Stealing Quotes

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Lemony Snicket
“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.”
Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window

J.K. Rowling
“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

Criss Jami
“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Roger Zelazny
“Nobody steals books but your friends.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon

Scott Lynch
“I've got kids that enjoy stealing. I've got kids that don't think about stealing one way or the other, and I've got kids that just tolerate stealing because they know they've got nothing else to do. But nobody--and I mean nobody--has ever been hungry for it like this boy. If he had a bloody gash across his throat and a physiker was trying to sew it up, Lamora would steal the needle and thread and die laughing. He...steals too much.”
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

William Shakespeare
“The robb'd that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”
William Shakespeare, Othello

John Wesley
“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”
John Wesley

William Shakespeare
“I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.”
William Shakespeare, Othello

Cassandra Clare
“She looked around. They had drifted far away from the bank of the canal. "Are we stealing this boat?"
"Stealing' is such an ugly word," he mused.
"What do you want to call it?"
He picked her up and swung her around before putting her down. "An extreme case of window-shopping.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

Terry Pratchett
“The thief, as will become apparent, was a special type of thief. This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.”
Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Just because you have stolen someone's heart, luckily owned and occupied as a home, doesn't give you the audacity to enforce hurtful policies.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Lian Tanner
“But there are some things, child, that you should steal. That you must steal, if you have enough love and courage in your heart. You must snatch freedom from the hands of the tyrant. You must spirit away innocent lives before they are destroyed. You must hide secret and sacred places.”
Lian Tanner, Museum of Thieves

L.M. Montgomery
“Steal not this book for fear of shame

For on it is the owners name

And when you die the Lord will say

Where is the book you stole away

And when you say you do not know

The Lord will say go down below.”
L.M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon

Daniel Nayeri
“If you don't get caught, you deserve everything you steal.”
Daniel Nayeri, Another Faust

Abbie Hoffman
“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

Zhuangzi
“The petty thief is imprisoned but the big thief becomes a feudal lord.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Ilona Andrews
“Stealers, keepers.”
Ilona Andrews, Fate's Edge

Paul Acampora
“Shelving books incorrectly is as good as stealing them. It's almost worse.”
Paul Acampora, I Kill the Mockingbird

Julian Barnes
“Most people, in my opinion, steal much of what they are. If they didn't what poor items they would be.”
Julian Barnes, England, England

Robert J. Sawyer
“If theft is advantageous to everyone who succeeds at it, and adultery is a good strategy, at least for males, for increasing presence in the gene pool, why do we feel they are wrong? Shouldn't the only morality that evolution produces be the kind Bill Clinton had - being sorry you got caught?”
Robert J. Sawyer, Calculating God

John Kremer
“Don't sell yourself short. No one will value you. Set a fair price for you, your book, your services, whatever it is that you have to offer. Most of us set way too low a price. Put it a little higher than you would normally be inclined to do. The worst that can happen is someone will come along and steal it.”
John Kremer, 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers

Elizabeth Scott
“My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.”
Elizabeth Scott, Stealing Heaven

George Orwell
“The food we were given was no more than eatable, but the patron was not mean about drink; he allowed us two litres of wine a day each, knowing that if a plongeur is not given two litres he will steal three.”
George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

Mohsin Hamid
“You see, it is my passionately held belief that the right to possess property is at best a contingent one. When disparities become too great, a superior right, that to life, outweighs the right to property. Ergo, the very poor have the right to steal from the very rich.”
Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke

Howard Tayler
“Yes, but none of them can steal my ship.

None of them are smart enough to know that it was the right thing to do at the time.”
Howard Tayler, Resident Mad Scientist

“Don’t let yourself to become so weak that you’ve to beg for the stealing of your love, but for the heart to conquer your feelings and emotions.”
Avanish Kumar

Richard Kadrey
“There's only one way to steal a car and not feel guilty about it, and that's to steal the most expensive car you can find. That way, you know that it carries the maximum insurance possible, so whatever happens, the owner is covered.”
Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim

Richard Kadrey
“Thievery pays for the tools, and the work shows me the mind of God. Stealing is a lot like alchemy, you know. In each, we each try to find what is beautiful and hidden and make it ours.”
Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim

Marie Lu
“That's another thing to love about me. I steal.”
Marie Lu, The Young Elites

David R. Gillham
“So you mean to say that you’ve become an accomplished thief.”
“I mean to say that stealing is sometimes a moral imperative.”
David R. Gillham, City of Women

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