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A collection of quotes and thoughts by J. Edgar Hoover on philosophy, belief, war, FBI, people, information, crime, law, justice, America and government.

9 J. Edgar Hoover Quotes That Prove He Was A Brainbox

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First Director of FBI

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Federal Bureau of Investigation

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The founder of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), J. Edgar Hoover was an illustrious American law enforcement administrator. He served as the Director of Bureau of Investigation for close to four decades. He is accredited with initiating various modernizations to police technology, including forensic laboratories and centralized fingerprint file besides, turning the FBI into an extensive crime-fighting agency. However, after his death, evidences of his self-contained abuses of power came to light turning him into a controversial figure. The evidences suggested that he surpassed the jurisdiction of the FBI, used illicit methods to collect evidences and used his powers to pester activists and political dissenters.

We have collected some popular and noteworthy quotations and thoughts by the distinguished yet contentious figure.

A look at some famous known quotes and sayings by J. Edgar Hoover on justice, legacy, books, communism, atheism, family, facts, organization, mind, tenacity, secrets, bureau, power and the FBI.

There is something addictive about secrets.

- J. Edgar Hoover

Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.

- J. Edgar Hoover

Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo.

- J. Edgar Hoover

No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family.

- J. Edgar Hoover

The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair.

- J. Edgar Hoover

I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.

- J. Edgar Hoover

Banks are an almost irresistible attraction for that element of our society which seeks unearned money.

- J. Edgar Hoover

We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don't clear anybody. We don't condemn anybody.

- J. Edgar Hoover

Justice is merely incidental to law and order.

- J. Edgar Hoover