Other people have done what you're doing, then they're sorry afterwards. You needn't be. Sooner or later, Bowers would be committing other robberies. Killing maybe. He'd have to. It's the only way he can live. Perhaps that's our fault. It probably is. But it's too late. He hasn't got a chance. You've saved a lot of people a lot of grief. I don't think that's going to help me sleep nights.
Charles Schnee (1916–1963), U.S. screenwriter, and Nicholas Ray (1911–1979). Commissioner Hubbell (Charles Meredith) to Mattie (Helen Craig), They Live by Night, after Mattie has turned in Bowie Bowers (Farley Granger), a young robbery accomplice mistakenly perceived as a cold-blooded killer (1948).
Screenplay adapted by Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), from the novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson.