Nature is as wasteful of promising young men as she is of fish-spawn. It's not just getting them killed in wars: mere middle age snuffs out ten times more talent than ever wars and sudden death do.
My draft-dodging father proved that in the struggle for survival the fittest are most likely to get killed off.'Partisanship and Scholarship', collected in Bennett Berger (ed) Authors of Their Own Lives (1990).
I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot, i.e., loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better), you want to be killed early if your life and works won't stink.ernest hemingway
“I can at least comfort myself with the idea that whatever I’ve done I’ve helped to nail a lie, and I’m coming to think that lying is among the worst of all human failings. Next to actual killing. And experience has made us almost equally good at both of them.” “I have killed many people and seen many more killed on my orders,” Jogajong said. “It is what must be paid to buy what we want.” “What we’ve been told we want, by liars more skilled than ourselves.”john brunner
The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin , Stalin , and Hitler , who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind.Eric Hoffer
No one has a right to an audience or even to a sympathetic hearing, much less an engaged audience. But no one should be beaten or killed or imprisoned simply for speaking their mind or praying to one god as opposed to the other or none at all or getting on with the small business of living their life in peaceful fashion. If we cannot or will not defend that principle with a full throat, then we deserve to choke on whatever jihadists of all stripes can force down our throats.Nick Gillespie (May 18, 2010). "Why We're Having an Everybody Draw Mohammed Contest on Thursday May 20". Reason magazine (reason.com).
The recompense of those who wage war against Allâh and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.Qur'an 5:33
Inside the henhouse from where he will be taken to be killed, the cock sings hymns to liberty because he was given two perches.Original: Dentro da capoeira de onde irá a matar, o galo canta hinos à liberdade porque lhe deram dois poleiros.
Narrated Ikrima: Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn 'Abbas, who said, "Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, 'Don't punish (anybody) with Allah's Punishment.' No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' "Sahih Bukhari 4:52:260
I killed you?Who: Zhao
You killed him!Who: Gabriel Gray/Sylar (future)
1,000 children have been killed, and their bodies are left in the streets and are being eaten by wild hyenas . . . You can see the heaped-up bodies of murdered children, most of them aged eleven to thirteen, lying in the gutter, as you drive out of Addis Ababa.Håkan Landelius, as quoted in Stephane Courtois, et al. (1999), The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, p. 691
It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense.E.A. Bucchianeri, quoted in Resurrecting America's Entrepreneurial Spirit: A Practical Approach for ... p.113
I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good people, the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime. (through clenched teeth) I am sorry I could not see my father.Who: Leon Czolgosz, assassin of US President William McKinley, electrocuted in 1901.