„I am inclined to follow the course suggested by a friend of mine who says that he has always followed the rule never to murder a man who is committing suicide, and clearly this misdirected gentleman is committing suicide slowly but sureley.“

—  Woodrow Wilson, Letter to Bernard Baruch (19 August 1916), PWW 38:51 Variant: Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide.
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