Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed— would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever.
The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. "Off with His Head!!" she said, without even looking round.
"And a crime is a crime. You gotta understand-humans, we all bend the rules a little. Not [the Tha'latta]. One of them breaks a rule, he's gonna break them all. Defective. They got no concept of being just a little bad."
—Doyle, "The Lydian Option"
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
—The Bible, James 2:10 (New International Version)
Most offenses are punishable by death because the lesser ones deserve it and I have no greater punishment for the more important ones.
—Draco, ancient Athenian legislator (who is the source of the adjective "draconian," by the way)
The sheriff has asked me to read off the punishments for breaking each of her two-hundred and twenty-three laws, but I figured I'd save everyone some time and just say this: DEATH. The punishment for everything is death! So please, keep your head down and be cool!
—Deputy Winger, Borderlands 2
It is a melancholy truth, that among the variety of actions which men are daily liable to commit, no less than a hundred and sixty have been declared by Act of Parliament to be felonious without benefit of clergy; or, in other words, to be worthy of instant death
—William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England
TV announcer: This is the first execution to be held under the new law passed by the board of legislators that extends capital punishment to traffic offences. Francis Narrows (?) is about to pay the ultimate price for making an illegal left turn. Beside me is Lorraine Newbound, head of the Miami chapter of the League Against Non-Capital Punishment. Now, Ms. Newbound, you are of course in favor of this new law.
Ms. Newbound: Absolutely. I just wish they would go one step further and include non-moving violations.
TV announcer: Parking offences?
Ms. Newbound: Well, a crime is a crime. Why should we pay good money for jails just to keep criminals alive? Death to all crooks! (smiles in joy)
The Capital Wasteland lacks a unified government, and any institutional system of crime and punishment. If you wrong someone, prepare to pay with your life.
—Fallout3 loading screen
There is no sin greater than another in God's eyes. He sees a lie and a homicide the same way.