Suicide Quotes

 A nation never falls but by suicide. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 I tried to commit suicide by sticking my head in the oven, but there was a cake in it 
Author: Lesley Boone
Nationality: American
b. 25 February 1968
  
 If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 In New York City, one suicide in ten is attributed to a lack of storage space. 
Author: Judith Stone
Nationality: American   
 It's all very well for you to talk about 'good form' and acting like a 'gentleman.' To me that's a very estimable form of suicidal stupidity and credulity. You admit that the people who sacrifice the troops are callous blighters... If you had real courage you wouldn't acquiesce as you do. 
Author: Siegfried Loraine Sassoon
Nationality: English
b. 08 September 1886  - d. 01 September 1967
  
 My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 My husband and I didn't sign a pre-nuptial agreement. We signed a mutual suicide pact. 
Author: Roseanne Barr
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1952
  
 Never murder a man who is committing suicide. 
Author: Thomas Wilson
Nationality: English
b. December 1524  - d.  December 1581
  
 New members urgently required for SUICIDE CLUB, Watford area. 
T.V. Series: Monty Python's Flying Circus
Nationality: British  - d.  December 1974   
 Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one. 
Author: Robert Byrne
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1928
  
 Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life. He does not die with deliberation but from deliberation. 
Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Nationality: Danish
b. 5 May 1813  - d. 11 November 1855
  
 Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 Skepticism is slow suicide. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure. 
Author: Joseph Heller
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1923  - d. 12 December 1999
  
 The grinding poverty of large numbers of their population, and the low probability of any positive change under governments propped up by the West, means there will be continuing support for those organizations and a ready supply of suicidal terrorists. The Western response to the threat of terrorism clearly has to include measures to prevent attacks on Westerners. It must also include a wider range of measures directed at overcoming poverty, improving education and creating hope for a better life. Achieving such outcomes will almost certainly require development of subtle and intelligent relationships between Christian and Muslim church leaders. 
Author: John Rolls
Nationality: Australian   
 The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 There is only one truly philosophical problem, and that is suicide. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 They can rule the world while they can persuade us our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide, than a life of famine and suicide? 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 To confess that you are totally ignorant about the Horse, is social suicide: you will be despised by everybody, especially the horse. 
Author: Walter Carruthers Sellar
Nationality: English
b. 27 December 1898  - d. 11 June 1951
  
 To marry is to domesticate the Recording Angel. Once you are married, there is nothing left for you, not even suicide, but to be good. 
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Nationality: Scottish
b. 13 November 1850  - d. 3 December 1894
  
 To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide. 
Author: Marva N. Collins
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1931
  
 We hear war called murder. It is not: It is suicide. 
Author: James Ramsay MacDonald
Nationality: British
b. December 1866  - d.  December 1937
  
 Write something, even if it's just a suicide note. 
Author: Gore Vidal
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1925  - d. 31 July 2012
  
 Every door is closed. He can only go to crime or suicide, his wife and daughter to prostitution, and his boys to hoodlumism and the penitentiary.  
Author: Denis Kearney
Nationality: American
b. December 1847  - d.  December 1907
  
 AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide - or murder. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 For many centuries, suicides were treated like criminals by the society. That is part of the terrible legacy that has come down into society's method of handling suicide recovery. Now we have to fight off the demons that have been hanging around suicide for centuries. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 I have friends who've tried suicide many times and haven't succeeded. I myself made an attempt, so I had a connection with that sort of group of people who have tried suicide at one time in their lives. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 I think suicide is sort of like cancer was 50 years ago. People don't want to talk about it, they don't want to know about it. People are frightened of it, and they don't understand, when actually these issues are medically treatable. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 Recovering from the suicide of a loved one, you need all the help you can get, so I very much recommend a meditation program. The whole picture of how to recover from this has to do with body, mind, and spirit. That's applicable to any kind of depression. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life. 
Author: Václav Hável
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 05 October 1936
  
 We carefully thought out stuff. I spoke to a therapist, who I don't pay, who's a friend. I spoke with someone who works at the suicide hotline. 
Author: Billy Crystal
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1948
  
 There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Baghdad is determined to force the Mongols of our age to commit suicide at its gates. 
Author: Saddam Hussein
Nationality: Iraqi
b. 28 April 1937  - d. 30 December 2006
  
 Nine men in ten are would be suicides. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Early on, if I was alone two three nights in a row, I'd start writing poems about suicide. 
Author: Jack Nicholson
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1937
  
 Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society? 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 There is something great and terrible about suicide. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 The Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse. 
Author: Karl Menninger
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1893  - d. 18 July 1990
  
 Is it hard for the reader to believe that suicides are sometimes committed to forestall the committing of murder? There is no doubt of it. Nor is there any doubt that murder is sometimes committed to avert suicide. 
Author: Karl Menninger
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1893  - d. 18 July 1990
  
 Over 120 Aboriginal communities run their own health services - some have been doing so for 30 years. They struggle with difficult medical problems. They also try to deal with counselling, stolen generations issues, family relationships, violence, suicide prevention. 
Author: Malcolm Fraser
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 May 1930
  
 Charlotte Gilman's suicide note. 
Author: Charlotte Perkins
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1860  - d. 17 August 1935
  
 I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat. 
Author: Antonin Artaud
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1896  - d. 4 March 1948
  
 Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 My mother's suicide attempts were a way to release anxiety and get attention. Some of the attempts were drug reactions she didn't even remember later on. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 One said of suicide, As long as one has brains one should not blow them out. And another answered, But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot. 
Author: F. H. Bradley
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1846  - d. 18 September 1924
  
 I found talking to the young failed suicide bomber the most unsettling and depressing - that there could be that much hatred and ignorance. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me - I quit. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the "will of the people" goes out the window. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Suicide is possible, but not probable; hanging, I trust, is even more unlikely; for I hope that, by the time I die, my countrymen will have become civilised enough to abolish capital punishment. 
Author: Laurence Housman
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1865  - d. 20 February 1959
  
 My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm - as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 One of the worst things is sitting down with people who have lost family to gambling-related suicide. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons. 
Author: Tony Benn
Nationality: British
b. 3 April 1925
  
 Mental tensions, frustrations, insecurity, aimlessness are among the most damaging stressors, and psychosomatic studies have shown how often they cause migraine headache, peptic ulcers, heart attacks, hypertension, mental disease, suicide, or just hopeless unhappiness. 
Author: Hans Hugo Bruno Selye
Nationality: Canadian
b. 26 January 1907  - d. 16 October 1982
  
 Toward the end of my military service, I avoided out of pride any mental examinations, hoping that time would balance a mind which I had every reason to suppose was seriously affected. I cannot account for nor rise above long periods of moroseness and suicidal inclinations, and have newly come to realize that I must first triumph above this before I can hope to rehabilitate myself at all. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 It is all very well to sit back and hope for "the best in this best of all possible worlds" but it's the course of personal and national suicide. Unless there is a vast alteration in man's civilization as it stumbles along today, man will not be here very long and none of us. Times must change. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Last words: They tried to get me - I got them first! 
Author: Nicholas Vachel Lindsay
Nationality: American
b. 10 November 1879  - d. 05 December 1931
  
 It isn't decent for society to make a man do this thing himself. Probably this is the last day I will be able to do it myself. 
Author: P. W. Bridgman
Nationality: American
b. 21 April 1882  - d. 20 August 1961
  




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