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Quotations About / On: MURDER

  • 11.
    What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.
    (P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James (b. 1920), British mystery writer. interview in Face (London, Dec. 1986). Pseudonym of Phyllis Dorothy James White.)
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  • 12.
    Are you suggesting that we reopen the Opera with a murder as an added attraction?
    (Eric Taylor, Leroux, and Arthur Lubin. Lecours (Fritz Feld), Phantom of the Opera, reacting to Daubert's suggestion that they reopen the Opera despite the Phantom's threats (1943). Adaptation by John Jacoby. Based on the composition "Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux.)
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  • 13.
    There are glances of hatred that stab, and raise no cry of murder.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Felix Holt, the Radical, introduction (1866).)
  • 14.
    One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify, my good fellow.
    (Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director, and Orson Welles. Monsieur Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), Monsieur Verdoux, said to a reporter (Herb Vigran) before Verdoux is led to the guillotine (1947).)
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  • 15.
    You can't murder a man who's been dead for five centuries.
    (Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Lambert Hillyer. Prof. Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), Dracula's Daughter, defending himself against the charge of having murdered Count Dracula (1936). Story suggested by Oliver Jeffries; the character's name is Von Helsing here, although it was Van Helsing in Dracula. Based on a story by Bram Stoker.)
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  • 16.
    Bigotry murders religion, to frighten fools with her ghost.
    (C.C. (Charles Caleb) Colton (1780-1832), British author, clergyman. Lacon, vol. 1, no. 101 (1820).)
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  • 17.
    Television has brought back murder into the home—where it belongs.
    (Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Observer (London, Dec. 19, 1965).)
  • 18.
    It's a pity you didn't know when you started your game of murder, that I was playing, too.
    (Robb White, and William Castle. Frederick Loren (Vincent Price), House on Haunted Hill, near the end of the movie (1958).)
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  • 19.
    Murder offers the promise of vast relief. It is never unsexual.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 1, Dial (1965).)
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  • 20.
    It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi, pt. I (1952).)
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