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Small crimes always precede great crimes. Whoever has been able to transgress the limits set by law may afterwards violate the most sacred rights; crime, like virtue, has its degrees, and never have we seen timid innocence pass suddenly to extreme licentiousness
The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor
Responsibility prevents crimes
Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries
No crime is so great as daring to excel
It is not our criminal actions that require courage to confess, but those which are ridiculous and foolish
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague
If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own
All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."