Quotations About / On: MURDER

  • 31.
    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).)
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  • 32.
    The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
    (Jim Morrison (1943-1971), U.S. rock musician. Quoted in Andrew Doe and John Tobler, In Their Own Words: The Doors, ch. 1 (1988).)
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  • 33.
    The boys with their feet on the desks know that the easiest murder case in the world to break is the one somebody tried to get very cute with; the one that really bothers them is the murder somebody only thought of two minutes before he pulled it off.
    (Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. "The Simple Art of Murder," Atlantic Monthly (Boston, Dec. 1944, repr. 1950).)
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  • 34.
    When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Crime and Punishment," Man and Superman (1903).)
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  • 35.
    You've committed murder just as much as Hélène did. You killed a fly with a human head, she killed a human with a fly head. If she murdered so did you.
    (James Clavell (b. 1924), Australian, and Kurt Neumann. François Delambre (Vincent Price), The Fly, to the Inspector, who has just killed the human-headed fly (1957). Clavell is a naturalized American. Based on a story by George Langelaan.)
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  • 36.
    In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed—they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
    (Orson Welles (1915-84), U.S. filmmaker, actor. The Third Man (1949). contributed by Welles to Graham Greene's screenplay of the film in which Welles starred. Welles later claimed that the speech was based on a fragment of an old Hungarian play.)
  • 37.
    For most of the guys killings got to be accepted. Murder was the only way everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got whacked. Everybody knew the rules.
    (Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover as Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro) finish killing Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) (1990).)
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  • 38.
    The newspaper has debauched the American until he is a slavish, simpering, and angerless citizen; it has taught him to be a lump mass-man toward fraud, simony, murder, and lunacies more vile than those of Commodus or Caracalla.
    (Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Peopleless Fiction," Alms for Oblivion (1964).)
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  • 39.
    Oh yes, children often commit murders. And quite clever ones, too. Some murderers, particularly the distinguished ones who are going to make great names for themselves, start amazingly early.... Like mathematicians and musicians. Poets develop later.
    (John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Reginald Tasker (Gage Clarke), The Bad Seed, answering Mrs. Penmark's question over cocktails (1956).)
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  • 40.
    It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Jacob's Room, ch. 9 (1922).)
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