If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility.

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Original Citation

De Quincey, Thomas. "On Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts." Blackwood's Magazine, 1827.

Current Citation

De Quincey, Thomas. On Murder, edited by Robert Morrison. Oxford University Press, 2009.