Assassination Quotes

He (Martin Luther King, Jr.) stood in that line of saints which goes back from Gandhi to Jesus: his violent end, like theirs, reflects the hostility of mankind to those who annoy it by trying harder to pull it one more painful step farther up the ladder from ape to angel.

A week before Dallas some woman got within two feet of JFK and took his picture. ‘She may have assassinated the President,’ an official stated flatly… If I were a politician in danger of assassination and someone got within two feet of me I’d fire every bodyguard in my entourage and borrow some guns from […]

If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.

It is hard enough luck being a monarch, without being a target also.

Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and “historical tasks” is an actual or potential assassin.

There are different ways of assassinating man – by pistol, sword, or moral assassination. They are the same in their results, except that the last is more cruel.

Is it too much to hope that the martyrdom of our beloved President might even soften the hearts of those who would themselves recoil from assassination, but who do not shrink from spreading the venom which kindles thoughts of it in others?

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.