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No one is promiscuous in his way of dying. A man who has decided to hang himself will never jump in front of a train.

Author: A. Alvarez (1929)

Profession: British Critic, Poet, Novelist

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.

Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)

Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist

If you must commit suicide... always contrive to do it as decorously as possible; the decencies, whether of life or of death, should never be lost sight of.

Author: George Borrow (1803-1881)

Profession: British Author

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: Francis H. Bradley (1846-1924)

Profession: British Philosopher

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest -- whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories -- comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

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

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

Whenever any affliction assails me, I have the keys of my prison in mine own hand, and no remedy presents it selfe so soone to my heart, as mine own sword. Often meditation of this hath wonne me to a charitable interpretation of their action, who dy so: and provoked me a little to watch and exagitate their reasons, which pronounce so peremptory judgments upon them.

Author: John Donne (1572-1632)

Profession: British Metaphysical Poet

Each victim of suicide gives his act a personal stamp which expresses his temperament, the special conditions in which he is involved, and which, consequently, cannot be explained by the social and general causes of the phenomenon.

Author: Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)

Profession: French Sociologist

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: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Profession: British Psychologist

Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?

Author: Jean Genet (1910-1986)

Profession: French Playwright, Novelist

Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune, or ''broken heart,'' is excuse for cutting off one's life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.

Author: Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935)

Profession: American Feminist and Writer

However great a man's fear of life, suicide remains the courageous act, the clear-headed act of a mathematician. The suicide has judged by the laws of chance -- so many odds against one that to live will be more miserable than to die. His sense of mathematics is greater than his sense of survival. But think how a sense of survival must clamor to be heard at the last moment, what excuses it must present of a totally unscientific nature.

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.

Author: Vaclav Havel (1936)

Profession: Czech Playwright, President