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Razors pain you; rivers are damp; acids stain you; and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful; you might as well live.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) U.S. short-story writer and poet.

Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.

Cesare Pavese (1908-1950) Italian poet, critic, novelist, and translator.

I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown.

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

Then is it sin to rush into the secret house of death. Ere death dare come to us?

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.


It is the part of cowardliness, and not of virtue, to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massive tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

When one does away with oneself one does the most estimable thing possible: one thereby almost deserves to live.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

At great periods you have always felt, deep within you, the temptation to commit suicide. You gave yourself to it, breached your own defenses. You were a child. The idea of suicide was a protest against life; by dying, you would escape this longing for death.

Cesare Pavese (1908-1950) Italian poet, critic, novelist, and translator.

It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.