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William J. Wilson Quote of the Day

Welcome to these William J. Wilson Quotes of the Day from my large collection of positive, romantic, and funny quotes.

Crime, family dissolution, welfare, and low levels
of social organization are fundamentally a consequence
of the disappearance of work.
- William J. Wilson

But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily
be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman.
These tests do not measure character,
leadership, creativity, perseverance.
- William J. Wilson

No crime is so great as daring to excel.
- Winston Churchill

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

 

Make crime pay.
Become a lawyer.
- Will Rogers

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

Man has no right to kill his brother.
It is no excuse that he does so in uniform:
he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley


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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

Environmental degradation, overpopulation,
refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements,
and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't
stop at a nation's borders.
- Warren Christopher

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- Steig Larsson

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

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
- Friedrich Engels

I was long brought up to think that it was nothing
short of a crime to miss a sale.
- James Cash Penney

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

Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
- George Wald

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

We need to send a clear message to gang members that
violent crime will not be tolerated.
- Tim Bishop

No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball,
with cause and effect, crime and punishment,
motive and result, so cleanly defined.
- Paul Gallico

It seemed to me...
that the only valid people to deal with crime were cops,
and I would like to make the lead character,
rather than a single person, a squad of cops.
- Evan Hunter

Russia's biggest problem is organized crime and its
leaders are influenced by the Russian mafia.
But it's not right to call it a Russian mafia,
it's a Jewish mafia.
- David Duke

Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.
- James Ellroy

Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.
- Freda Adler

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 may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father.
- Jean de la Bruyere

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

A friend to honesty and a foe to crime.
- Allan Pinkerton

He who allows oppression shares the crime.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the
lowest crime rates in the country.
- Marion Barry

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

We've got to stop focusing solely on the symptoms of crime,
and start caring about the causes as well.
- Carrie P. Meek

It's not a crime to get drunk.
- Joe Bob Briggs

It takes a long, hard effort and sustained determination to reduce crime.
We will stay the course and we are confident that the
numbers will continue to go down.
- Jack Johnson

I fear the carnival of crime is beginning on our border.
- Edward Blake

The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.
- Bess Myerson

Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue:
it is an intellectual crime.
- Imre Lakatos

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion
dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies.
- Woody Allen

The crime problem in New York is getting really serious.
The other day the Statue of Liberty had both hands up.
- Jay Leno

Where is the expectation of privacy in the commission of a crime?
- Linda Tripp

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for
a crime you haven't committed.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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

I'm sort of fascinated by the whole espionage crime thing.
- Aaron Eckhart

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

If it is committed in the name of God or country,
there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it.
- Tom Robbins

If you take out the killings, Washington actually has
a very very low crime rate.
- Marion Berry

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society
more hideous than crime namely,
repressive justice.
- Simone Weil

To open his lips is crime in a plain citizen.
- Quintus Ennius

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

To restrict the artist is a crime.
It is to murder germinating life.
- Egon Schiele

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when
the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when
the negro woman is the accusing party.
- Ida B. Wells

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

The greatest crime in a Shakespeare play is to murder the king.
- Alex Cox

A person is born with feelings of envy and hate.
If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime,
and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.
- Xun Zi

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The first song is called "London." It's about two Russian
soldiers who desert the Russian army and escape to London,
where they indulge in a life of crime.
- Neil Tennant

I wish to note that intellectual property theft by
a government represents the very essence of organized crime.
- Howard Berman

It doesn't help to fight crime to put people in prison who are innocent.
- Stephen Breyer

Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails
upon me the penalty of death;
but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it.
- Thomas Francis Meagher

In a free world there is, alas, more common crime than in a dictatorial system.
- Barbara Amiel

Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much
insensibility creates crime.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.
- Eli Khamarov

We are afraid to face the hard questions.
We are willing to tackle drugs, crime,
and public education only if it doesn't cost us any new taxes.
- J. Irwin Miller

He has committed the crime who profits by it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

But from each crime are born bullets that will one
day seek out in you where the heart lies.
- Pablo Neruda

Dr. Flint had sworn that he would make me suffer,
to my last day, for this new crime against him,
as he called it; and as long as he had me in his power he kept his word.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

Crime is a product of social excess.
- Vladimir Lenin

Stopping crime before it occurs is the most effective
crime fighting tool of all.
- Blanche Lincoln

Crime and the fear of crime have permeated the fabric of American life.
- Warren E. Burger

In a colony constituted like that of New South Wales,
the proportion of crime must of course be great.
- Charles Sturt

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


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