Quotations About / On: SUICIDE

  • 1.
    There is no refuge from confession but suicide, and suicide is confession.
    (Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. Speech, April 6, 1830, in murder trial, Salem, Massachusetts. Argument on the Murder of Captain White, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 11 (1903). It was during this trial that Webster famously spoke of a "fearful concatenation of circumstances.")
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  • 2.
    There is something great and terrible about suicide.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Later appeared as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), and part of the Etudes philosophiques (1831). It then entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Narrator, in The Wild Ass's Skin (La Peau de chagrin), which was first published by Gosselin (1831).)
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  • 3.
    Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
    (Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #71, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
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  • 4.
    The longest suicide note in history.
    (Gerald Kaufman (b. 1930), British Labour politician. Quoted in The Time of My Life, ch. 23, Denis Healey (1989). Referring to the Labour Party's New Hope For Britain manifesto for the 1983 general election, which Labour lost: "the scale of our defeat was devastating," Healey wrote.)
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  • 5.
    If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself but to put myself back together again. Suicide will be for me only one means of violently reconquering myself, of brutally invading my being, of anticipating the unpredictable approaches of God. By suicide, I reintroduce my design in nature, I shall for the first time give things the shape of my will.
    (Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. In Artaud Anthology, ed. Jack Hirschman (1965). "On Suicide," no. 1, Le Disque Vert (Paris, 1925).)
  • 6.
    Thinking about suicide is a potent consolation: it helps us to get through many a bad night.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 100, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 157 (1886).)
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  • 7.
    The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
    (E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Encounters with Suicide," The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).)
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  • 8.
    Always remember, Peggy, it's matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.
    (Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. diplomat, writer. Edith, in The Women, act 3 (1936).)
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  • 9.
    Suicide is a belated acquiescence in the opinion of one's wife's relatives.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 10.
    To a suicide: You just poisoned the wrong person.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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