Quotations About / On:
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).)
Every murder turns on a bright hot light, and a lot of people ... have to walk out of the shadows.
(Mark Hellinger (1903-1947), U.S. journalist, scriptwriter, producer. The Naked City, scripted by Albert Maltz and Marvin Wald (1948).
Narrating his last production.)
I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc.2, Gallimard (1948).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)