Murder Quotes

Emiliano Zapata

I forgive those who murder and steal because they did it out of necessity, but a traitor never.

Gloria Steinem

Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.

Vincent H. O'Neil

Actors are all about entrances, but writers are all about exits.

Vincent H. O'Neil

Your boss takes a dim view of SEX?

Joyce Carol Oates

For the writer, the serial killer is, abstractly, an analogue of the imagination's caprices and amorality; the sense that, no matter the dictates and even the wishes of the conscious social self, the life or will or purpose of the imagination is incomprehensible, unpredictable.

Astrid 'Artistikem' Cruz

I write because, if I don't, my characters will murder me in my sleep.

John Fowles

Art's cruel. You can get away with murder with words. But a picture is like a window straight through to your inmost heart.

Dennis R. Miller

Storytelling? God started that. Discovery. Lust. Murder. Revenge. Power. Sin. Redemption. Forgiveness. Miracles. We simply retell the stories in the language of our generation.

Anthony Liccione

Words do murder.. Anthony Liccione
Words do murder.

Linda Mickey

Work is tough for everyone but for Kyle Shannon, it's just murder.

Jasper Fforde

If it weren't for greed, intolerance, hate, passion and murder, you would have no works of art, no great buildings, no medical science, no Mozart, no Van Gough, no Muppets and no Louis Armstrong.

Ambrose Bierce

Redemption, n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religions, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it.

Alice Sebold

Heaven is comfort, but it's still not living.

Ki Longfellow

... is it truly possible to steal a life, if... the Self is eternal and cannot die? Should this be so, then one who 'murders' does no more than transgress against the will of another, whose choice it is to live. At bottom, a murderer offends not against the body, but against the spirit.

Charlaine Harris

There’s no way you can kill someone and get to the other side of the experience unchanged.

Glen Duncan

There's always someone's father, someone's mother, someone's wife, someone's son. This is the problem with killing and eating people. One of the problems.

Sandra Chami Kassis

People often speak of hell, not wanting to go there, avoiding it..etc. I never had that problem because hell is a state of mind. Look around you; rape, murder, wars, hatred, friend; you're already there!!

R.J. Peters

The northern star changes its position every ten thousand years, but friendships can last for all eternity.
- RJPeters

William S. Burroughs

Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.

Laurell K. Hamilton

The rule is that if they have a weapon and want to take you someplace else, it is so they can kill you slower-Peter

John Webster

Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle. She died young.

Stephen King

Kill you all!" The clown was laughing and screaming. "Try to stop me and I'll kill you all! Drive you crazy and then kill you all! You can't stop me!

Heinrich Heine

Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people

Christopher Buecheler

I could kill you a thousand times over Abraham, but we would never be even. You took everything I had.

Yevgeny Zamyatin

We have long become overgrown with calluses; we no longer hear people being killed. ("X")

Louis Bayard

Well, as to that, all I'll say is, you can't take out a fellow's heart before he's ready to give it up.

Agatha Christie

And yet," said Poirot, "suppose an accident-"
"Ah, no, my friend-"
"From your point of view it would be regrettable, I agree. But nevertheless let us just for one moment suppose it. Then, perhaps, all these here are linked together - by death.

Nancy Horan

As he watches the sun rise, what grieves him is that he failed her. He thinks of the terror she felt. They tell him it was quick, as if that will somehow confine the horror.

Greever Williams

Abby could smell his hot breath in her face. It reeked like dead apples left to rot in the scorching summer sun.

Tom Conrad

In life one of Midnight’s favourite movies had been It’s a Wonderful Life, a touching story where a man called George Bailey is shown how poor the world would have been if he’d never existed, but now the young ghost of Midnight Merlot was sat imagining himself not as the kind hero of his own narrative, but, - but as the anti-George.

Rachel A. Marks

The men stop coming after Hunt goes missing. We learned from the last brave soul to visit that they whispered all sorts of stories to answer his disappearance. My favorite is that we ate him. We cooked him up with our whore-earned corn, a dozen rats’ eyes, and a bat wing.

Even I couldn’t have thought of anything more perfect.

Hector Avalos

By Hays' reasoning, penetrating a rectum with a penis is a violation of how God meant humans to function. However, penetrating a human body with a sword, a common way to kill people in biblical times, is acceptable. Apparently human bodies were designed to be penetrated by metal implements, but not by flesh.

Richard Matheson

Shall I kill her now? Shall I not even investigate, but kill her and burn her?
His throat moved. Such thoughts were a hideous testimony to the world he had accepted; a world in which murder was easier than hope.

Kendare Blake

You’re sure you didn’t leave? Didn’t try to explore Thunder Bay again, maybe go down to the park and, I don’t know, dismember some poor jogger?

Robert Browning

The rain set early in tonight,
The sullen wind was soon awake,
It tore the elm-tops down for spite,
And did its best to vex the lake:
I listened with heart fit to break.
When glided in Porphyria; straight
She shut the cold out and the storm,
And kneeled and made the cheerless grate
Blaze up and all the cottage warm;

Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno

Try to be thoughtful,
don't make the poor man say it;
see how human he is,
he has children of his own,
it is your job to ask:
Is she dead?

And he will nod and say yes
And now he can never not nod.
And now he can never say no.
And now he can never not say

Nick Cohen

No one is as murderously 'Islamophobic' as Islamists are.

Takayuki Yamaguchi

He had been dazzled. Because of the dazzling brightness, he had had to kill [Seigen]. All who had encountered Seigen had had their hearts stolen by that brightness. That envy had turned to malice.

J.G. Ballard

First she would try to kill him, but failing this give him food and her body, breast-feed him back to a state of childishness and even, perhaps, feel affection for him. Then, the moment he was asleep, cut his throat. The synopsis of the ideal marriage.

Robert Galbraith

I'd imagine "murderess" trumps "wife" when defining a close relationship.

Patricia Cornwell

rain slowly slides down the glass as if the night is crying.

Orhan Pamuk

Contrary to what is commonly believed, all murderers are men of extreme faith rather than unbelievers.

Paul Quarrington

The man behind the check-in counter gives the impression that he has just axe-murdered the motel's owner (and family, and family pet) and is going through these procedures of hostelry so as not to arouse suspicion.

Patricia Highsmith

one blow in anger [would] kill, probably, a child from aged two to eight. Those over eight would take two blows to kill.

Stacey T. Hunt

That’s quite the specific search...'Sadistic Old-Bag-Murdering Witches' - I can’t even begin to imagine what that involves.

Lindy West

We only get one life. Wasting someone’s time is the subtlest form of murder.

Anthony Liccione

Taking a life, is not worth getting life in prison.

Cameron Jace

Time was the greatest murderer in history.

Phindiwe Nkosi

Fear manifested itself as a physical presence that
seemed to dominate the public sphere. Time almost stopped. Even without
confirmation I could sense that something had gone terribly wrong.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Jorge siempre viviría a la sombra de su privilegio, entre algodones y fracasos. Penélope, la preciosa Penélope, era mujer y por tanto tesoro, no tesorero. Julián, que tenía alma de poeta, y por tanto de asesino, reunía las cualidades.

Dark Jar Tin Zoo

If you have the woman you love, what more do you need? Well, besides an alibi for the time of her husband’s murder.

Christopher Hitchens

It is exactly the fear of revenge that motivates the deepest crimes, from the killing of the enemy's children lest they grow up to play their own part, to the erasure of the enemy's graveyards and holy places so that his hated name can be forgotten.

Umberto Eco

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.

Robert G. Ingersoll

In all ages the people have honored those who dishonored them. They have worshiped their destroyers; they have canonized the most gigantic liars, and buried the great thieves in marble and gold. Under the loftiest monuments sleeps the dust of murder.

Alexandre Dumas

The king! I thought he was philosopher enough to allow that there was no murder in politics. In politics, my dear fellow, you know, as well as I do, there are no men, but ideas - no feelings, but interests; in politics we do not kill a man, we only remove an obstacle, that is all.


How many men soever you slay, you will never kill your successor.

Michael Bassey Johnson

When no power is vested in a turbulent man, he behaves sorrowfully like a nearly killed christmas goat, but when fully endorsed, without considering his level of insanity and evil gestures, he cuts everyone in the society into pieces.

Naoyuki Ochiai

Great men are allowed to spill the blood of others.

Lamar Waldron

All experienced murderers seek cover. By putting the Agency’s fingerprints on [Mafia] operations, the mob could anticipate that the CIA would [be forced to] cooperate in the cover-up of crucial information related to JFK's assassination

Jennifer Birkett

Art makes murder into the supreme image of Beauty and in doing so sets free the vengeful God. (referring to Jean Lorrain's LE VICE ERRANT)

Gerry Spence

There are innumerable ways to murder a person, but the most subtle and pernicious of these is to mutilate the soul of the innocent by denying or downgrading their uniqueness and their beauty.

Stephen M. Irwin

Christ can forgive you," he whispered, though he didn't believe it. There wasn't a hint of compassion in those ice-blue eyes.
"That's grand," she said.
Her features became again those of the pleasant brown-haired nurse. She smiled, pulled the pillow from under his head, and covered his face.

Wodke Hawkinson

You just couldn't give it a rest, could you, Sue? Had to keep badgering me. Snooping and poking around. I hope you're satisfied, now that you've ripped my guts out.

Alexis Coe

In the mind of the public, she seemed endowed with an almost supernatural power to commit heinous acts, no matter the time or place.

Shannon Celebi

She fantasized sometimes too about killing him a little: a little poison in his pudding, a little flick-flick-flick with a fillet knife at his throat.

Stacey Jay

I am not much of a mind to touch

Jane Casey

As a rule, I had murder in my mind. That day, I had it in my heart.

Thomas Harris

He lives down in a ribcage in the dry leaves of a heart.


An idea can destroy the mind of a human being, twist it into a dark path of destruction and illness. But only the human can destroy the mind with a bullet to the soul. Ideas do not kill people; they ruin them. People kill people.

Jennifer DuBois

It was bewildering, the way that reality could be overtaken, wrestled down, and murdered by the sheer weight of possibility.

Sylvia Plath

Why do we electrocute men for murdering an individual and then pin a purple heart on them for mass slaughter of someone arbitrarily labeled “enemy?

James Oliver Curwood

The greatest thrill is not to kill but to let live.

Will Cuppy

He had also learned that there is no use murdering people; there are always so many left, and if you tried to murder them all you would never get anything else done.

Harry Patch

War is organized murder and nothing else

Marty Rubin

Every human life has infinite value and to destroy even one is a crime against all humanity.

William Shakespeare

The time approaches
That will with due decision make us know
What we shall say we have and what we owe.
Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,
But certain issue strokes must arbitrate;
Towards which, advance the war.
They exit marching.

Lloyd DeMause

Whenever a group produces murderers, the early parental relationship must have been abusive and neglectful. Yet this elementary truth has not even begun to be considered in historical research; just stating that poor mothering lies behind wars seems blasphemous.

Primo Levi

It is man who kills, man who creates or suffers injustice; it is no longer man who, having lost all restraint, shares his bed with a corpse. Whoever waits for his neighbor to die in order to take his piece of bread is, albeit guiltless, further from the model of
thinking man than the most primitive pigmy or the most vicious sadist".

Gabriel Marcel

Il est de toute nécessité que je perde conscience de la réalité individuelle de l'être que je puis être amené à supprimer.

Christina Westover

The more you love,the more love you have to give.It's the only feeling we have which is infinite...

Arthur Conan Doyle

A study in scarlet, eh? Why shouldn't we use a little art jargon? There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.

Shaun Jeffrey

Anyone can put paint on a canvas, but only a true master can bring the painting to life. Anyone can kill, but only a genius can make murder an art.

April Floyd

Next to God, Family is the best thing.

Jeanne M. Dams

History does seem to be just one long succession of murders, doesn't it?

James Joyce

Oblige me by taking away that knife. I can't look at the point of it. It reminds me of Roman history.

Ryū Murakami

It was the face of a human being who’d been constructed exclusively of wounds. Not time or history or ambition, nothing but wounds. The face of a person who could probably kill someone without feeling anything whatsoever.

Sue Grafton

Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they're right - a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five. All those potential killers passing their plates.

Alice Sebold

What I think was hardest for me to realize was that he had tried each time to stop himself. He had killed animals, taking lesser lives to keep from killing a child

Carol Matas

Will you be all right?" she asked

How could I be?

Would you be all right, I felt like screaming, if you'd just watched your family taken away, watched your entire town taken away, to be murdered. I'll never be alright.

Patricia Highsmith

One situation – maybe one alone – could drive me to murder: family life, togetherness.

Kat Kaelin

Suspense, murder, revenge, scandal; a delicious cocktail party.

Wilhelm Reich

You have no sense of your true duty, which is to be a man and preserve humanity. You imitate wise men so badly and bandits so well. Your movies and radio programs are full of murder.

Octave Mirbeau

Wherever he goes, whatever he does, he will always see that word: murder - immortally inscribed upon the pediment of that vast slaughterhouse - humanity.

Nenia Campbell

There's a saying that you can't put a price on a human life, but that saying is a lie because we have. We have, and it's so much lower than you would think. Yes, human life has its price like anything else, and will continue to do so for as long as it doubles as a commodity.

Dean Koontz

From all these friends, I could not escape learning some of the statistics that I preferred not to know. Forty-one people at the mall had been wounded. Nineteen had died.
Everyone said it was a miracle that only nineteen perished.
What has gone wrong with our world when nineteen dead can seem like any kind of miracle?

Thomas Harris

God's creatures who cried themselves to sleep stirred to cry again.

Bret Easton Ellis

It strikes me profoundly that the world is more often than not a bad and cruel place.

Ellen Hopkins

Some people
Are worthy of a bullet straight
to the heart because that is where
cruelty evolves into evil.
humans aren't human at all,
despite how they appear.
Humanity is what lives inside
harbored beneath skin, flesh,
and bone.

Yevgeny Zamyatin

The government (or humanity) would not permit capital punishment for one man, but they permitted the murder of millions a little at a time.

Jean-Paul Sartre

At an age when most children are playing hopscotch or with their dolls,you, poor child, who had no friends or toys, you toyed with dreams of murder, because that is a game to play alone.

Jim Morrison

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.

Ikechukwu Izuakor

Law, religion and tradition condemns and murders while grace justifies and saves

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