering politics. And that sort of just evolved into organized crime, because organized crime and politics were the same thing in Boston.”

― Howie Carr

“Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“’Murder in the First’ takes 12 episodes to explore the crime and the issues surrounding it, all in the hopes of answering the question, ‘How did we get to this point?’”

― Ian Anthony Dale

“I wrote ‘Knots and Crosses,’ the first of the Rebus books, not even realising that I was writing crime fiction.”

― Ian Rankin

“I think there’s a lot of naivete and hubris within our mix of personalities. That’s probably our worst crime. I keep wondering what a ‘mature’ record means.”

― Ian Williams

“Our country’s national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob.”

― Ida B. Wells

“The negro has suffered far more from the commission of this crime against the women of his race by white men than the white race has ever suffered through his crimes.”

― Ida B. Wells

“Continuous persecution of widows and orphans is a crime. Even the Bible says there is a specific place in hell for those who oppress widows.”

― Imelda Marcos

“Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.”

― Imre Lakatos

“I was always obsessed with crime, crime shows, anything to do with unsolved cold cases.”

― India Eisley

“Buying a matching blouse and skirt from the same store is a crime. A clever mix of chic and cheap hits the jackpot. Know how to mix styles and labels.”

― Ines de La Fressange

“To make crime unprofitable, let the government run it.”

― Irene Peter

“All is extremely genteel; and there is almost as much repose as in the golden saloons of the contiguous palaces. At any rate, if there be as much vice, there is as little crime.”

― Isaac D’Israeli

“The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair.”

― J. Edgar Hoover

“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”

― Jack Kerouac

“This could never be a crime in any society which deems himself enlightened.”

― Jack Kevorkian

“If movies are causing moral decay, then crime ought to be going up, but crime is going down.”

― Jack Valenti

“It is obviously sensible the crossing of a border ought not to protect a criminal from the consequences of his crime.”

― Jacob Rees-Mogg

“The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers.”

― Jacques Barzun

“The rise of computer crime and armed robbery has not eliminated the lure of caged cash.”

― James Chiles

“Organized crime is the dirty side of the sharp dollar.”

― James Chiles

“An element of virtually every national security threat and crime problem the FBI faces is cyber-based or facilitated. We face sophisticated cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, organized cyber syndicates, and terrorists.”

― James Comey

“The private sector is the key player in cyber security. Private sector companies are the primary victims of cyber intrusions. And they also possess the information, the expertise, and the knowledge to address cyber intrusions and cyber crime in general.”

― James Comey

“Folks who think organised crime is a thing of the past are only kidding themselves.”

― James Comey

“Anybody who doesn’t know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.”

― James Ellroy

“Mass incarceration and its never-ending human toll will be with us until we come to see that no crime justifies permanent civic death.”

― James Forman, Jr.

“Perhaps our imagination needs crime stories to fulfill some craving we have, as a way to assuage a darkness in ourselves.”

― James Nesbitt

“Crime is the price society pays for abandoning character.”

― James Q. Wilson

“I believe that the high rates of property crime (and some of the increase in violent crime) are part of the price you pay for freedom.”

― James Q. Wilson

“Not failure, but low aim, is crime.”

― James Russell Lowell

“Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.”

― James Russell Lowell

“Moviegoers love the intricacies of a crime all the more when it’s for a good cause.”

― James Surowiecki

“Where previously the international underworld was a world of local, often-warring mafia territories, it has become globalised. The criminal has become corporate, and the corporate has become criminal. Organised crime has become very organised indeed.”

― James Watkins

“In the housing projects, people talked of ways to reduce crime, relieve overcrowding, and they were good ideas that we plan to study, and possibly implement.”

― Jane Byrne

“I had done 12 little romance books, and I decided I wanted to move into crime fiction.”

― Janet Evanovich

“Crime novelists do really well with Los Angeles.”

― Janet Fitch

“We’ve got to make sure that the young, violent, serious juvenile offender is punished, that it’s fair punishment, that it’s punishment that fits the crime and that is understood and that is anticipated and expected.”

― Janet Reno

“I’m vitally interested in cyber crime and in preparing law enforcement for a time when crime is international in its origins and its consequences.”

― Janet Reno

“By definition, transnational crime crosses borders, but efforts to combat it mostly do not.”

― Jared Cohen

“Obstruction of Congress in our work is a crime.”

― Jason Chaffetz

“I like crime thrillers. I like heist movies.”

― Jason Statham

“The Washington Bullets are changing their name. They don’t want their team to be associated with crime. From now on, they’ll just be known as the Bullets.”

― Jay Leno

“I love Britain. I’d like to work there. Maybe a BBC crime show; I love those. A thriller would be something different.”

― Jayma Mays

“Perhaps the world’s second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.”

― Jean Baudrillard

“The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit a crime.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“Members of the FBI and the Department of Justice – some of whom ended up on Bob Mueller’s team to prosecute Donald Trump – did everything they could to exonerate Hillary Clinton for her crimes and incriminate Donald Trump with a non-existent crime.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“I think it’s common sense to say that the longer away from a crime it gets prosecuted, the less deterrent effect there is.”

― Jed S. Rakoff

“It’s been said that Generation X should get a life. Well, in ‘Bottle Rocket,’ they get a life of crime. Or at least try.”

― Jeff Giles

“Comedians second-guessing themselves is scary. Poor taste is not a crime and we can’t forget that.”

― Jeff Ross

“Of course, I write crime stories, and I have to describe violence and the aftermath of violence.”

― Jeffery Deaver

“Make it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime.”

― Jerry Weller

“We crime novelists have a great pulpit. We write about justice and about correcting injustice.”

― Jesse Kellerman

“A crime is a crime, regardless of what collar you wear.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I hadn’t realized until I covered the police beat just how seedy crime is.”

― Jessica Savitch

“The Holocaust of Nazi Germany is certainly no less of a historic crime than the Holocaust that went on for centuries against African-Americans. That process of reparations, and a truth and reconciliation discussion, was extremely helpful in the country of Germany, and we need to have that here.”

― Jill Stein

“The Crime Victims Fund is distributed to service providers who assist millions of crime victims annually throughout our communities in a host of ways. It is paid for by fines levied on criminals, not taxpayers.”

― Jim Costa

“There are some terrorist organizations, there are some organized crime organizations, that launder money through charities and make donations to charities. That’s not the purpose of charitable donations in Canada, so we’re becoming increasingly strict on the subject.”

― Jim Flaherty

“In my home State of Minnesota, I have seen firsthand the importance of Byrne grants to local police in reducing crime and drugs and improving public safety.”

― Jim Ramstad

“Very little other than Elmore Leonard’s crime writing inspiring me on my Batman run.”

― Jim Starlin

“Many Scandinavian writers who had made their name in literary fiction felt they wanted to have a go at the crime novel to show they could compete with the best. If Salman Rushdie had been Norwegian, he would definitely have written at least one thriller.”

― Jo Nesbo

“Ever since the ’70s, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo were the godfathers of Scandinavian crime. They broke the crime novel in Scandinavia from the kiosks and into the serious bookstores.”

― Jo Nesbo

“I feel more related to some American crime writers than I do to Stieg Larsson.”

― Jo Nesbo

“There was one ‘crime’ during the whole time I was at school, when a fountain pen went missing. Stealing just didn’t happen. I was taught not to shoplift, not to steal, not to behave badly. We weren’t even allowed to drop litter.”

― Joanna Lumley

“If I’m at the front line and refuse to treat a patient, it’s considered a crime. As a physician, this is my oath. I’m going to treat everyone regardless.”

― Joanne Liu

“We’re carrying out a real crusade against corruption and impunity with a focus on white-collar crime.”

― Joao Lourenco

“It’s not a crime to get drunk.”

― Joe Bob Briggs

“I was well under the spell of the old Gold Medal Crime novels when I wrote ‘Savage Season,’ and I wanted to write a modern version of that. I had tried the same thing with ‘Cold in July,’ and I wanted to give it another go.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“We grew up on Scorsese and Coppola and ’70s crime thrillers.”

― Joe Russo

“There’s definitely a fascination with crime stories and stories of characters acting out against authority.”

― Joel Edgerton

“That is why I come forward tonight without any political label, without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you: a crime is being committed against civilization.”

― John Amery

“The way the terrorist is trained to operate, especially the suicide terrorists, makes punishment and the threat of punishment far less valuable to those who would prevent the crime.”

― John Ashcroft

“It doesn’t help to wait until something happens and then prosecute the offenders, especially if it’s the idea of the offender to extinguish himself in the commission of the crime.”

― John Ashcroft

“With the crime novels, it’s delightful to have protagonists I can revisit in book after book. It’s like having a fictitious family.”

― John Banville

“With crime fiction, you have to write a half-dozen before they catch on.”

― John Banville

“Most crime fiction, no matter how ‘hard-boiled’ or bloodily forensic, is essentially sentimental, for most crime writers are disappointed romantics.”

― John Banville

“Carrying a concealed weapon is a sign of self-defense, self-protection, and I think it lowers crime.”

― John Barrasso

“There is a very conservative element of crime writers that don’t recognise what I do is crime fiction.”

― John Connolly

“I have, at times, not been totally on the same page as some of my previous partners in crime.”

― John Corabi

“The consequences of a crime should not be out of proportion to the crime itself.”

― John F. Kerry

“Anyone can be falsely accused of a crime. Everyone accused of a crime deserves a fair trial.”

― John Garamendi

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

― John Huston

“In the U.S., it is a crime to lie to a federal agent, and it’s often this that sends people to jail over financial matters.”

― John Lanchester

“I always felt that rap didn’t cause crime; it just reflected it.”

― John Legend

“Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.”

― John Morley

“U.S. computer networks and databases are under daily cyber attack by nation states, international crime organizations, subnational groups, and individual hackers.”

― John O. Brennan

“Authority can be faked. That’s why impersonating a police officer is a crime. Sometimes the outward appearances of authority can be deceiving.”

― John Ortberg

“Srebrenica was a horrendous war crime and it had to be uncovered.”

― John Pomfret

“Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.”

― John Ruskin

“They don’t have a lot of crime in the countryside other than theft. But every once in a while, things turn ugly, and when they turn ugly, they turn very ugly.”

― John Sandford

“When I was reporting crime… I never had the sense of clockwork conspiracies or some kind of imposing order of evil. What I sensed was things just sort of falling apart.”

― John Sandford

“That’s my sense of how crime works: that it’s not any kind of calculated evil driven by the devil, but just control disintegrating.”

― John Sandford

“Child abuse is a heinous and personally damaging crime; it is therefore incumbent on the Church to treat such matters with the utmost seriousness.”

― John Sentamu

“Under current law, there is no additional penalty for someone who enters the United States illegally and then commits either a crime of violence or a drug trafficking offense. They simply come under the same penalty as we have in current law.”

― John Shadegg

“’Crime Story’ was where I learned that I needed to get to know every crew member: what they did and what their names were and who their families were and whatever things they would give me.”

― Jon Polito

“The fact that a crime might have been committed with impunity in the past may make it seem more familiar and less gruesome, but surely does not give it any greater legitimacy.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“I love crime procedurals. I always have. I love cop shows.”

― Jonathan Nolan

“It may be impossible to have a revolution without crimes but that does not make revolution a crime.”

― Jose Bergamin

“People must realize that a crime motivated by racial or ethnic prejudice against one group is a crime against all of us.”

― Jose Serrano

“In terms of justice, the most important thing is not to be part of organized crime.”

― Josefina Vazquez Mota

“Anyone who regards poetry as an entertainment, as a ‘read,’ commits an anthropological crime, in the first place against himself.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“Dullness is the only crime for which an editor ought to be hung.”

― Josephus Daniels

“If you commit a crime, you maybe have to be haunted.”

― Judy Sheindlin

“I’d just love to have another TV series. I’ll be the assistant D.A. on some crime show.”

― Julie White

“You know that murder is wicked. If you saw your master kill a man, do you suppose this would be any excuse for you, if you should commit the same crime?”

― Jupiter Hammon

“The difference between political terror and ordinary crime becomes clear during the change of regimes, in which former terrorists become well-regarded representatives of their country.”

― Jurgen Habermas

“I cannot imagine a context that would some day, in some manner, make the monstrous crime of September 11 an understandable or comprehensible political act.”

― Jurgen Habermas

“This is the strange thing about South Africa – for all its corruption and crime, it seems to offer a stimulating sense that anything is possible.”

― Justin Cartwright

“I believe that a child going without an education is a crime.”

― Kamala Harris

“To be smart on crime, we should not be in a position of constantly reacting to crime after it happens. We should be looking at preventing crime before it happens.”

― Kamala Harris

“’Getting smart on crime’ does not mean reducing sentences or punishments for crimes.”

― Kamala Harris

“I convened the first-ever national training conference for prosecutors on how to promote and deal with hate crime issues in terms of prosecutions and also protocol for defeating the gay panic defense.”

― Kamala Harris

“With the advent of DNA, we know that people have been convicted and sentenced to death who later proved not to be guilty of the crime.”

― Kamala Harris

“If you want to deal with an epidemic – crime or health – the smartest and most effective and cheapest way to deal with it is prevention first.”

― Kamala Harris

“Hate crime is not new in the United States.”

― Kamala Harris

“Sedition involves sloganeering with incitement. It may be anti-national, but not a crime, unless you incite violence or communal tension.”

― Kapil Sibal

“I’m not a good crime writer. I’m not good with plots… so I have to do something else.”

― Karin Fossum

“I believe I could commit a crime. We all can. It depends on which situations we find ourselves in. In despair, I would steal food if my children were hungry.”

― Karin Fossum

“That’s why I love crime novels so much: When I write a crime novel, the conflict is built in.”

― Karin Slaughter

“When I was growing up, my stepmother’s sister was the chief detective in one of the adjoining towns, so she piqued my interest in crime.”

― Karin Slaughter

“The most enduring stories in literature generally have some kind of crime at their center, whether it’s the bloody butchery of ‘Hamlet,’ the lecherous misanthropes of Dickens or the lone gunman from ‘The Great Gatsby.’”

― Karin Slaughter

“Pushing the boundaries of polite society does not just fall under the purview of crime fiction authors.”

― Karin Slaughter

“Crafting a piece of gripping, narrative true crime that engages the world is not that different from crafting a piece of crime fiction.”

― Karin Slaughter

“With ‘Pretty Girls,’ I saw the opportunity to talk not just about crime but what crime leaves behind.”

― Karin Slaughter

“As awful as crime can be, it’s what happens afterward – the struggling to get out of bed, to put one foot in front of the other – that alters people.”

― Karin Slaughter

“No crime lab in the world looks like the ‘CSI’ ones because there’s simply not the money for all those fancy machines.”

― Karin Slaughter

“I read a lot of true crime growing up – ‘The Stranger Beside Me’ by Ann Rule about Ted Bundy.”

― Karin Slaughter

“I read a lot of thrillers, especially American crime novels.”

― Kate Mosse

“I’m not an investigative journalist; I don’t track crime or police blotters.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“In terms of going back and forth between fiction and nonfiction – in which I’ll include memoir, biography, and true crime – is that one relieves the other.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“One of the surprising things I hadn’t expected when I decided to write crime fiction is how much you are expected to be out in front of the public. Some writers aren’t comfortable with that. I don’t have a problem with that.”

― Kathy Reichs

“I had a dream, when I was little, to become a police officer and a crime investigator.”

― Katia Winter

“I’m so interested in the brain. I read true crime.”

― Katie Price

“I had wanted to write English crime novels based on the American hard-boiled style, and for the first two novels about Brixton, the critics didn’t actually know I was Irish.”

― Ken Bruen

“Crime fiction is the new rock n’ roll.”

― Ken Bruen

“The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion.”

― Ken Calvert

“What to do about these increases in crime? Plenty of laws already exist to punish violent criminals, and research questions the level of correlation between longer sentences and lower crime rates.”

― Ken Cuccinelli

“Even without mandatory sentences, judges are still capable of levying tough penalties for serious offenses – and just as in states like Texas that have ‘tough on crime’ reputations, this can be done without jeopardizing public safety.”

― Ken Cuccinelli

“Psephology isn’t a hate crime.”

― Ken Livingstone

“Unauthorized access to computer systems is already a serious crime in a few states and is currently being addressed in many more state legislatures as well as Congress.”

― Ken Thompson

“You need a crime, a detective, and the solution.”

― Kerry Greenwood

“I have been reading crime books ever since I was a child, but I had never tried to write one.”

― Kerry Greenwood

“It’s actually a smarter crime because imagine if you rob a bank, or you’re dealing drugs. If you get caught you’re going to spend a lot of time in custody. But with hacking, it’s much easier to commit the crime and the risk of punishment is slim to none.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“My argument is not that I shouldn’t have been punished, but that the punishment didn’t fit the crime.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“Friendships are this fun team. You get to have partners in crime.”

― Kiernan Shipka

“Providing ‘freemium’ cloud storage to society is not a crime. What will Hollywood do when smartphones and tablets can wirelessly transfer a movie file within milliseconds?”

― Kim Dotcom

“During the 10 years I worked as a prosecutor, I always struggled with what to do with someone who was clearly mentally ill and committed a horrific crime.”

― Kimberly Guilfoyle

“Crime prevention has to become a first priority.”

― Kiran Bedi

“Without a beat officer system, there can be no crime prevention or supportive investigation. This is the very foundation of sound policing. It is the beat officer who connects with the common man on a daily basis and is the five senses of his area.”

― Kiran Bedi

“If you are a DACA that’s compliant with your registration, meaning you haven’t committed a crime, you, in fact, are registered, you’re not priority of enforcement for ICE should the program end.”

― Kirstjen Nielsen

“The rumors of Frank Sinatra’s violence and his ties to organized crime were such that journalists joked in print about me ending up in concrete boots and sleeping with the fishes if I proceeded to write his biography.”

― Kitty Kelley

“Hip-hop is not about crime. Hip-hop is not about being a gangster.”

― KRS-One

“The worst crime is faking it.”

― Kurt Cobain

“In the end, crime doesn’t pay.”

― Lane Garrison

“Crime is out of control in Baltimore City.”

― Larry Hogan

“I think I’m part of a generation of crime writers all of whom woke up independently and recoiled with horror at the fact that we’d chosen this very conservative genre.”

― Laura Lippman

“For me, crime fiction was an opportunity to sneak up on readers with social issues, something they won’t go out of their way to seek.”

― Laura Lippman

“It’s now a crime to be a conservative in America.”

― Laura Loomer

“My only crime is breathing and existing.”

― Laura Loomer

“British crime stories tend to be very internal, psychological, claustrophobic, very limited in terms of geography.”

― Lee Child

“I particular enjoy the crime writer, Walter Ellis Mosley. He does a series of Chandler-esque detective stories.”

― Lennie James

“The part of London where I grew up has the highest crime rates in the country.”

― Leona Lewis

“Illegal killings of elephants are being linked to organized crime and the funding of armed militia groups. Many consumers in Asia do not realize that by buying ivory, they are playing a role in the illegal wildlife trade and its serious consequences.”

― Li Bingbing

“Where is the expectation of privacy in the commission of a crime?”

― Linda Tripp

“People should be allowed to document evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Where is the expectation of privacy if someone is conspiring to commit crime?”

― Linda Tripp

“I’m the hardest working person I know. I’m 20 years old – is it a crime to want to go out dancing with my friends?”

― Lindsay Lohan

“I’m always accused of being a crime novelist, but I’m not really.”

― Lisa Lutz

“Stalking is a serious crime with serious consequences.”

― Lisa Madigan

“Stalking is a crime that can paralyze an otherwise productive person with fear.”

― Lisa Madigan

“No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.”

― Livy

“Our findings with reference to organized crime was that organized crime as an entity didn’t participate in the assassination of the president. However, we were unable to preclude the possibility of individual members of organized crime having participated.”

― Louis Stokes

“There is one instance that we cite in the report where in one of the conversations a member of organized crime is talking to another member of organized crime and he suggests that Attorney General Kennedy should be murdered.”

― Louis Stokes

“He has committed the crime who profits by it.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“One crime has to be concealed by another.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“I’ll probably stay in Copenhagen… I can keep writing songs about my local community and about crime.”

― Lukas Forchhammer

“Crime is actually less in places where people own guns. Washington, D.C., is a case in point. It has the strictest gun laws, but who has the highest crime rate in the country? Washington, D.C.”

― Luke Scott

“What is the motive to the secret ballot? This, and only this: Like other confederates in crime, those who use it are not friends, but enemies; and they are afraid to be known, and to have their individual doings known, even to each other.”

― Lysander Spooner

“For a government to declare a vice to be a crime, and to punish it as such, is an attempt to falsify the very nature of things. It is as absurd as it would be to declare truth to be falsehood, or falsehood truth.”

― Lysander Spooner

“Architects think that beauty is a crime.”

― Ma Yansong

“Stress is the reason for crime and all other kinds of frustration. To relieve it will eliminate everything else.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“I want to eliminate the basis of problems and basis of crime, and basis of terrorism.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Crime against the individual is the equivalent of crime against humanity.”

― Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“When I’m working, I always read stuff that’s as far away from what I’m working on as possible, so I’ll read American crime fiction at bedtime, or Emily Dickinson.”

― Mal Peet

“What’s interesting is, say, the O.J. trial and when the verdict came out, and there were people who celebrated, and there were people who thought that he’s guilty, and it’s a crime. Those reactions tend to be filtered through our own experiences.”

― Malcolm-Jamal Warner

“’The Big Sleep’ would have been a more effective study of nightmarish existence had the detective been more complicated and had more curiosity been shown about his sweetheart’s relation to the crime.”

― Manny Farber

“I’d always wanted to write crime fiction. I loved Nancy Drew.”

― Marcia Clark

“I have been addicted to crime since I was born. I was making up crime stories when I was a 4- or 5-year-old kid.”

― Marcia Clark

“I like cable stuff; I really do – ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘American Crime Story.’”

― Marcia Clark

“If you think someone committed a crime, you should turn them in to whomever you perceive authority to be.”

― Marcia Gay Harden

“Poverty is the mother of crime.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate.”

― Marion Barry

“You can’t really be old in L.A., it’s kind of like a crime.”

― Marisa Tomei

“When I began to write, I was surprised at how little London had been used in crime fiction. Places such as Edinburgh or Oxford or L.A. seemed to have stronger identities.”

― Mark Billingham

“Crime is the biggest genre in libraries and in bookshops, and it is hugely varied.”

― Mark Billingham

“The fact is that most crime novels contain a good many punchlines. They are just rather darker than the ones you might hear in a comedy club.”

― Mark Billingham

“Having worked as both comedian and crime writer, the one thing I know is that both involve the delivery of a performance.”

― Mark Billingham

“Ian Rankin’s Rebus is the king of modern British crime fiction. He is dour, determined, and constantly falls foul of his seniors. For all this, we root for him. He is eminently loveable, a quixotic hero moving through the darker half of a Jekyll and Hyde Edinburgh.”

― Mark Billingham

“I didn’t break into comics to write fairytales or crime comics.”

― Mark Millar

“I’m not supposed to say it, but I was not guilty of any crime. I became a target because I was a strong and a rich woman who had been very successful.”

― Martha Stewart

“Between 1999 and 2009, the people of Baltimore achieved the greatest reduction in crime of America’s largest cities.”

― Martin O’Malley

“It’s interesting that these themes of crime and political corruption are always relevant.”

― Martin Scorsese

“We’re criminalizing economic inability to stay out of the system. Women get penalized more than men for the same crime; blacks get penalized more than whites for the same crime. We need to bring out more into the light, because it’s not fair… I applaud Colin Kaepernick for speaking out.”

― Martina Navratilova

“First of all, I’m in favor of making price gouging a crime, and in fact, one the reasons I didn’t vote for the Republican House version was because there were too many breaks for the oil companies.”

― Marty Meehan

“If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting.”

― Mason Cooley

“There is a reason it used to be a crime in the Confederate states to teach a slave to read: Literacy is power.”

― Matt Taibbi

“The individual incentive not to commit crime on Wall Street now is almost zero.”

― Matt Taibbi

“Over the years, many in the public have become numb to news of financial corruption, partly because too many of these stories involve banker-on-banker crime.”

― Matt Taibbi

“Families who get evicted tend to live in worse housing than they did before, and they live in neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and higher crime rates than they did before.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Crime, money, power, drugs – are all linked.”

― Matthew Vaughn

“The crime of loving is forgetting.”

― Maurice Chevalier

“We won’t sit idly by when a crime is committed in the real world. So why should we when it happens in cyber space?”

― Max Baucus

“The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.”

― Max Stirner

“Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.”

― Maximilien Robespierre

“Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.”

― Maximilien Robespierre

“I don’t really consider any of my novels ‘crime’ novels.”

― Megan Abbott

“I’ve consumed true crime since first discovering ‘Helter Skelter’ by Vincent Bugliosi in a used bookstore at age 9 or 10 and staring in fascination and horror at the crime-scene photos in the middle.”

― Megan Abbott

“I think there’s a concept that crime fiction is or was male-dominated, but it really never has been.”

― Megan Abbott

“Confessions are not processed or analysed; they’re told in a moment of desperation to a priest or to somebody interrogating you about a crime.”

― Meghan Daum

“I make movies for teenage boys. Oh dear, what a crime.”

― Michael Bay

“We are the safest large city in America, but any crime rate is too high.”

― Michael Bloomberg

“It wasn’t a decision to become a writer. I wanted to become a writer of crime fiction. I was very specific.”

― Michael Connelly

“When I was a teenager, I was a voracious reader of crime fiction, but only contemporary books. I was not interested in reading ‘The Glass Key’ or ‘The Maltese Falcon’ – stuff that was 40 or 50 years old.”

― Michael Connelly

“As soon as I got to L.A., there was this big crime where these guys tunnelled underneath a bank on a three-day weekend and went right up to the vault and emptied everything out.”

― Michael Connelly

“I learned to write crime novels by reading people I hoped to emulate: people like James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Joseph Wambaugh, and Sue Grafton.”

― Michael Connelly

“I not only read Raymond Chandler but read all the crime fiction classics. I was hooked.”

― Michael Connelly

“White-on-white crime is a devastation in America like so-called black-on-black crime. It’s not black or white-on-white crime. It’s proximity murder.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“It isn’t safe to go to the parks. Toxic chemicals ruin the air and water. There is vandalism, even crime, and conscientious park personnel are demoralized.”

― Michael Frome

“Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence.”

― Michael Moore

“It should be a crime to make a profit off somebody being sick.”

― Michael Moore

“Violence is inevitable in crime novels, but there are many different ways to tell a story. I use my characters’ reactions to illustrate the worst moments rather than let readers witness them at first hand.”

― Michael Robotham

“How many condemnations I have witnessed more criminal than the crime!”

― Michel de Montaigne

“Prison is a recruitment center for the army of crime. That is what it achieves.”

― Michel Foucault

“The greatest myth about mass incarceration is that it has been driven by crime and crime rates. It’s just not true.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Perhaps there should be a box on the census form that says, ‘I’m a criminal.’ Everyone who has ever committed a crime would be required to check it. If everyone were forced to acknowledge their own criminality, maybe we, as a nation, would second-guess our apparent zeal for denying full citizenship to those branded felons.”

― Michelle Alexander

“In this country, we force millions of people – who are largely black and brown – into a permanent second-class status simply because they once committed a crime.”

― Michelle Alexander

“It’s not crime that makes us more punitive in the United States. It’s the way we respond to crime and how we view those people who have been labeled criminals.”

― Michelle Alexander

“The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.”

― Mignon McLaughlin

“Powerful states can maintain themselves only by crime, little states are virtuous only by weakness.”

― Mikhail Bakunin

“Online crime is practically always international, because they almost always cross traditional national borders.”

― Mikko Hypponen

“Crime shows are really popular, in general, but usually, at the end of every episode, you have to let go of the people that you’ve invested in and then, the next week, get somebody else.”

― Mireille Enos

“Modern slavery is a hidden crime and notoriously difficult to measure.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“I said the kidnapping is a crime. I have the right to speak about the crime done against me. They didn’t like me to speak about this crime. So I decided to reveal it to the public.”

― Mordechai Vanunu

“I don’t think the biggest crime is to not sympathize with people. I think the biggest crime is to not be interested.”

― Morten Tyldum

“The guitar saved me from a life of crime as a teenager.”

― Myles Kennedy

“Dealing with crime using archaic methods has become impossible. So, it’s imperative that we change the ways to counter them.”

― Nana Patekar

“I was a prosecutor for many years, I’m a crime victim myself, and I’ve tried so many cases I don’t even know how many anymore.”

― Nancy Grace

“The First Amendment applies to rogues and scoundrels. You don’t lose your First Amendment rights because of a sleazy personality, or even for having committed a crime. Felons in jail are protected by the First Amendment.”

― Naomi Wolf

“The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“When I was growing up there, North Gulfport was referred to as ‘Little Vietnam’ because of the perception of crime and depravity within its borders – as if its denizens were simply a congregation of the downtrodden.”

― Natasha Trethewey

“A crime is like a crack in reality, and it is the author’s role to explore those cracks. As a writer, I like to see how they impinge on people.”

― Natsuo Kirino

“Zimbabwe has far fewer tourists than South Africa or Kenya, and there’s less crime as well.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“I’m most interested in people who’ve lived life in the extreme, which is what draws me to crime fiction.”

― Nick Petrie

“’Unforgotten’ was a bit of a no-brainer. I’m a big fan of crime dramas, but often the ‘investigation’ part goes much too smoothly – and you don’t get that with this.”

― Nicola Walker

“I’m good with a grill. I like to make cheeseburgers – I once read in a David Goodis crime novel that you’re only supposed to flip a burger once.”

― Noah Baumbach

“As far as U.S. intelligence knows, Iran is developing nuclear capacities, but they don’t know if they are trying to develop nuclear weapons or not. Chances are they’re developing what’s called ‘nuclear capability,’ which many states have. That is the ability to have nuclear weapons if they decide to do it. That’s not a crime.”

― Noam Chomsky

“I’ve been very clear. I won. I didn’t commit the crime.”

― O. J. Simpson

“I will live in TV Land watching ‘Columbo.’ I also like my ‘Forensic Files,’ all of that true crime.”

― Octavia Spencer

“We have judicial system in Sudan. Anyone who committed a war crime, anti-human crime, or any other crime will be locked up.”

― Omar al-Bashir

“The penalty may be removed, the crime is eternal.”

― Ovid

“What does signature mean? Supposedly these are the added touches that make the crime personal to the killer.”

― Pat Brown

“First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty.”

― Patricia Cornwell

“I constantly remind people that crime isn’t solved by technology; it’s solved by people.”

― Patricia Cornwell

“Transnational organized crime does not recognize any borders.”

― Patricia Espinosa

“I didn’t want to give up my Illinois driver’s license and was unaware that was a crime. It is, by the way, in the state of California. Lesson learned. I technically broke a law, so technically I deserve whatever I get.”

― Patrick Stump

“I’m going to be 58, and I’m a woman. In this business, that seems to be a bigger crime than being mentally ill.”

― Patty Duke

“I finally figured out what my crime was. I lived. Big mistake.”

― Patty Hearst

“We know that when law abiding citizens who know how to utilize a firearm have one on their person, it helps prevent crime.”

― Paul Broun

“My first book deal was for two Mark Genevich novels. I hadn’t planned on writing a second Genevich novel, but I was contracted to do so, and so there I was being introduced as a crime writer.”

― Paul G. Tremblay

“The consequences of Fast and Furious are higher crime and more deaths. I remain committed to seeing justice brought for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the hundreds of Mexicans who have lost their lives.”

― Paul Gosar

“Some of the best movies made about crime are those where the crime solver can get inside the head of the serial killer, and those are the techniques we use in C.S.I.”

― Paul Guilfoyle

“Here’s the thing: Nobody gets extradited for a crime where nobody’s been hurt, where no property’s been damaged.”

― Paul Watson

“I adore Kate Atkinson, her literary as well as her crime output.”

― Paula Hawkins

“When I’m writing, I don’t read much crime at all – you don’t want to get distracted by other people’s plots.”

― Paula Hawkins

“Certainly, there is a tendency to lump women who write similar types of books together, and it’s not just in crime, is it? Women’s fiction is supposedly a whole genre of itself. There’s no male equivalent.”

― Paula Hawkins

“We don’t know what proportion of public funds is regularly lost to collusion and corruption. Is it 25 per cent? 30 per cent? We do know that a portion of these public funds are feeding organized crime.”

― Pauline Marois

“If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.”

― Peggy Noonan

“FinCEN directs financial institutions to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) to inform law enforcement of certain types of cyber-enabled crime. As the agency charged with protecting the United States from financial crime, FinCEN’s guidance does not deem financial institutions who process such transactions to be involved in a criminal activity.”

― Perianne Boring

“People with mental illnesses are dying on our streets. More than 350,000 are in jails and prisons. Most are people whose only real crime is they got sick.”

― Pete Earley

“The Eurozone allows for the largely unimpeded movement of people, goods, services, and capital across borders. It has also resulted in unprecedented cooperation on crime, security, and finance among its members.”

― Pete Hoekstra

“Apostasy is a grave crime in Islam and punishable by death in the eyes of members of al Qaeda.”

― Peter Bergen

“Part of the reason why movie bosses are so obsessed with crime movies is because they know that world and the criminals. And that’s what they are – they would not hesitate to act illegally to achieve profit and gain.”

― Peter Mullan

“The one place that bitcoins seem to be used as money is in crime.”

― Peter Schiff

“I suppose most crime writing is urban. There’s not a lot… certainly not in Australia, people don’t often set books in the countryside.”

― Peter Temple

“I rely on my iPad for on-the-go entertainment. I stock it with TV shows, like ‘Parks and Recreation’ and the British version of ‘The Office.’ I’m reading a Charles Manson biography on it too, since I’m weirdly into true crime.”

― Phoebe Tonkin

“It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.”

― Pierre Corneille

“The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.”

― Pierre Corneille

“A first impulse was never a crime.”

― Pierre Corneille

“It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace.”

― Pierre Corneille

“Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“I studied a truckload of true crime, praying for illumination, but most true crime relies on luridness and voyeurism for effect.”

― Poe Ballantine

“Crime is only the worst example, but it is a paradigm for other Labour policy disasters. No one tells the voters that crime is falling: let them stay scared senseless.”

― Polly Toynbee

“Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime. Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.”

― Pope Francis

“We got into all the trouble you could ever imagine. We figured that if the Jones boys and all the gangsters ran Chicago, we had our own territory now. All the stores, all the crime, we were in charge of everything, my stepbrother and my brother.”

― Quincy Jones

“To open his lips is crime in a plain citizen.”

― Quintus Ennius

“I would like to say that to mislead the youth is not only deceit but a crime.”

― Rajnath Singh

“He told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House.”

― Ralph Abernathy

“The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.”

― Ramsey Clark

“The expansion and sophistication of transnational crime represents one of the most dangerous threats we confront in the next millennium.”

― Rand Beers

“All issues of crime are better addressed at the state level.”

― Rand Paul

“No American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found guilty of a crime by a court.”

― Rand Paul

“The most common things I would go out for would be, like, ‘the Lab Technician’ on a crime procedural, usually an expert in either a medical or a computer-oriented field.”

― Randall Park

“My preferred genre of reading is crime thrillers – books by Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi and a few others – and I write crime thrillers.”

― Ravi Subramanian

“For some, the very act of intelligence gathering seems illegitimate when applied to the crime of terrorism.”

― Raymond Kelly

“The stark reality is that crime happens in communities of color.”

― Raymond Kelly

“Crime, to the man of the forties, was an alien monstrous terror.”

― Rebecca Harding Davis

“A number of countries, including Russia and China, have put forward proposals to regulate aspects of the Internet like ‘crime’ and ‘security’ that are currently unregulated at the global level due to lack of international consensus over what those terms actually mean or over how to balance enforcement with the protection of citizens’ rights.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“For years, members of Congress have heard from constituents who want them to protect the nation from crime, terrorism and intellectual property violation. They have not faced equally robust demands that online rights and freedoms be preserved.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“Amazon webhosting dropped Wikileaks as a customer after receiving a complaint from U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, despite the fact that Wikileaks had not been charged, let alone convicted, of any crime.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“I am one of the first political leaders officially declaring that anti-Semitism is a crime. I expect an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as well.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers. It’s a sort of crime against childhood.”

― Richard Dawkins

“If I were dictator, I’d have a catch-all crime of disrespect.”

― Richard Griffiths

“Criminal conspiracy requires not only that the conspirators know that a crime is going to be committed, but that they knowingly intend to help each other commit the crime – and then commit certain overt acts in connection with that conspiracy.”

― Richard Painter

“Armed and law-abiding citizens are a greater deterrent to violent crime than 1,000 laws passed by Congress.”

― Rick Perry

“You have got to make sure there’s due process for somebody that’s accused of a crime. You’ve got make sure they’re safe.”

― Rick Scott

“Every single person in jail for a violent crime had a nightmare childhood.”

― Rob Reiner

“Before ‘Veronica Mars,’ I was not, and probably am still not, much of a crime reader. My mom left out a copy of ‘Helter Skelter’ when I was 10, and I secretly read it, and then I spent all my teenage years afraid of hippies. I kept away from crime books for, like, ten years.”

― Rob Thomas

“I wanted to show that crime doesn’t pay. If you are saved and accept the Lord, you cannot use that as an excuse to avoid punishment.”

― Robert Duvall

“Where aspirations outstrip opportunities, law-abiding society becomes the victim. Attitudes of contempt toward the law are forged in this crucible and form the inner core of the beliefs of organized adult crime.”

― Robert Kennedy

“Tolerating organized crime promotes the cheap philosophy that everything is a racket. It promotes cynicism among adults. It contributes to the confusion of the young and to the increase of juvenile delinquency.”

― Robert Kennedy

“We need to take lessons learned from fighting terrorism and apply them to cyber crime.”

― Robert Mueller

“On TV, the nitty-gritty of trials takes place between commercial breaks, whereas, of course, reality is infinitely more complex. True crime also makes us more empathetic.”

― Robert Rinder

“Is it exploitative to get the victim of an unimaginably horrific crime to talk on my show ‘Crime Stories?’ No, it’s crucial.”

― Robert Rinder

“Serious crime is very, very rare, and I think all of us are interested because they are rare and unusual. If they were banal and everyday, we wouldn’t be interested in them at all.”

― Robert Rinder

“But I must think that an address to his majesty to remove one of his servants, without so much as alleging any particular crime against him, is one of the greatest encroachments that was ever made upon the prerogatives of the crown.”

― Robert Walpole

“The EPA must be forbidden to seize or destroy the property of any person until and unless such person has been found guilty of a crime in a court of law.”

― Robert Zubrin

“The use of hunger as a weapon of political control is a crime against humanity.”

― Robert Zubrin

“In what was called the second siege of Leningrad, thousands died, but Putin and his partners in crime got rich. Then Putin killed even more Russians when he had the FSB explode bombs in apartment buildings in Moscow in 1999 to give himself the pretext to seize dictatorial powers.”

― Robert Zubrin

“High testosterone levels have been proven to make men more likely to commit crimes. The tendency in men toward risky behaviour keeps turning up even where socialization is different, and so does crime and delinquency.”

― Rodney Stark

“One difference between film noir and more straightforward crime pictures is that noir is more open to human flaws and likes to embed them in twisty plot lines.”

― Roger Ebert

“You do not have to be convicted or even charged of a crime to be able to demonstrate that you’ve violated a personal conduct policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league, and everyone associated with the NFL.”

― Roger Goodell

“Failure is not a crime. The crime is not trying.”

― Ron Dellums

“You wanna get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let’s just get rid of all the drug laws.”

― Ron Paul

“One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.”

― Ronald Reagan

“It’s about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“There is no city in America that has reduced crime as much as we have in the last three years. This is not the product of accident. This is the product of design.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“Poverty is not the root cause of crime.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“If you commit a crime, you’re guilty.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“Occasionally, I have written about stories related to crime, but I have never attempted a traditional detective story. So I want to write a true detective story.”

― Ruskin Bond

“Illegal is not a race, it is a crime.”

― Russell Pearce

“Arizona did not make illegal, illegal. It is a crime to enter or remain in the U.S. in violation of federal law. States have had inherent authority to enforce immigration laws when the federal government has failed or refused to do so.”

― Russell Pearce

“The Sixth Amendment secures to persons charged with crime the right to be tried by an impartial jury reflecting a fair cross-section of the community.”

― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I get very tired of violence in crime fiction. Maybe it is what life is like, but I don’t want to do it in my books.”

― Ruth Rendell

“I don’t know that I am fascinated with crime. I’m fascinated with people and their characters and their obsessions and what they do. And these things lead to crime, but I’m much more fascinated in their minds.”

― Ruth Rendell

“I absolutely adore classic crime and read a huge amount as a teen – Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Sherlock Holmes, Josephine Tey, and many more.”

― Ruth Ware

“Black-on-black crime is a massive human rights issue that’s going on in America.”

― Ryan Coogler

“The poor and minorities are disproportionately both crime’s perpetrators and its victims. People are saddened when this happens but not surprised.”

― S. J. Rozan

“Victims want to know that the true perpetrators of their crime are convicted – legal aid helps achieve this.”

― Sadiq Khan

“The U.K. has some of the toughest legislation on hate crime in the world, and it is there to keep us all safe.”

― Sadiq Khan

“Our streets should be safe at all times. You shouldn’t have to worry about things like knife or other crime.”

― Sajid Javid

“I’ve huge responsibilities in this job. The biggest is to keep everyone safe. Like many others, I’ve seen the effects of crime close up, and I worry about my kids.”

― Sajid Javid

“Certainly, I don’t think I can ever be accused of being soft on crime.”

― Sally Yates

“An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship – it is a crime against our nature as human beings.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I don’t read a lot of magazines, but when I’m traveling, I’ll pick up a copy of ‘Vanity Fair’ to read on the plane – it’s like a full meal! The articles are so good, especially the crime stories. Browsing the Web is more like snacking – but I live on snacks.”

― Sam Trammell

“We see book-burning as a crime against humanity: it’s intolerable because books represent a kind of freedom to us.”

― Samantha Harvey

“The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.”

― Samuel Gompers

“I can’t begin to describe how humiliating it is for a law-abiding citizen to be cross-examined in a court of law for a crime he hasn’t committed.”

― Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“The crime novel has always been my favourite genre.”

― Sara Paretsky

“White-collar crime gets more outrageous by the second in America.”

― Sara Paretsky

“Sisters in Crime now has more than 4,000 members worldwide.”

― Sara Paretsky

“Scottish writers are particularly successful in the crime genre.”

― Sara Sheridan

“Whistle-blowing and publishing should not be seen as a crime, and certainly not as terrorism.”

― Sarah Harrison

“I think crime is probably driven more by morality than anything else.”

― Sarah Huckabee Sanders

“The abundance of Roman historical mysteries contrasts with the surprising paucity of crime novels set in classical Greece.”

― Sarah Weinman

“Like so many other bored teens, I was a bored teen with a hobby. The only difference was mine was obsessing about crime.”

― Sarah Weinman

“Having set its tonal template, Vertigo Crime laid low for a few months before starting in earnest at the beginning of 2010.”

― Sarah Weinman

“My one criticism of Vertigo Crime to date is that it’s been a boys’ club, reveling in violence that, while entertainingly lurid, lacks depth. Of course, the comics world is deliberately double-dimensional – and shouldn’t apologize for being so.”

― Sarah Weinman

“My focus will always be crime, but it might not always be fiction, nor always for adults, nor books entirely in prose. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so I might as well begin.”

― Sarah Weinman

“Britain proves to be an ideal setting for many a medieval-minded crime novelist, regardless of century.”

― Sarah Weinman

“If you shell a military base and happen to kill civilians, you have not committed a war crime; if you deliberately target cities and towns, you have.”

― Sebastian Junger

“One could reasonably argue that the Turkish pogrom against the Armenians during World War I qualifies as a crime against humanity, as does the United States’ ethnic cleansing of Native Americans.”

― Sebastian Junger

“I’m a bit of a hacker fanatic and know a fair bit about that industry and cyber crime and cyber warfare.”

― Seth Gordon

“Crime writers adore islands. We love the sense of being trapped within a community apart, where normal codes of behavior, if not ignored, can be allowed to slip.”

― Sharon Bolton

“On an island, anything can happen. In a crime novel, it usually does.”

― Sharon Bolton

“Crime is sexy.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice.”

― Simone Weil

“We cannot lightly allow the perpetrator of a serious crime to go free simply because that person believed his actions were reasonable and necessary to prevent some perceived harm.”

― Sol Wachtler

“Lisbeth Salander is one of the most compelling heroines of 21st century crime literature, and I am thrilled to see readers have welcomed her return.”

― Sonny Mehta

“Nobody has ever written as many enjoyable, fun-to-read crime novels as Agatha Christie. It’s all about the storytelling and the pleasure of the reader. She doesn’t want to be deep or highbrow.”

― Sophie Hannah

“Crime fiction is a way of satisfying that nosy need to know.”

― Sophie Hannah

“Everything is personal – the poems and the crime novels. I have never been involved in any murders, but there are strong autobiographical elements in each.”

― Sophie Hannah

“In a crime novel, if you are going to have a big revelation in chapter 30, you have to plant the information in chapters three and 11.”

― Sophie Hannah

“I really did grow up in a world where we were taught that crime doesn’t pay and we stood up when the teacher came into the room.”

― Stanley R. Jaffe

“The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.”

― Stephen Ambrose

“I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts.”

― Stephen King

“The United States is holding hundreds of suspected terrorists in prisons at Guantanamo and elsewhere. Many are locked up indefinitely. They have not been tried or even charged with any crime.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“There are lots of procedural shows that I love, but I never really wanted to be a doctor on ‘E.R.’ – which I’m just picking as an example – or be on a crime procedural.”

― Stephen Moyer

“Hacking into a victim of crime’s phone is a sort of poetically elegant manifestation of a modus operandi the tabloids have.”

― Steve Coogan

“I don’t believe that songwriting has to be profound, but I truly believe that it’s a crime for you to go outta your way for it not to be.”

― Steve Earle

“If crime is going down, you shouldn’t be increasing resources for crime prevention. Or you should be taking note of what has worked and concentrate the crime-prevention methods on policies that have a track record of success.”

― Steven Pinker

“I watch a lot of true crime on TV.”

― Steven Soderbergh

“Naturally, it is a terrible, despicable crime when, as in Munich, people are taken hostage, people are killed. But probing the motives of those responsible and showing that they are also individuals with families and have their own story does not excuse what they did.”

― Steven Spielberg

“I have tried to create main characters who are drastically different from the types who generally appear in crime novels. Mikael Blomkvist, for instance, doesn’t have ulcers or booze problems or an anxiety complex. He doesn’t listen to operas, nor does he have an oddball hobby such as making model airplanes.”

― Stieg Larsson

“Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist. If you then try to have something to say… that I have, of course.”

― Stieg Larsson

“I’m a fast writer, and crime novels are easy to do. It’s much harder to write a 1,000 word article, where everything has to be 100 per cent correct.”

― Stieg Larsson

“In many respects I have gone out of my way to avoid the usual approach adopted in crime novels. I have used some techniques that are normally outlawed – the presentation of Mikael Blomkvist, for instance, is based exclusively on the personal case study made by Lisbeth Salander.”

― Stieg Larsson

“I abhor crime novels in which the main character can behave however he or she pleases, or do things that normal people do not do, without those actions having social consequences.”

― Stieg Larsson

“In many cases, the line between a thriller and a crime novel has become too blurred to be useful.”

― Susie Dent

“A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.”

― Tacitus

“In terms of pure volume, I probably read more psychological mystery and historical true crime than anything else.”

― Tana French

“I like books like ‘The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher,’ where the investigation of a crime becomes a way into an exploration of the society where the crime took place.”

― Tana French

“In families like mine, there is no crime worse than telling the truth.”

― Tara Westover

“It wasn’t until the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was ratified by the United Nations in 1948 that Lemkin’s proposed law was given at least the appearance of force and effect.”

― Terry Glavin

“At the October 1933 proceedings of the League of Nations in Madrid, Lemkin mounted a valiant effort to persuade the gathered ambassadors to define and agree to punish the crime of what we now call genocide. He failed.”

― Terry Glavin

“Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“We’re getting rid of bureaucracy, so that we’re releasing time for police officers to be crime fighters and not form writers.”

― Theresa May

“Targets don’t fight crime.”

― Theresa May

“There is nothing inevitable about crime and there is nothing inevitable about anti-social behaviour.”

― Theresa May

“Police reform is working, and crime is falling.”

― Theresa May

“Retailers have an important part to play in preventing knife crime – enforcing age restrictions and displaying knives safely is crucial.”

― Theresa May

“Knife crime devastates communities.”

― Theresa May

“Targets don’t fight crime; they hinder the fight against crime.”

― Theresa May

“To punish a man because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked.”

― Thomas Babington Macaulay

“A jury of my countrymen, it is true, have found me guilty of the crime of which I stood indicted. For this I entertain not the slightest feeling of resentment towards them.”

― Thomas Francis Meagher

“New Jersey has decided that fewer handguns legally carried in public means less crime. It is obvious that the justifiable need requirement functions as a rationing system designed to limit the number of handguns carried in New Jersey.”

― Thomas Hardiman

“We must be vigilant in our actions towards criminals, and innovative in our approach towards solving crime.”

― Thomas Menino

“It was kind of like, my worst crime was that I was a pop star.”

― Tiffany Darwish

“We need to send a clear message to gang members that violent crime will not be tolerated.”

― Tim Bishop

“Violating the 4th Amendment guarantees against illegal searches and seizures is not the way to solve crime problems.”

― Tim Wise

“Mass media over-represents persons of color in negative ways, especially as criminals, relative to the share of crime actually done by such persons.”

― Tim Wise

“I’m always interested in what classic crime writers got into when they stepped away from the genre stuff they were known for. That’s why ‘Mildred Pierce’ is like noir without any real crime.”

― Todd Haynes

“’Carol’ takes place in the really early ’50s, before Eisenhower has taken office. It’s based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, her second and most autobiographical book and the only one outside of the crime milieu.”

― Todd Haynes

“I read true crime books, and I read when people do case studies of stuff. I’m into books like that. Case studies or forensics or murder – all that good stuff.”

― Tom Araya

“A defendant on trial for a specific crime is entitled to his day in court, not in a stadium or a city or nationwide arena.”

― Tom C. Clark

“Given the devastation that crime can visit on families and communities, I will err on being a little too tough on crime than being too soft on crime.”

― Tom Cotton

“It is not an exaggeration to say that under Obama, the naturalization process – becoming a citizen – no longer requires becoming an American. The real tragedy and the real crime of the Obama plan for accelerated naturalization of millions flows from the redefinition of citizenship as a triumph of multiculturalism.”

― Tom Tancredo

“My brother and I moved out to Hollywood initially to be a band, and where we lived, there was crime all over with my brother and I being the victims sometimes.”

― Troy Duffy

“I just spent 11 and a half months in a maximum-security jail, got shot five times, and was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn’t commit.”

― Tupac Shakur

“Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?”

― Tupac Shakur

“Radical Islamist terror is a crime against the entire free world, including against Israel.”

― Tzipi Livni

“The contemporary crime novel is, at its best, a novel of character. That’s where the suspense comes from.”

― Val McDermid

“Ottawa is a hot spot of Canadian crime writing, with perhaps the greatest concentration of active, involved, published crime writers anywhere.”

― Vicki Delany

“Crime novels, it has been said, show the human psyche under pressure.”

― Vicki Delany

“In the city, a lot of crime happens, a lot of violence happens from time to time.”

― Victor Cruz

“Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.”

― Victor Hugo

“Despotism is a long crime.”

― Victor Hugo

“Catching a culprit becomes really easy when there are video footages from the crime scene.”

― Vikram

“We will not import crime, terrorism, homophobia, and a brand of anti-Semitism that sets synagogues ablaze.”

― Viktor Orban

“We should not televise trials. There’s only one purpose for a criminal trial. It’s to determine whether or not the defendant committed the crime. Anything that interferes or has the potential of interfering with that should automatically be prohibited.”

― Vincent Bugliosi

“In my opinion, the Warren Commission’s investigation has to be considered the most comprehensive investigation of a crime in history.”

― Vincent Bugliosi

“I saw that crime pays, but I never got involved in crime.”

― Ving Rhames

“To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.”

― Vittorio Alfieri

“Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.”

― Vittorio Alfieri

“I used to always fight for human rights. I still fight for Leonard Peltier, who’s spent 35 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.”

― Vivienne Westwood

“Crime is a product of social excess.”

― Vladimir Lenin

“My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

“I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in Russia, unlike in one third of the world’s countries, being gay is not a crime.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Fear follows crime and is its punishment.”

― Voltaire

“Many who resort to crime ultimately can’t read or write.”

― Wally Amos

“Crime and the fear of crime have permeated the fabric of American life.”

― Warren E. Burger

“I used to put on spray tan, like, three times a day, and it just looked like there was a terrible accident in my bed at all times… it looked like a crime scene.”

― Whitney Cummings

“Consideration of any kind are a crime against the German people and the soldier at the front.”

― Wilhelm Keitel

“Crime and violence are the easiest emotions to reenact.”


“We don’t seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?”

― Will Rogers

“Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.”

― Will Rogers

“We all have a fundamental right to live free from fear, free from crime, and free from disorder – but while we share that right, we also share the duty to secure it.”

― William Bratton

“Policing has to be done compassionately and consistently. You cannot police differently in Harlem than you’re policing downtown. The same laws must apply. The same procedures must be employed. Certain areas at certain times may have more significant crime and require more police presence or more assertiveness, but it has to be balanced.”

― William Bratton

“Quality-of-life policing is based on probable cause – an officer has witnessed a crime personally or has a witness to the crime.”

― William Bratton

“If there’s one crime for which there has to be a certainty of punishment, it is gun violence.”

― William Bratton

“No place is unpoliceable; no crime is immune to better enforcement efforts.”

― William Bratton

“In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.”

― William Greider

“There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.”

― William Hazlitt

“Crime, family dissolution, welfare, and low levels of social organization are fundamentally a consequence of the disappearance of work.”

― William Julius Wilson

“The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.”

― William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

“Crime and legal stories, broadly speaking, are just where my interest happens to lie.”

― William Landay

“No crime is so great as daring to excel.”

― Winston Churchill

“I’ve always wanted to make a film about the Tong Wars, the rioting and the crime factions in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the early part of the last century.”

― Wong Kar-wai

“Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies.”

― Woody Allen

“In politics, there is only one crime that is unforgivable – showing weakness.”

― Yair Lapid

“I think seeing some of the past can be helpful, especially if you’re into crime solving.”

― Yancy Butler

“We must link Azamgarh to art and culture and not with terrorism and crime.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in industrial farms is perhaps the worst crime in history.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“There is no bigger crime, in the English comic novel, than thinking you are right.”

― Zadie Smith
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