Here's a nice quote my father (who collects quotes) sent along:
"Licensed prostitution, direct material theft, house-breaking, murder, brigandage for the lower classes; while skillful spoilation, indirect, refined theft, clever exploitation of human cattle, carefully planned and brilliantly executed betrayals, transcendent pieces of sharp practice in short, all the truly elegant vices and lucrative crimes which the law is far too ppolite to interrupt remain th monopoly of the upper classes."
La Phalange (French Newspaper) Published 1 Dec 1838. Source ISBN 0-394-49942-5, notes, p324.
Still true today.