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Catch me if you can

by Frank W. Abagnale

Pagina 9 - 15 September 2018
Modesty is not one of my virtues.

Pagina 15 - 15 September 2018
What bothered me most was their lack of style. I learned early that class is universally admired. Almost any fault, sin or crime is considered more leniently if there's a touch of class involved.

Pagina 43 - 15 September 2018
A bedroom can be an excellent classroom.

Pagina 48 - 15 September 2018
It was a procedural pattern I followed, with variations, for the next two years. Modus operandi, the cops call it.

Pagina 65 - 17 September 2018
And all day long I'd go around feeling like Hippocrates in my hypocrite's mantle.

Pagina 81 - 17 September 2018
I regarded my actual lack of academic qualifications merely a technicality, and in my four months of legal cramming I'd learned the law is full of technicalities. Technicalities are what screw up justice.

Pagina 100 - 17 September 2018
As someone once observed, there is no right way to do something wrong.

Pagina 100 - 17 September 2018
Observation is a skill that can be developed, but I was born blessed (or cursed) with the ability to pick up on details and items the average man overlooks.

Pagina 119 - 18 September 2018
I learned later that I was the first cheque swindler to use the routing numbers racket. It drove bankers up the wall. The didn't know what the hell was going on. They do now, and they owe me.

Pagina 123 - 18 September 2018
It would have been prudent of me to live as quietly and discreetly as possible under an assumed name in some out-of-the-way foreign niche. I recognized the merits of such course, but prudence wa a quality I didn't seem to possess.

Pagina 123 - 18 September 2018
I was fully aware that I was on a mad carousel ride.

Pagina 128 - 18 September 2018
My God, I was now having my fictitious cheques cleared on the telephone and by Pan Am itself.

Pagina 130 - 18 September 2018
While I was debating with myself, I flew to Boston, where I got myself flung into jail and robbed a bank. The former was a shock, like an unplanned pregnancy. The latter was the result of an irresistible impulse.

Pagina 148 - 18 September 2018
I wasn't interested in her lack of virtues. I was attracted by her obvious vices.

Pagina 153 - 18 September 2018
I was, undertandably, nervous and apprehensive at the outset of my scheme, but I plunged ahead recklessly.

Pagina 158 - 18 September 2018
Only rarely was I challenged to display my creative criminality.

Pagina 186 - 18 September 2018
The words were spoken calmly and without heat, much in the manner, in fact, of giving directions to a stranger, cooperative but not really friendly.

Pagina 218 - 18 September 2018
We have given away so much information that anyone anywhere can become anybody at anytime. [From the interview with the author in the appendix.]