Assassination Quotes

Mrs. Kennedy’s dress was stained with blood. One leg was almost entirely covered with it and her right glove was caked, it was caked with blood – her husband’s blood. Somehow that was the one of the most poignant sights – that immaculate woman, exquisitely dressed, and caked in blood.

These men should be equipped with weapons (knives, razors, chains, clubs, bludgeons) and should march slightly behind the innocent and gullible participants. (Guerilla warfare primer, ca. 1954)

I did not feel that one man should have all this power while others have none. (anarchist and assassin of President William McKinley, 1901)

If I could find a way to get him out of there, even putting out a contract on him, if the CIA still did that sort of thing, assuming it ever did, I would be for it. (Referring to Saddam Hussein in the CBS 60 Minutes television program, April 14, 1991)

The conspiracy theory of assassination – it’s historical, particularly with Europeans. Most of their assassinations grew out of palace guard defections and things of that kind. It’s the same in South America. Here, on the contrary, practically all of our assassins have just been demented people.

Assassination has never changed the history of the world.

Though Cato lived, though Tully spoke, though Brutus dealt the godlike stroke, yet perished fated Rome.

By the miraculous care of Providence that protected me beyond all human expectation, I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.

Seated next to Chou En-Lai at a banquet, Kissinger asked him what he thought might have happened if Khrushchev had been assassinated instead of Kennedy. Chou thought a moment and said: “Mr Onassis would not have married Mrs. Khrushchev”.

As the play progressed, guard John Parker left his post in the hallway leading to the state box (where Abraham Lincoln and his party were seated), and either sat down out in the gallery to watch the play or went outside for a drink. (Describing an occurrence shortly before John Wilkes Booth entered the box […]