I read it on the Kindle, so I felt no compunctions about highlighting interesting quotes as I went. Here are some:
". . . people want to believe in magic and secrets and there are other people who will satisfy those beliefs for money and power."
"A man fighting another man for dominance will try to beat him, but a man who thinks that he is fighting a woman for dominance will be seeking to punish her. Punishment is much worse."
"There is a chilling video available of the murder of Deputy Kyle Dinkheller taken from his dashboard camera. Even as the threat loads a rifle, Deputy Dinkheller stays locked in a verbal loop, repeating, over and over, 'Stop that,' and 'Stop loading that rifle!' He continues in that loop until he is shot."
"EMTs are taught that one of the earliest signs of shock is agitation or nervousness. Far more often than I've seen agitation, I've noticed another symptom and it applies to shock, hypothermia, dehydration, hunger, sleep deprivation, and stress hormones: People tend to get really stupid ideas and then become extremely stubborn about them."
"Don't think of territory wholly as space. True, people identify with their territory and will fight for their homes, their 'turf,' or their 'hood.' But they are fighting for their identity, not the piece of ground. Violence is so psychologically damaging, not because of the physical damage but because of the attack on self-image, the attack on one's identity."
Miller's thoughts on people who are in prison are interesting, too, although he of course sees prisoners from the prison guard's perspective. Miller classifies prisoners into 1) people who made a mistake, 2) hustlers, and 3) predators; he believes that a major failing of the criminal justice system is that it assumes most people in prison are in category 1, which Miller opines is the rarest class of criminal, hustlers and predators being more common. He very much looks down on hustlers, but I think that category is rather broad, encompassing as it does everybody from con artists deliberately out to abuse the system to the kind of poor folks David Simon writes about, for whom everything's a hustle in the efforts to get by.