„The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
„If she were drowning I would not look—but I would not pull her out. I would not be a party to that last and meanest unkindness, treachery to a would-be suicide. My sympathies have been with the suicides for many, many years. I am always glad when the suicide succeeds in his undertaking. I always feel a genuine pain in my heart, a genuine grief, a genuine pity, when some scoundrel stays the suicide's hand and compels him to continue his life.“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„The rational man may talk a good game about suicide, but reason must give way to obsession and finally squalor before he can actually do it.“
— Wilfrid Sheed English-American novelist and essayist 1930 - 2011
"A. Alvarez: The Savage God" (1972), p. 69
„The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade all the other people how good they are.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Context: The pessimist is commonly spoken of as the man in revolt. He is not. Firstly, because it requires some cheerfulness to continue in revolt, and secondly, because pessimism appeals to the weaker side of everybody, and the pessimist, therefore, drives as roaring a trade as the publican. The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade all the other people how good they are. It has been proved a hundred times over that if you really wish to enrage people and make them angry, even unto death, the right way to do it is to tell them that they are all the sons of God. "Introduction"
„The will of the world is always a will to death, a will to suicide. We must not accept this suicide, and we must so act that it cannot take place.“
— Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994
„Only optimists commit suicide, the optimists who can no longer be... optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why should they have any to die?“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
„There is no comparison between the suicidal terrorism of the desperate and the reasoned terrorism of an overarmed state.“
— Ilan Halevi Jewish Palestinian journalist, politician 1943 - 2013
A History of the Jews (1987).
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
"The Poets' Corner III," The Pall Mall Gazette http://www.online-literature.com/wilde/1307/ (May 30, 1887).
— James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987
„Suicide is a form of murder—premeditated murder. It isn’t something you do the first time you think of doing it. It takes getting used to. And you need the means, the opportunity, the motive. A successful suicide demands good organization and a cool head, both of which are usually incompatible with the suicidal state of mind.“
— Susanna Kaysen American writer 1948
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983