Crime

Disgrace is not in the punishment, but in the crime.

Heaven will permit no man to secure happiness by crime.

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

War is a crime which involves all others crimes.

Respectable sin is, in principle, the mother of all basest crime. Follow it to the bitter end, and there is ignominy as well as guilt eternal.

He who allows oppression shares the crime.

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Everyone is really responsible to all men for all men and for everything... Remember particularly that you cannot be a judge of anyone. For no one can judge a criminal, until he recognizes that he is just such a criminal as the man standing before him, and that he perhaps is more than all men to blame for the crime. When he understands that, he will be able to be a judge... But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.

To murder character is as truly a crime as to murder the body: the tongue of the slanderer is brother to the dagger of the assassin.

Men are not blamed for such actions as they perform ignorantly and casually, whatever may be the consequences. Why? but because the principles of these actions are only momentary, and terminate in them alone. Men are less blamed for such actions as they perform hastily and unpremeditatedly than for such as proceed from deliberation. For what reason? but because a hasty temper, though a constant cause or principle in the mind, operates only by intervals, and infects not the whole character. Again, repentance wipes off every crime, if attended with a reformation of life and manners. How is this to be accounted for? but by asserting that actions render a person criminal merely a they are proofs of criminal principles in the mind.

Health is so necessary to all the duties as well as pleasures of life that the crime of squandering it is equal to the folly.

I know not any crime so great that a man could contrive to commit as poisoning the sources of eternal truth.

If misery be the effect of virtue, it; ought to be reverenced; if of ill-fortune, to be pitied; and of vice, not to be insulted, because it is perhaps itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced.

He who within his breast meditates a crime has all the guilt of the deed.

Remorse is the fruit of crime.

No crime (evil) is founded upon reason.

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

Moral contempt is a far greater indignity and insult than any kind of crime.

A sincere acquaintance with ourselves teaches us humility; and from humility springs that benevolence which compassionates the transgressors we condemn, and prevents the punishments we inflict from themselves partaking of crime, in being rather the wreaking of revenge than the chastisements of virtue.

One murder makes a villain; millions, a hero; numbers sanctify the crime.