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I'm weary of conjectures: this must end them.
- Joseph Addison
To die in order to avoid the pains of poverty, love, or anything that is disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward.
We must not pluck death from the Maker's hand.
- Philip James Bailey
Who doubting tyranny, and fainting under
Fortune's false lottery, desperately run
To death, for dread of death; that soul's most stout,
That, bearing all mischance, dares last it out.
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
The Honest Man's Fortune (act IV, sc. 1)
The common damn'd shun their society.
- Robert Blair, The Grave,
referring to suicides in Hell, attributed to Lamb but not found in his works
But if there be an hereafter,
And that there is, conscience, uninfluenc'd
And suffer'd to speak out, tells every man,
Then must it be an awful thing to die;
More horrid yet to die by one's own hand.
- Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 398)
Our time is fixed, and all our days are number'd;
How long, how short, we know not:--this we know,
Duty requires we calmly wait the summons,
Nor dare to stir till Heaven shall give permission.
- Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 417)
The beasts (Conservatives) had committed suicide to save themselves from slaughter.
- John Bright,
in a speech at Birmingham, England
Some indeed have been so affectedly vain as to counterfeit immortality, and have stolen their death in hopes to be esteemed immortal.
- Sir Thomas Browne
Suicide is not to fear death, but yet to be afraid of life. It is a brave act of valour to contemn death; but when life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valour to dare to live; and herein religion hath taught us a noble example, for all the valiant acts of Curtius, Scarvola, or Codrus, do not parallel or match that one of Job.
- Sir Thomas Browne
My spirit shrunk not to sustain
The searching throes of ceaseless pain;
Nor sought the self-accorded grave
Of ancient fool and modern knave.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)
He, with delirious laugh, the dagger hurl'd,
And burst the ties that bound him to the world!
- Thomas Campbell
All healthy men have thought of their own suicide.
- Albert Camus
I couldn't commit suicide if my life depended on it.
- George Carlin
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.
- Charles Caleb Colton
How! leap into the pit our life to save?
To save our life leap all into the grave.
- William Cowper
This is that rest this vain world lends,
To end in death that all things ends.
- Samuel Daniel
Fool! I mean not
That poor-souled piece of heroism, self-slaughter;
Oh no! the miserablest day we live
There's many a better thing to do than die!
- George Darley, Ethelstan
Self-murder, that infernal crime,
Which all the gods level their thunder at!
- Sir Francis Fane
Suicide is not a remedy.
- James Abram Garfield
Shall Nature, erring from her first command, self-preservation, fall by her own hand?
- George Granville, Lord Landsdowne
The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
- Ernest Hemingway
If suicide be supposed a crime, it is only cowardice can impel us to it. If it be no crime, both prudence and courage should engage us to rid ourselves at once of existence when it becomes a burden. It is the only way that we can then be useful to society, by setting an example which, if imitated, would preserve every one his chance for happiness in life, and would effectually free him from all danger or misery.
- David Hume, Essay on Suicide
When affliction thunders over our roofs, to hide our heads, and run into our graves, shows us no men, but makes us fortune's slaves.
- Ben Jonson
While foulest fiends shun thy society.
- Nathaniel Lee, Rival Queens (V, I, 86)
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