Quotations About / On: MURDER
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).)
Murder is catching.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 35, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).)
Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Escalus, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 1.
Following Romeo's killing of Tybalt.)
Better for man to toil for his family than stray on lanes that murder them under fake names whose greed is salient.
(One should be aware of persons whose motives are disguised.)
Patriotism is legalized government murder, only sly agendas differ, allies today enemies tomorrow, unseen hands roll the dice.
(Terence George Craddock April 12 2015)
Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.
(John Milius, U.S. screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939), and Michael Herr. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), Apocalypse Now (1979).)
Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent.
(E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series (1988).)
A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author, and Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), U.S. author, editor. The Gilded Age, ch. 54 (1873).)