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.
    Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr's death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr's death.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 24, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
  • 3.
    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).)
  • 4.
    Enduring too much for too long becomes an illness that only suicide can cure.
    (n/a)
    More quotations from: Kim Hilliker
  • 5.
    People don't die from suicide, they die from sadness.
    (sadnesss)
    More quotations from: Timothy Long
  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    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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  • 8.
    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.
    (Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "On Futility," Reasons of the Heart (1965).)
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