100 Quotes About Suicide

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Suicide is the most sincere form of self-criticism.



Suicide does not mean there was no killer.



Nine men in ten are would-be suicides.

—Benjamin Franklin


There is but one true philosophical problem and that is suicide.

—Albert Camus


Suicide is the punctuation mark at the end of many artistic careers.

—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


Love is the sweetest and slowest form of suicide…



To be or not to be. That’s not really a question.

—Jean-Luc Godard


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

—Friedrich Nietzsche


Write something, even if it’s just a suicide note.

—Gore Vidal


Early on, if I was alone two or three nights in a row, I’d start writing poems about suicide.

—Jack Nicholson


We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.

—George Sand


People rarely bring flowers to a suicide.

—Jennifer Niven


We couldn’t imagine the emptiness of a creature who put a razor to her wrists and opened her veins, the emptiness and the calm.

—Jeffrey Eugenides


Death is easy. To live is the most painful thing I could imagine and I’m weak and no longer willing to fight.

—Hannah Wright


The walls of her room are screaming out loud all of the secrets that she’s held onto for all these years, every tear that broke her heart and slashed her wrist, and every memory that rips apart her soul. And to this day, she still cant breathe.



Suicide seemed to me the greatest kind of freedom, a release from everything, from a life that had been ruined a long time ago.

—Natascha Kampusch


Suicide is the role you write for yourself. You inhabit it and you enact it. All carefully staged—where they will find you and how they will find you. But one performance only.

—Philip Roth


Death is life’s way of telling you you’re fired. Suicide is your way of telling life you quit.



To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.



She already felt dead in everything but name. What remained to be taken from her—She longed to be enfolded, welcomed, into the earth—to breathe no more, love no more, hurt no more.

—Alan Brennert


Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

—Phil Donahue


Perhaps the saddest irony of depression is that suicide happens when the patient gets a little better and can again function sufficiently.

—Dick Cavett


On average, since the urge to kill myself isn’t so strong that I actually kill myself, the world is worth living in.

—Tao Lin


Gay teenagers are four times as likely to attempt suicide as straight ones. I wish they knew that there’s nothing wrong with them; that they are just a different shade of normal.

—Jodi Picoult


Suicide is not a blot on anyone’s name; it is a tragedy.

—Kay Redfield Jamison


The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage.

—Chuck Palahniuk


Women are constantly trying to commit suicide for love, but generally they take care not to succeed.

—W. Somerset Maugham


When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.

—Edward Dahlberg


Suicide only really frightens those who are never tempted by it and never will be, for its darkness only welcomes those who are predestined to it.

—Georges Bernanos


Killing yourself is a major commitment, it takes a kind of courage. Most people just lead lives of cowardly desperation. It’s kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.

—Robert Crumb


If my Valentine you won’t be,
I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.

—Ernest Hemingway


No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.

—Cesare Pavese


Suicide. A sideways word, a word that people whisper and mutter and cough: a word that must be squeezed out behind cupped palms or murmured behind closed doors. It was only in dreams that I heard the word shouted, screamed.

—Lauren Oliver


Drunkenness is temporary suicide.

—Bertrand Russell


It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable.

—Franz Kafka


Cutting, and suicide, two very different symptoms of the same problem, are gaining on us. I personally don’t know a single person who doesn’t know at least two of these victims personally.



The thought that I might kill myself formed in my mind coolly as a tree or a flower.

—Sylvia Plath


Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse.

—Karl A. Menninger


The language of love letters is the same as suicide notes.

—Courtney Love


Once you are married, there is nothing left for you, not even suicide.

—Robert Louis Stevenson


What’s the big fucking deal—Lots of amazing people have committed suicide, and they turned out all right.

—Emilie Autumn


Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.

—Victor Hugo


They tell us that Suicide is the greatest piece of Cowardice… That Suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.

—Arthur Schopenhauer


There is something great and terrible about suicide.

—Honore de Balzac


Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men. As far as he is concerned he wipes out the world.

—G. K. Chesterton


The great thing about suicide is that it’s not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.

—Harvey Fierstein


Life’s greatest gift is the freedom it leaves you to step out of it whenever you choose.

—André Breton


Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.

—Arnold J. Toynbee


Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference.

—Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide.

—Woodrow Wilson


I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.

—Langston Hughes


When people kill themselves, they think they’re ending the pain, but all they’re doing is passing it on to those they leave behind.

—Jeannette Walls


That’s the thing about suicide. Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it.

—Anderson Cooper


The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die.

—David Foster Wallace


No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.

—Robert Byrne


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

—Emil Cioran


The suicide arrives at the conclusion that what he is seeking does not exist; the seeker concludes that what he has not yet looked in the right place.

—Paul Watzlawick


So easy to go sailing off this road. A wonder more folks didn’t. All that space, waiting.

—S. M. Hulse


In most cases, suicide is a solitary event and yet it has often far-reaching repercussions for many others. It is rather like throwing a stone into a pond; the ripples spread and spread.

—Alison Wertheimer


When you’re young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you’re laughing again.

—Marilyn Monroe


If you don’t do it my way, I suggest you commit suicide.

—Josef Albers


He just wanted to see what a girl who was crazy enough to kill herself looked like.

—Sylvia Plath


If suicide is allowed then everything is allowed. If anything is not allowed then suicide is not allowed. This throws a light on the nature of ethics, for suicide is, so to speak, the elementary sin. And when one investigates it it is like investigating mercury vapour in order to comprehend the nature of vapours.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein


No man kills himself unless there is something wrong with his life.

—A. Alvarez


Nothing in my life has ever made me want to commit suicide more than people’s reaction to my trying to commit suicide.

—Emilie Autumn


Suicide doesn’t solve your problems. It only makes them infinitely, un-countably worse.

—Sinead O’Connor


Suicide leaves everyone feeling guilty.

—Robert Harris


People do not die from suicide, they die from sadness.



Yeah, because you’ll really be showing them, won’t you. Talk about cutting up your wrists to spite your fate.

—Alexander Gordon Smith


suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.

—Kat Calhoun


Fear of heights is fear of a desire to jump.

—Amruta Patil


Nobody has ever killed themselves over a broken arm. But every day, thousands of people kill themselves because of a broken heart. Why—Because emotional pain hurts much worse than physical pain.

—Oliver Markus


All my life I have had the utmost admiration for suicides. I have always considered them superior to me in every way.

—Thomas Bernhard


You don’t know what cold is until you’ve experienced the cold you feel when the blood is draining out of your body.



I think many people kill themselves simply to stop the debate about whether they will or they won’t.

—Susanna Kaysen


No woman kills herself for love, and rarely for shame. It is the cruelty of hope that does a woman in; for no matter how many men a woman has given herself to, she never holds her life cheap until she foolishly believed it to be valued.

—Sheri Holman


The Suicide, as she is falling,
Illuminated by the moon,
Regrets her act, and finds appalling
The thought she will be dead so soon.

—Edward Gorey


Here in the bathroom with me are razor blades. Here is iodine to drink. Here are sleeping pills to swallow. You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. Every time you don’t throw yourself down the stairs, that’s a choice. Every time you don’t crash your car, you reenlist.

—Chuck Palahniuk


I’m the girl nobody knows until she commits suicide. Then suddenly everyone had a class with her.

—Tom Leveen


Often it feels like I am breathing today only because a few years back I had no idea which nerve to cut…

—Sanhita Baruah


I wonder if it will rain after we die. When you kill yourself, you don’t know what happens next, afterward.

—Albert Borris


It wasn’t until ’94 when I tried to commit suicide that I realized that it wasn’t about the money.

—Vanilla Ice


But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.

—Albert Camus


In the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology.

—Chuck Grassley


Suicide creates a monstrous emotional upsurge of shame and guilt. Everyone participates in feeling responsible and even shamed at knowing the suicidal candidate. If these feelings are not healed the vampire of suicidal death can strike again and again.

—Linda Lee Landon


He killed himself for wanting to live.

—Markus Zusak


No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.

—David Hume


Jesus was a suicide, if you ask me.

—Marsha Norman


What else is there to do in college except drink beer or slit one’s wrists?

—Bret Easton Ellis


I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.

—David Levithan


I can
almost understand

—Charles Bukowski


No neurotic harbors thoughts of suicide which are not murderous impulses against others redirected upon himself.

—Sigmund Freud


The world is full of ‘friends’ of suicide victims thinking ‘if I had only made that drive over there, I could have done something.’

—Darnell Lamont Walker


The red washing
down the bathtub
can’t change the color of the sea
at all.

—Derrick Brown


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

—Jean Genet


All healthy men have thought of their own suicide.

—Albert Camus


All suicides have the responsibility of fighting against the temptation of suicide. Every one of them knows very well in some corner of his soul that suicide, though a way out, is rather a mean and shabby one, and that it is nobler and finer to be conquered by life than to fall by one’s own hand.

—Hermann Hesse


To make yourself something less than you can be—that, too, is a form of suicide.
–Benjamin Lichtenberg


Suicide is much easier and more acceptable in Hollywood than growing old gracefully.

—Julie Burchill


Suicide—the only offence against the Laws for which men cannot devise a punishment.

—Abraham Miller


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
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