„I don't duel, boy. I kill as a soldier kills, which is as a butcher kills, as quickly, efficiently, and with as least risk to myself as I can arrange. If I decide you die, you will die when I choose, where I choose, by what means I choose, and you will never see the blow coming. (…) I don't duel. But if you seek to die like a bludgeoned steer, cross me again.“
— Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion
The Curse of Chalion (2000)
„For a while I was suicidal and I tried to kill myself. I think I should have died about four times.“
— Jack Osbourne Son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 1985
MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
„In a word, be it with reason or without reason or against reason, I am resolved not to die. And if, when at last I die out, I die altogether, then I shall not have died out of myself — that is, I shall not have yielded myself to death, but my human destiny shall have killed me. Unless I come to lose my head, or rather my heart, I will not abdicate from life — life will be wrested from me.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), VI : In the Depths of the Abyss
Kontext: I will not say that the more or less poetical and unphilosophical doctrines that I am about to set forth are those which make me live; but I will venture to say that it is my longing to live and to live for ever that inspires these doctrines within me. And if by means of them I succeed in strengthening and sustaining this same longing in another, perhaps when it is all but dead, then I shall have performed a man's work, and above all, I shall have lived. In a word, be it with reason or without reason or against reason, I am resolved not to die. And if, when at last I die out, I die altogether, then I shall not have died out of myself — that is, I shall not have yielded myself to death, but my human destiny shall have killed me. Unless I come to lose my head, or rather my heart, I will not abdicate from life — life will be wrested from me.
„[I claim] my right to think for myself, to refuse to have my ideas assigned to me as though I was an intellectual slave because I'm black.“
— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948
Reported in Ellis Cose, " Justice: Still Keeping Score http://web.archive.org/web/20070605123712/http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18248548/site/newsweek/page/2/", Newsweek (April 30, 2007).
— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
Zdroj: Man for Himself (1947), Ch. 4
„I could never kill myself. I approve of suicide if you have horrible health. Otherwise it's the ultimate hissy fit.“
— John Waters American filmmaker, actor, comedian and writer 1946
„If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself but to put myself back together again. Suicide will be for me only one means of violently reconquering myself, of brutally invading my being, of anticipating the unpredictable approaches of God. By suicide, I reintroduce my design in nature, I shall for the first time give things the shape of my will.“
— Antonin Artaud French-Occitanian poet, playwright, actor and theatre director 1896 - 1948
Si je me tue ce ne sera pas pour me détruire, mais pour me reconstituer, le suicide ne sera pour moi qu’un moyen de me reconquérir violemment, de faire brutalement irruption dans mon être, de devancer l’avance incertaine de Dieu. Par le suicide, je réintroduis mon dessin dans la nature, je donne pour la première fois aux choses la forme de ma volonté.
“On Suicide,” no. 1, Le Disque Vert (1925).
„I turn out the kitchen light and sit down at the kitchen table, my head buried in my arms. I try to tell myself that I feel sick from having had to write all those lies on my application. I'd commit suicide if I really saw myself as Keith's "assistant"! But I know that isn't the half of it…. If I do "choose to finish my B. A." I'll end up like Keith. But if I don't "choose" school I'll end up in Canada! And if I don't "choose" either – wouldn't I end up in Vietnam?“
— Mark Satin American political theorist, author, and newsletter publisher 1946
Pages 196–97. Fall of 1966. Satin has dropped out of SUNY and is sitting in his girlfriend's apartment in Manhattan. The application is for Canadian immigrant status. Keith, a supportive college professor, is seen by Satin as a plastic sellout.
Confessions of a Young Exile (1976)
— Dave Eggers, kniha A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Zdroj: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
„Only now that my son was gone did I realize how much I'd been living for him. When I woke up in the morning it was because he existed, and when I ordered food it was because he existed, and when I wrote my book it was because he existed to read it.“
— Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
Zdroj: The History of Love
„I don't care when I die, when you die, you die. What I don't want is to die in my bed. To be killed in an accident or to be shot is my preferred way to die.“
— Ashraf Pahlavi Iranian royal 1919 - 2016
In Bitter American Exile, the Shah's Twin Sister, Ashraf, Defends Their Dynasty (1980)
„I was in analysis. I was suicidal. As a matter of fact, I would have killed myself, but I was in analysis with a strict Freudian and if you kill yourself they make you pay for the sessions you miss.“
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
Standup Comic (1999)
Zdroj: Annie Hall: Screenplay
„You would rather face a life without me than to have me choose a life I would not choose for myself.“
— John Scalzi American science fiction writer 1969
Zdroj: The Sagan Diary
„Roark smiled, "Gail, if this boat were sinking, I'd give my life to save you. Not because it's any kind of duty. Only because I like you, for reasons and standards of my own. I could die for you. But I couldn't and wouldn't live for you.“
— Ayn Rand, kniha The Fountainhead
Zdroj: The Fountainhead
„I could always try MIT and then kill myself later if it was that bad but that I couldn't commit suicide and then try MIT afterwards.“
— Murray Gell-Mann American physicist 1929 - 2019
"The Making of a Physicist : A Talk with Murray Gell-Mann" at Edge.org (2003) http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/gell-mann03/gell-mann_print.html.
Kontext: I thought of killing myself but soon decided that I could always try MIT and then kill myself later if it was that bad but that I couldn't commit suicide and then try MIT afterwards. The two operations, suicide and going to MIT, don't commute...
„It’s because of you when I’m in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha Norské dřevo
Varianta: It's because of you when I'm in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day.
Zdroj: Norwegian Wood