Quotations About / On:
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).)
Every murder turns on a bright hot light, and a lot of people ... have to walk out of the shadows.
(Mark Hellinger (1903-1947), U.S. journalist, scriptwriter, producer. The Naked City, scripted by Albert Maltz and Marvin Wald (1948).
Narrating his last production.)
I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc.2, Gallimard (1948).)
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).)
Of what violences, murders, depredations, have not the epic poets, from all antiquity, been the occasion, by propagating false honor, false glory, and false religion?
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Charlotte Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 6, letter 45, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.
(Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 5 (1967, trans. 1983).)
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).)
A commitment to sexual equality with males ... is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
(Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, October 12, 1974, at the National Organization for Women Conference on Sexuality, New York City. "Renouncing Sexual 'Equality'," ch. 2, published in Our Blood (1976).)
It is just possible that the tensions in a novel of murder are the simplest and yet most complete pattern of the tensions on which we live in this generation.
(Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Oct. 17, 1948, to critic James Sandoe. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).)
Students of history are horror-struck at the massacres of old; but in the shambles, men are being murdered to-day.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 161, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
Read from a scroll.)