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QUOTES ON MURDER


The gods fail not to mark
Those who have killed many.
The black Furies stalking the man
Fortunate beyond all right
Wrench back again the set of his life
And drop him to darkness.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

"You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman."

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

To the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Caesar and Cleopatra

After he murdered, he accepted the crime. And that's the important thing. It was the first full act of his life; it was the most meaningful, exciting and stirring thing that had ever happened to him. He accepted it because it made him free, gave him the possibility of choice, of action, the opportunity to act and to feel that his actions carried weight.

RICHARD WRIGHT, Native Son

To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Idiot

Nowadays you have to be a scientist if you want to be a killer.

VLADIMIR NABOKOV, Lolita

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