Quotations About / On: MURDER
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).)
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).)
AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 7 (1989).)
Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbour's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 21 (1871-1872).)
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).)
It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!
(May Sarton (b. 1912), U.S. poet, novelist. Hilary Stevens, in Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, pt. 2 (1965).)