Wikipedia and Snopes cite his autobiography as denying he ever said he robbed banks because "that's where the money is."

"If anybody had asked me, I'd have probably said it. That's what almost anybody would say…it couldn't be more obvious.

"Or could it?

"Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I'd be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that's all."

"Go where the money is…and go there often."

How many of us feel fully alive as we try to sneak a few coins out of the vault before the flexions notice anything is amiss?

According to Wikipedia, Sutton was arrested four months after Thomson's home run when a clothing salesman recognized him on the subway. The Mafia killed the clothing salesman a month later "because he was a 'squealer'".

I grew up in the Boston area, where the Irish tradition of contempt for informants was very strong. When my family moved west, I was astonished to see a sign on a highway in Washington state that said:

Fine for littering $250

Report violators: 1-800-xxx-xxxx





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  1. steve on September 19, 2010 11:56 am

    I see the same mentality at work at a poker table. Or rather in the world of a true gambler. They live for the action, The competition, the thrill, the action, the notoriety, whatever it is and it is different for each individual. I really don’t know any gamblers who do it just for the money.

    I like some of the quotes from Rounders the movie and Canada Bill Jones.

    “Some people consider it a crime to take money off some mark, I consider it a crime not to.”

    “You can shear a sheep many times but you can skin him only once.”

    “I know it’s crooked but it is the only game in town.”



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