Quotations About / On: MURDER

  • 41.
    AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 7 (1989).)
  • 42.
    Of what violences, murders, depredations, have not the epic poets, from all antiquity, been the occasion, by propagating false honor, false glory, and false religion?
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Charlotte Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 6, letter 45, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
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  • 43.
    The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.
    (Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 5 (1967, trans. 1983).)
  • 44.
    Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbour's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 21 (1871-1872).)
  • 45.
    A commitment to sexual equality with males ... is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
    (Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, October 12, 1974, at the National Organization for Women Conference on Sexuality, New York City. "Renouncing Sexual 'Equality'," ch. 2, published in Our Blood (1976).)
    More quotations from: Andrea Dworkin, commitment
  • 46.
    It is just possible that the tensions in a novel of murder are the simplest and yet most complete pattern of the tensions on which we live in this generation.
    (Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Oct. 17, 1948, to critic James Sandoe. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).)
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  • 47.
    Students of history are horror-struck at the massacres of old; but in the shambles, men are being murdered to-day.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 161, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Read from a scroll.)
    More quotations from: Herman Melville, history
  • 48.
    Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 19 (1891).)
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  • 49.
    Give me your blessing; truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but in the end truth will out.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Launcelot Gobbo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 2, l. 78-80. Comically acknowledging that he is old Gobbo's son.)
  • 50.
    Character is always known. Thefts never enrich; alms never impoverish; murder will speak out of stone walls.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)
    More quotations from: Ralph Waldo Emerson, murder
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