Quotations About / On: MURDER
The facts of a person's life will, like murder, come out.
(Norman Sherry (b. 1925), British educator, author. quoted in International Herald Tribune (Paris, Sept. 15, 1989).)
The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences for Contemporaries (1947-1948).)
Curiosity, easily frightened, takes refuge in puzzles, murder mysteries, and spectator sports.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
I didn't want murder. It's all gone wrong.
(Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Vincent Rapallo (Frank Silvera), Killer's Kiss, after kidnapping a witness to a murder whom he might kill (1955).)
A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).)
They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
(William Congreve (1670-1729), British dramatist. Fainall, in The Way of the World, act 1, sc. 1 (1700).)
Murder is catching.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 35, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).)
Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Escalus, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 1.
Following Romeo's killing of Tybalt.)
We murder to dissect.
(William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. The Tables Turned (l. 28). . .
The Poems; Vol. 1 [William Wordsworth]. John O. Hayden, ed. (1977, repr. 1990) Penguin Books.)
Better for man to toil for his family than stray on lanes that murder them under fake names whose greed is salient.
(One should be aware of persons whose motives are disguised.)