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If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage. Frank Moore Colby
The looting of archeological sites and museums in Iraq particularly has reached industrial proportions. Irina Bokova
You remember Huston's plan. I want it implemented on a thievery basis. God damn it. Blow the safe and get it. Richard Nixon
If any one is convicted of theft, let his head by shaved …; let melted pitch be poured upon it, and feathers shaken over it, that he may be known … let him be set on shore at the first land to which the ship approaches. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
Cut off the hands of thieves. It is an exemplary punishment from Allah. Muhammad
Anyone here own 4 suits? Three suits? Even 2 suits? Well J. P. Morgan has over 100 suits, each one stolen off the back of a working man. Huey P. Long
I am a gentleman. I live by robbing the poor. George Bernard Shaw
The Arab leaders and tyrannical regimes have used Israel as a pretext. True, Israel has exhausted many Arab resources, but nevertheless, I say that the regimes have exhausted the resources of their own countries, have smuggled and stolen more than the war against Israel has cost us. Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
Cars are getting stolen every day. Charles H. Ramsey
In a country with glaring evidence of persuasive corruption and impunity at all tiers of government, it is morally unjustifiable to amputate the hands of these impoverished people for petty theft, in the name of Puritanism. Malam Shehu Sanni
The rain, it raineth on the just And also on the unjust fella: But chiefly on the just, because The unjust steals the just’s umbrella. Charles Bowen
… countries that are behind in their industrial and scientific development are tempted at times to steal those technologies from other countries. John Negroponte
All amassing of wealth or hoarding of wealth above and beyond one's legitimate needs is theft. Mohandas K. Gandhi
There are three ways by which an individual can get wealth—by work, by gift, and by theft. And, clearly, the reason why the workers get so little is that the beggars and thieves get so much. Henry George
We will that every man above 12 years make oath that he will neither be a thief nor cognizant of theft Canute
Rogues and vagabonds are often stocked and whipped; scolds are ducked upon cucking-stools in the water. Such felons as stand mute, and speak not at their arraignment, are pressed to death by huge weights laid upon a board, that lieth over their breast, and a sharp stone under their backs; and these commonly held their peace, thereby to save their goods unto their wives and children, which, if they were condemned, should be confiscated to the prince William Harrison
“Capital” is a sort of cabalistic word, like “Church” or “State,” or any other of those general terms which are invented by those who fleece the rest of mankind to conceal the hand that shears them. Thomas Hodgskin
It’s very clear. It’s in our platform. Taxation is theft. Dave Hollist
If white settlers just took the land from us without paying for it, we can, in a similar way, just take it from them without paying for it. Robert Mugabe
If a thief commits a theft by night, if the owner kills the thief, the thief shall be killed lawfully Rome
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death Book of Exodus
Every slave is a stolen man. William Lloyd Garrison
A merchant that loads his vessel in the West Indies with the proceeds of slavery does nearly as much at helping forward the slave trade as he that loads his vessel in Africa with slaves. They are both twisting the rope at different ends. It is paradoxical that a man will refuse to buy a stolen sheep, or eat a piece of one that is stolen and should not have the same scruples respecting a stolen man Charles Osborn
If the government will not do something to keep the Utes from starving, then they will have to steal. Kit Carson
The most egregious predatory states produce predatory societies. People do not get rich through productive activity and honest risk taking; they get rich by manipulating power and privilege, by stealing from the state, extracting from the weak, and shirking the law. Larry Diamond
We live in a world with "free" content, and this freedom is not an imperfection. We listen to the radio without paying for the songs we hear; we hear friends humming tunes that they have not licensed. We tell jokes that reference movie plots without the permission of the directors. We read our children books, borrowed from a library, without paying the original copyright holder for the performance rights. Lawrence Lessig
The conquering army burnt villages, devastated the land, plundered people’s wealth, took Brahmins and children and women of all classes captive, flogged with thongs of raw hide, carried a moving prison with it, and converted the prisoners into obsequious slaves. Padmanabha
When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fraudulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. We were not lawful nor were we just in what we did. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreements, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues. Marlon Brando
It seems to me a very unjust thing to take away a man's life for [stealing] a little money; for nothing in the world can be of equal value with a man's life: and if it is said that it is not for the money that one suffers, but for his breaking the law, I must say extreme justice is an extreme injury; for we ought not to approve of these terrible laws that make the smallest offences capital, nor of that opinion of the Stoics that makes all crimes equal, as if there were no difference to be made between the killing a man and the taking his purse, between which, if we examine things impartially, there is no likeness nor proportion. God has commanded us not to kill, and shall we kill so easily for a little money? Thomas More
Civil Propriety is the Curse, is manifest thus, Those that Buy and Sell Land, and are landlords, have got it either by Oppression, or Murther, or Theft; and all landlords lives in the breach of the Seventh and Eighth Commandements, Thous shalt not steal, nor kill. Gerrard Winstanley
I have, for many years past, contemplated the noble races of red men who are now spread over these trackless forests and boundless prairies, melting away at the approach of civilization. Their rights invaded, their morals corrupted, their lands wrested from them, their customs changed, and therefore lost to the world; and they at last sunk into the earth, and the ploughshare turning the sod over their graves, and I have flown to their rescue--not of their lives or of their race (for they are "doomed" and must perish), but to the rescue of their looks and their modes, at which the acquisitive world may hurl their poison and every besom of destruction, and trample them down and crush them to death George Catlin
A Fox may steal your Hens, Sir, A Whore your Health and Pence, Sir, Your Daughter rob your Chest, Sir, Your Wife may steal your Rest, Sir. A Thief your Goods and Plate. But this is all but picking, With Rest, Pence, Chest and Chicken; It ever was decreed, Sir, If Lawyer's Hand is free'd, Sir, He steals your whole Estate. The Lawyers are bitter Enemies to those in our Way [thieves]. They don't care that any body should get a clandestine Livelihood but themselves. John Gay
Go to the streets and ask for work. If they don’t give you work, ask for bread. If they don’t give you bread, then take it. Emma Goldman
Unless something is done to prevent it, the emigrants would carry out their threats and rob every one of the outlying settlements in the South, and that the whole Mormon people were liable to be butchered by the troops that the emigrants would bring back with them from California Isaac C. Haight
Guerrilla parties are making dreadful slaughter upon the Union men in Missouri and stealing and destroying their property... The entire route across the State... bears the marks of the ravages of war... Anarchy reigns in Missouri. Julia Louisa Lovejoy
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal Jewish Proverb
An egg thief becomes a camel thief. Persian Proverb
Monarchy is only the string that ties the robber's bundle Percy Bysshe Shelley
What is war but murder and theft committed by great numbers on great numbers? William Ralph Inge
Negro Stealing Anonymous
Immense sums were filched from the poor and ignorant. Thomas Jefferson
Virtually all Federal accounting is still oriented toward preventing fraud and theft, not toward controlling costs. John Steele Gordon
I urge you to help me in my battle for Christian values. Randy Duke Cunningham
Every nation is a band of robbers, who prey without restraint, or remorse, on their neighbors. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
That those tribes can not exist surrounded by our settlements and in continual contact with our citizens is certain. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear. Such has been their fate heretofore, and if it is to be averted -- and it is -- it can only be done by a general removal beyond our boundary and by the reorganization of their political system upon principles adapted to the new relations in which they will be placed. Andrew Jackson
No less a philosopher than Chief Justice Burger was outraged by Ellsberg's publication of classified documents. They belonged to the Government, Burger reasoned, and Ellsberg had no more right to give them to the people than he would have to filch another man's property off a taxicab seat. The Government, of course, commonly leaks classified documents when it deems publication convenient to manipulate public opinion to its advantage. Only the Government, it seems, has a legal right to manipulate opinion with hot documents. Russell Baker
The great thieves are leading away the little thief. Diogenes
This is not a recession. It’s a robbery! Anonymous
They lied, they cheated, they stole, they had the power to do it and they did. Jack Valenti
My friends, my brothers! I know why you are coming to cross the river . . . our land is hungry, and offers little food. But it will always be this way, unless you young men give your strength to the fields around your homes. The few cattle you bring home will be gone before you know it, and you will have to risk your lives again and again to steal more. And what is becoming of the small flocks you were given? They are starving, because you have been neglecting them. The Navajos have suffered drought before, and lived through it without making enemies on every side of their land. If you dig deep enough, you will find water. If your thoughts become harmonious, the rain will come. Give your hearts to your own land, not to the trails which lead to your neighbors' land. Barboncito
I wish I were getting a percentage of the sales, but I feel complimented actually because these people can steal anything from anybody. They haven’t paid for any of these pictures… They like my pictures so much that they continually steal them over and over again. Bob Gruen
…sharing out of the goods of others is the theft under the banner of equality. Jean Bodin
It would be necessary to eliminate the excessive regard and esteem for wealth, because the craving for riches erodes the desire for true glory, prevents the cultivation of the virtues and results in countless seizures of what belongs to others, as well as many other dishonorable actions. Francesco Guicciardini
…it would be much better to enable every man to earn his own living, instead of being driven to the awful necessity of stealing and then dying for it. Thomas More
You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The whites didn’t really steal the land, because the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves John Wayne
One fact, when I was a slave, often filled me with indignation. There were many poor white lads of about my own age, belonging to families scattered around, who were as poor in personal effects as we were; and yet, though our companions, (when we chose to tolerate them,) they did not have to be controlled by a master, to go and come at his command, to be sold for his debts, or whenever he wanted extra pocket-money. The preachers of a slave-trading gospel frequently told us, in their sermons, that we should be "good boys," and not break into master's hen-roost, nor steal his bacon; but they never told this to these poor white people, although they knew very well that they encouraged the slaves to steal, trafficked in stolen goods, and stole themselves. William Parker
One of the very most useful of all inventions, but rendered almost worthless & a cold & deliberate theft & swindle by the black scoundrelism & selfishness of the companies of chartered robbers who conduct it. Mark Twain
His [Prime Minister Robert Peel’s] life has been one great appropriation clause. He is a burglar of others’ intellects. There is no statesman who has committed political petty larceny on so great a scale. Benjamin Disraeli
I am not quibbling, but there's a difference between something that's illegal and something that's clandestine. An entry into something like Dr. Fielding's office would simply be called an entry operation conducted under the auspices of competent authority. E. Howard Hunt
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It is with the deepest mortification the general commanding finds it necessary to reiterate his orders for the preservation of the property of the inhabitants of the district occupied by the troops under his command.” “The troops must behave themselves with as much forbearance and propriety as if they were at their own homes. Irvin McDowell
We have decriminalized Wall Street malfeasance. Mark Shields
59 percent of the grain allotted for public distribution to the poor in India does not reach its intended recipients ; instead, it is siphoned off by middlemen and crooked Government officials and then sold on the Black Market. World Bank
Secrecy helps give oil wealth its democracy-repelling powers: citizens are satisfied with low taxes and seemingly generous benefits only when they do not realize how much of their country’s wealth is being lost to theft, corruption, and government incompetence. Michael L. Ross
The moral state of society was most terrible. We stole from ourselves, took and gave bribes, lied in the reports, in newspapers, from high podiums. And all of this from top to bottom; from bottom to top. Nikolai Ryzhkov
Ripping off is an act of revolutionary love. Abbie Hoffman
Stealing from capitalism is not like stealing out of our own pockets. Marx and Lenin have taught us that anything is ethical, so long as it is in the interest of the proletarian class and its world revolution. Nicolae Ceausescu
If South Korea can reduce the risk that its firms will imitate and reverse engineer technology invented abroad, foreign firms become less hesitant to transfer technology to South Korean partners. Marcus Noland
We are sometimes up against a flat refusal to apply this law rigidly. One People's Judge told me flatly that he could never bring himself to throw someone in jail for stealing four ears. What we're up against here is a deep prejudice, imbibed with their mother's milk... a mistaken belief that people should be tried in accordance not with the Party's political guidelines but with considerations of "higher justice”. Nikolai Vasilyevich Krylenko
We have rebelled against all controls and religions, all laws and judgments which the mighty sought to foist upon us. We kept to our dedication and our missions. By these will the State be judged, by the moral character it imparts to its citizens, by the human values determining its inner and outward relations, and by its fidelity, in thought and act, to the supreme behest: "and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Here is crystallized the eternal law of Judaism, and all the written ethics in the world can say no more. The State will be worthy of its name only if its systems, social and economic, political and legal, are based upon these imperishable words. They are more than a formal precept which can be construed as passive or negative: not to deprive, not to rob, not to oppress, not to hurt. David Ben-Gurion
All Dutchmen heartily loathed the British who have ruined our manufactures, devastated our trade and dragged us into a ruinous war contrary to our own interests. Their soldiers steal and plunder everywhere. Volkier Rudolph Bentnick
The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale has also the power to control the government and legalize their robbery. Eugene V. Debs
In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing. James Russell Lowell
gangs with no claims whatsoever to legitimacy. They are funded by theft and the basis of all their operations is aggression. They're no more entitled to keep their activities secret than any other gaggle of murderers, rapists and thieves is.. Tomas L. Knapp
I insist that the commandment, "Thou shalt not steal," applies as much to the monopolist as to the highwayman. William Jennings Bryan
I don’t think it is right that we spend the money to investigate only to have the laws give immunity retroactively. Maybe there should be protection for political decisions. But if you stole a million dollars you should be treated like a common criminal. Leandros Rakintzis
I have always seen pollution as theft. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
To go as pirates and catch up poor Negroes or people of another land, that never forfeited life or liberty, and to make them slaves, and sell them, is one of the worst kinds of thievery in the world. Roger Williams
All Indian property captured from this date will belong to the corps or detachment making it. Thomas Jesup
We’ve got more capacity than anybody both offensively and defensively. Barack Obama
There are the good and bad and every morrally ambiguous shade in between. Matt Vella