Quotations About / On: MURDER

  • 31.
    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).)
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  • 32.
    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).)
  • 33.
    My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.
    (Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), U.S. author. "The Custom-House," introduction, The Scarlet Letter (1850). Hawthorne was here relating the loss of his job as a customs surveyor in Salem, Massachusetts, as a result of political maneuvering; the blow was mitigated by his "previous weariness of office, and vague thoughts of resignation.")
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  • 34.
    There are all sorts of ways of murdering a person or at least his soul, and that's something no police in the world can spot.
    (Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). Stiller, in I'm Not Stiller, second notebook, p. 111, trans. by Michael Bullock, Vintage (1958).)
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  • 35.
    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).)
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  • 36.
    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).)
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  • 37.
    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).)
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  • 38.
    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).)
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  • 39.
    ... 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).)
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  • 40.
    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.)
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