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Twice it call'd, so loudly call'd,
With horrid strength, beyond the pitch of nature;
And murder! murder! was the dreadful cry,
A third time it return'd with feeble strength,
But o' the sudden ceas'd, as though the words
Were smother'd rudely in the grappl'd throat,
And all was still again, save the wild blast
Which at a distance growl'd--
Oh! it will never from my mind depart!
That dreadful cry, all i' the instant still'd.
- Joanna Baillie
Carcasses bleed at the sight of the murderer.
- Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
(pt. I, sec. I, memb. II, subsec. V)
You also, O son Brutus.
[Lat., Et tu, Brute fili.]
- Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar),
said on being stabbed by Brutus according to Suetonius
Murder is terribly exhausting.
- Albert Camus
Blood, though it sleep a time, yet never dies.
The gods on murtherers fix revengeful eyes.
- George Chapman, The Widow's Tears
(act V, sc. IV)
Mordre wol out, that see we day by day.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
(l. 15,058), The Nun's Priest's Tale
Is there a crime
Beneath the roof of heaven, that stains the soul
Of man, with more infernal hue, than damn'd
- Colley Cibber
The scream of rage, the groan, the strife,
The blow, the gasp, the horrid cry,
The panting, throttled prayer for life,
The dying's heaving sigh,
The murderer's curse, the dead man's fix'd, still glare,
And fears, and death's cold sweat--they all are there!
- Richard Henry Dana, Sr.
Murder may pass unpunish'd for a time,
But tardy justice will o'ertake the crime.
- John Dryden, The Cock and the Fox (l. 285)
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
- Albert Einstein
Murder itself is past all expiation,
The greatest crime that nature doth abhor.
- William Goffe (Gough)
Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
- Edgar Watson Howe
Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
- George Henry Lewes,
Physiology of Common Life (ch. XII)
Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.
- Charles Robert Maturin
What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.
- Henry Louis Mencken
Absolutism tempered by assassination.
- Count Ernest Frederich Herbert von Munster,
writing of the Russian Constitution
Nor is there any law more just, than that he who has plotted death shall perish by his own plot.
[Lat., Neque enim lex est aequior ulla,
Quam necis artifices arte perire sua.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
'Twas not enough
By subtle fraud to snatch a single life;
Puny impiety! whole kingdoms fell
To sate the lust of power: more horrid still,
The foulest stain and scandal of our nature,
Became its boast. One murder made a villain;
Millions a hero.
- Bishop Beilby Porteus
One murder made a villain,
Millions a hero.--Princes were privileg'd
To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime.
Ah! why will kings forget that they are men,
And men that they are brethren?
- Bishop Beilby Porteus, Death (l. 154)
First, we're going to cut it off, then we're going to kill it.
- Colin Powell
Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
- Jean Rostand
One kills a man, one is an assassin; one kills millions, one is a conqueror; one kills everybody, one is a god.
- Jean Rostand
Kill a man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
- Jean Rostand, Pensees D'un Biologiste
Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell!
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark
To cry, hold, hold!
- William Shakespeare
I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways.
- William Shakespeare
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