6/30/11: some thoughts on suicide, not my own

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. ~Albert Camus 

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. ~Emile Durkheim

Write something, even if it is just a suicide note.  ~Gore Vidal

The calm
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.
~ Suicide Note, Langston Hughes 

The idea that suicide might spread contagiously like the plague had first been suggested after a girl traveled all the way from Batman to Kars just kill herself.  …  Ka thought it strangely depressing that the suicide girls had had to struggle to find a private moment to kill themselves.  ~Snow, Orhan Pamuk

We’re going to the place Donald wishes to die. When he dies we’ll bury him. That’s all. Of course it’s illegal but fuck everyone. ~Returning to Earth, Jim Harrison

Wrapping my black coat round me like my own sweet shadow, I unscrewed the bottle of pills and started taking them swiftly, between gulps of water, one by one by one.  ~The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

In a world where everyone struggles to survive whatever the cost, how could one judge those people who decide to die? No one can judge. Each person knows the extent of their own suffering or the total absence of meaning in their lives. Veronika wanted to explain that, but instead she choked on the tube in her mouth. ~Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho

We can’t ask if it was worth it, can we?  ~After Ikkyu and Other Poems, Jim Harrison

But surely you know that everyone has a death, 
his own death, 
waiting for him. 
So I will go now 
without old age or disease, 
wildly but accurately, 
knowing my best route, 
carried by that toy donkey I rode all these years, 
never asking, “Where are we going?” 
We were riding (if I’d only known) 
to this. 
~ from Suicide Note, Anne Sexton

He wants death by loneliness to add to his vita. It is not too auspicious a biography, as biographies go. But with the right death, it could become the corrective biography for his time, an era when the unexperienced life has at last gotten the uncontested upper hand. ~Prisoner’s Dilemma, Richard Powers

 

 

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4 Responses to 6/30/11: some thoughts on suicide, not my own

  1. Teddy says:

    thank you for saying
    not my own. :-}

  2. Linda Spalding says:

    Great quotes on suicide. I laughed upon reading Gore Vidal. One suicide has entirely different meanings and reasons than another one. The condemnation of said act is in my opinion what exacerbates the grief of loss. I’m thankful I had the therapy which helped me change my mind, yet I would not have qualms about doing so if certain conditions changed, e.g. quality of life. However, I have my documents in place that honor my wishes such as DNR among others related to quality of life.

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