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QUOTES ON STEALING


Mornings, before daylight, I slipped into corn fields 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, sometime; but the widow said it warn't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn.

There was no getting around the stubborn fact that taking sweetmeats was only "hooking," while taking bacon and hams and such valuables was plain simple stealing—and there was a command against that in the Bible. So they inwardly resolved that so long as they remained in the business, their piracies should not again be sullied with the crime of stealing.

Thieves for their robbery have authority
When judges steal themselves.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

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