quotations about stealing
Thou shalt not steal.
BIBLE, Exodus 20:15
A person who steals just does not believe that God can provide for him. The person does not believe that God can prepare a table for him in the wilderness so he prepared his own table using his neighbour's property. Beloved, stealing is self preparation of such evil table and such tables do not last. A person who trusts God with all his heart will never steal.
D. K. OLUKOYA, The Tragedy of Stealing
The petty thief is imprisoned but the big thief becomes a feudal lord.
ZHUANGZI, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu
LLONA ANDREWS, Fate's Edge
The real reason why Robin Hood robbed only the rich was that the poor had no money.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Where there's property, there's theft.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Dispossessed
Everybody steals from everybody, that's Hollywood.
JON FAVREAU, Swingers
It's not the goods that matter. It's the theft itself. That's what counts.
WALTER WYKES, Fading Joy
Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very impolite thing to do. But like most impolite things, it is excusable under certain circumstances. Stealing is not excusable if, for instance, you are in a museum and you decide that a certain painting would look better in your house, and you simply grab the painting and take it there. But if you were very, very hungry, and you had no way of obtaining money, it would be excusable to grab the painting, take it to your house, and eat it.
DANIEL HANDLER, (as Lemony Snicket), The Wide Window
The sweets of pillage can be known
To no one but the thief,
Compassion for integrity
Is his divinest grief.
EMILY DICKINSON, "The sweets of pillage can be known"
The robb'd that smiles, steals something from the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello
Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
G. K. CHESTERTON, The Man Who Was Thursday
To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.
ABBIE HOFFMAN, Steal This Book
Mornings before daylight I slipped into cornfields and borrowed a watermelon, or a mushmelon, or a punkin, or some new corn, or things of that kind. Pap always said it warn't no harm to borrow things if you was meaning to pay them back some time; but the widow said it warn't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.
MARK TWAIN, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The hands and fingers have a good deal to do with stealing; and the history of many a man's life is written by his ten fingers.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, attributed, Day's Collacon
A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV, Part I
Kill a man's family, and he may brook it,
But keep your hands out of his breeches' pocket.
LORD BYRON, Don Juan
Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn.
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
You believe stealing is wrong, but if your family was starving and could not afford bread, wouldn't you say it's okay to steal a loaf to feed them?
A. J. DARKHOLME, Rise of the Morningstar
For de small stealing dey puts you in jail, soon or late. But for de big stealing dey puts yo' picture in de paper and yo' statue in de Hall of Fame when you croaks! If dey's one thing I learned in ten years, listenin' to de white quality on de Pullman cars, it's dat same fact. And when I gets a chance to use it -- from stowaway to Emperor in two years. Dat's goin' some!
EUGENE O'NEILL, Four Plays