Quotations About / On: MURDER

  • 71.
    It was a hot afternoon and I can still remember the smell of honeysuckle all along the street. How can I have known that murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?
    (Billy Wilder (b. 1906) U.S. (Austrian born) film director, and Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author, screenwriter. Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), Double Indemnity, recording his murder confession into an office dictaphone for his boss, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), while weak from a gunshot wound (1944).)
  • 72.
    If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
    (Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859), British author. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1827). "Murder Considered As One of the Fine Arts," The Collected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, ed. D. Masson (1889).)
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  • 73.
    ... in the nineteen-thirties ... the most casual reader of murder mysteries could infallibly detect the villain, as soon as there entered a character who had recently washed his neck and did not commit mayhem on the English language.
    (Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 21 (1954). Written in 1937. Glasgow, an American Southern novelist who was writing during the 1930s—though not mysteries—was describing the decade's "cult of the hairy ape.")
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  • 74.
    Suddenly, she wasn't drunk anymore. Her hand was steady and she was cool. Like somebody making funeral arrangements for a murder not yet committed.
    (John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, Jessie Florian spied by private eye Philip Marlowe making a telephone call after his visit (1944). Marlowe is offering the police his narration of a crime. Based on the novel.)
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  • 75.
    It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Maurice Spandrell, in Point Counter Point, ch. 12 (1928).)
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  • 76.
    In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do.
    (Patricia Neal (b. 1926), U.S. screen actor. Daily Telegraph (London, June 22, 1988).)
  • 77.
    We are not cave dwellers anymore, we live in the age of technology. When someone needs a car, he does not need to build it. He can buy it. When someone needs a murder, he himself does not need to kill. He can order it.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Collaborator, pt. I (1976). On technological progress and free enterprise.)
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  • 78.
    For those for whom the sex act has come to seem mechanical and merely the meeting and manipulation of body parts, there often remains a hunger which can be called metaphysical but which is not recognized as such, and which seeks satisfaction in physical danger, or sometimes in torture, suicide, or murder.
    (Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Title essay, The Mechanical Bride (1951).)
  • 79.
    The force of a death should be enormous but how can you know what kind of man you've killed or who was the braver and stronger if you have to peer through layers of glass that deliver the image but obscure the meaning of the act? War has a conscience or it's ordinary murder.
    (Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. Frank Vásquez, in Libra, pt. 2, "6 September," (1988).)
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  • 80.
    You lovers of knowledge! So what have you done out of your love of knowledge up to now? Have you already stolen and murdered so as to know how a thief and a murderer feels?
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 192, selection 5[1], number 47, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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