An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





He may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


A functioning police state needs no police.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


A really good detective never gets married.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


There is nothing more unaesthetic than a policeman.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


We now in the United States have more security guards for the rich than we have police services for the poor districts. If you're looking for personal security, far better to move to the suburbs than to pay taxes in New York.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them.


Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, Anglo-American filmmaker)


If it were possible to make an accurate calculation of the evils which police regulations occasion, and of those which they prevent, the number of the former would, in all cases, exceed that of the latter.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


At one time my only wish was to be a police official. It seemed to me to be an occupation for my sleepless intriguing mind. I had the idea that there, among criminals, were people to fight: clever, vigorous, crafty fellows. Later I realized that it was good that I did not become one, for most police cases involve misery and wretchedness -- not crimes and scandals.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.


David Mamet (1947-, American playwright)


You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch, therefore bear you the lantern.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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