Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
We think with horror now of the days when we burnt witches. I believe the day will come when we will shudder to think that we ever hanged criminals.
Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing, and a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. The distinction between Crime and Justice is no greater.
There are always reasons for murdering a man. On the contrary, it is impossible to justify his living. That’s why crime always finds lawyers, and innocence only rarely.[Il y a toujours des raisons au meurtre d’un homme. Il est, au contraire, impossible de justifier qu’il vive. C’est pourquoi le crime trouve toujours des avocats et l’innocence parfois, seulement.]
The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed.[Also known as: Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.]