Interesting Quotes on Life and Suicide

There are people who, by virtue of their knowledge or experience, have made statements with a profound impact on society. Through their own life experiences, they have been able to share their thoughts on aspects of life and their views on one’s responsibility to that life. They are not afraid to talk about suicide. They have discussed their beliefs with regard to suicide and what life entails with a quality of speech that is not readily copied.

With a lot of people feeling disillusioned with life and thinking about suicide, perhaps some words may inspire them to see the world with different eyes. Here are some of these thoughts on Life and suicide:

On Suicide:

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Phil Donahue

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.

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
Albert Camus

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
Albert Camus

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

“You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.”

Chuck Palahniuk

“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

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”

 Ben Okri

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On Life:

Leo Tolstoy

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.

Thomas Edison

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory in living lies in not ever falling, but in rising every time we fall.

William Dempster Hoard

Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.

John Quincy Adams

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

Franklin D Roosevelt

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Don Quixote

Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.

Peyton Conway March

There is a wonderful law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.

Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Feel free to add your favourite quote and share!


4 thoughts on “Interesting Quotes on Life and Suicide

  1. All well and good for those who do not have a mental illness…..I disagree with their rationale…especially Phil Donahue’s. Mental illness/depression is not just about a “temporary problem.” People struggling with mental illness for a lifetime know there is nothing “temporary” about their problems. Using words doesn’t do the trick if someone is really considering suicide. I resent the fact that some of these quotes infer that suicides are “cowards”….quite the opposite. It takes someone insane to die by their own hands, or that they are so ‘rational’ that they are facing death with much more bravery than most. I agree with the Colton quote on that score. It has long been understood that anxiety disorder is a malfunction of the “fight or flight” mechanism in the body. We are divinely structured to instinctively know when to run from danger…the survival instinct in us all. When that goes awry, we have irrational fears that possess us in a most chemical kind of way. Even the bravest soul can become sick with this kind of malady. That’s just a bit of the science behind only one of the many illnesses that fall under the umbrella of mental illness.

    The quotes used here are basically taken from a time when mental illness was poorly understood and that there was no science to prove that people actually DO have an illness…something no one chooses to have.

    You may be able to call someone back from the ledge if you can see that person IS on the ledge but if they are in a dark room with only their sickness to keep them there…there is no calling back. It would take some real understanding about mental illness for the world to stop the stigma, which is an unrealistic approach to and complete misunderstanding about, why a person dies by suicide. Nice try, though.

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    • I agree with you on the issue of mental illness. It’s not always that someone is trying to run away from the problems in their lives when they resort to suicide. Nice of you to write a detailed comment on that. I have met people who wanted to commit suicide. I heard of one in particular who was encouraged by that Phil Donahue quote that they could overcome their current problems. So, I approached the posting of these quotes with the mentality of hearing/sharing varied views on the two issues of life and suicide. Mental health is very important. Perhaps, on the next post I can find mental health quotes? Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Yes, that would be great. I would be interested in reading those. 🙂


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