Quotations About / On:
With the first act of cruelty committed in the name of revolution, with the first murder, with the first purge and execution, we have lost the revolution.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Flying, pt. 5, Alfred A. Knopf (1974).)
One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify, my good fellow.
(Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director, and Orson Welles. Monsieur Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), Monsieur Verdoux, said to a reporter (Herb Vigran) before Verdoux is led to the guillotine (1947).)
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).)
Under the rules of a society that cannot distinguish between profit and profiteering, between money defined as necessity and money defined as luxury, murder is occasionally obligatory and always permissible.
(Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 4 (1988).)
... if we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.
(Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. Dead Man Walking, ch. 6 (1993).)
Every murder turns on a bright hot light, and a lot of people ... have to walk out of the shadows.
(Albert Maltz, U.S. screenwriter, Malvin Wald, screenwriter, and Jules Dassin. Narrator, in The Naked City (film) (1948).
Mark Hellinger's last production was narrated by himself.)
Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?
(Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Satire and Teeth," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).)
It's a pity you didn't know when you started your game of murder, that I was playing, too.
(Robb White, and William Castle. Frederick Loren (Vincent Price), House on Haunted Hill, near the end of the movie (1958).)
Murder offers the promise of vast relief. It is never unsexual.
(Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 1, Dial (1965).)
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).)