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).)
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.)
The horror of Gandhi's murder lies not in the political motives behind it or in its consequences for Indian policy or for the future of non-violence; the horror lies simply in the fact that any man could look into the face of this extraordinary person and deliberately pull a trigger.
(Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), U.S. author, critic. On the Contrary (1961). "Gandhi," pt. 1, first publ. (1949).)
My chance, when it came, was due, literally, to the fact that I was slender.... You cannot make an opera audience believe that a man will endanger his soul, and commit robbery and murder for a very stout lady's sake.
(Maria Jeritza (1887-1982), Austrian opera singer. Sunlight and Song, ch. 21 (1924).
Explaining why she was selected to sing the role of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love.)
He said that private practice in medicine ought to be put down by law. When I asked him why, he said that private doctors were ignorant licensed murders.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Jennifer Dubedate, paraphrasing Dr. Blenkinsop, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
What do you know what goes on inside a man's mind? Outside he may look like a gentleman, but inside ' e may 'ave the 'ankering for murder.
(Lester Cole (1904-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Kurt Siodmak (1902-1988), German. Joe May. Chauffeur, The Invisible Man Returns, to the butler, who is sure Sir Geoffrey is innocent (1940).
Story by Kurt Siodmak (1902-1988) and Joe May (1880-1954).)
In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshedthey 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.)
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).)
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).)