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Unspeakable Crimes The Best Quotes About Murder  

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A list of the best murder quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous murder quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic murder quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational murder quotes from that same writer.

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Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner. Oscar Wilde

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It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged. Aldous Huxley

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Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. W. H. Auden

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It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen. W. H. Auden

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Murder in the murderer is no such ruinous thought as poets and romancers will have it; it does not unsettle him, or fright him from his ordinary notice of trifles; it is an act quite easy to be contemplated. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Murder is a horror, but an often necessary horror, never criminal, which it is essential to tolerate in a republican State. Is it or is it not a crime? If it is not, why make laws for its punishment? And if it is, by what barbarous logic do you, to punish it, duplicate it by another crime? Marquis de Sade

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Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? William Shakespeare

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Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair, the midnight murderer bursts the faithless bar; invades the sacred hour of silent rest and leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast. Samuel Johnson

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I love the old way best, the simple way of poison, where we too are strong as men. Euripides

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It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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The boys with their feet on the desks know that the easiest murder case in the world to break is the one somebody tried to get very cute with; the one that really bothers them is the murder somebody only thought of two minutes before he pulled it off. Raymond Chandler

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‎"Old enough to kill means old enough to die," Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. Albert Camus

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A murderer is regarded by the conventional world as something almost monstrous, but a murderer to himself is only an ordinary man. It is only if the murderer is a good man that he can be regarded as monstrous. Graham Greene

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When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder. Simone Weil

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“Commander, you and your Stepsons are always welcome here. This fuss is not our doing. I saw the body. There’s no sign of…murder on her, but sometimes girls just…die.” Chris Morris

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You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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Under the rules of a society that cannot distinguish between profit and profiteering, between money defined as necessity and money defined as luxury, murder is occasionally obligatory and always permissible. Lewis Lapham