Quotes #11: Don't Even Go There: Famous Quotes on Suicide
Cesare Pavese said "no one ever lacks a good reason for suicide." That is because most who take their lives do not learn the truth about suicide until their next life... when it's too late.
Here is the truth about suicide from one who has been there and back. The moral of this story is: 'Suicide: don't ever go there'.
Definition of Suicide: "Suicide is the act of one who causes his own death either by:
* Positively destroying his own life, as by inflicting on himself a mortal wound or injury.
to do what is necessary to escape
death, as in avoiding the obligation incumbent on man to
preserve his life."
Confession of a "Suicide": For about the last 150 years, I have been reeling from a series of suicides. In the American Civil War, I was so recklessly indifferent about my life that I was killed (failing to preserve my life). I incarnated into a life of violence in the American West so repugnant to me that I intentionally provoked another man into killing me (thereby inflicting a mortal wound on myself).
The Penalty: So next I - literally - descended into hell on Earth: 4 years in a Nazi concentration camp. When I could not take it anymore, I again arranged for my own death. Then I incarnated into this life with severe physical problems. All of these experiences have left me with a profound respect for the sacredness of all life.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Suicide:
Going from Being into Nothingness & Finding No Exit
"As much as the suicidal
personality feels able to escape the world by getting rid
of the body, reincarnation's revolving door ensures that
all hope (of escape) is short lived. Those who learn that
they have killed themselves in past lives are quickly
brought to the realization that suicide, far from being
an answer to life's problems is (instead) the violent
breaking of the lifeline. If the (suicide) could only
realize the resulting intensification of difficulty which
must enter the life to come, (suicide) would never be
"In cases in which the related
previous personality had committed suicide, the subject has
shown an inclination to contemplate and threaten suicide."
"Once a person has taken their life,
in the inner realms, the "suicide will repeat automatically
the feelings of despair and fear which preceded his self murder,
and go through the act and the death struggle time after time with
ghastly persistence... They remain conscious - often entangled in
the final scene of the earth life for a very long time, unaware
that they have lost the physical body."
"Every disgruntled person in
this world has played with the idea of suicide, self destruction,
at some time or other. The law of God does not allow self-destruction
in any form. When a person destroys himself to escape the problems
of life, he must return to life almost at once in a new bodily
incarnation in order to work out the karma which he refused to
confront in the life he just left."
"Woe to the suicides! I believe
that there can be none more miserable than they. Oh, there are
some who remain proud and fierce even in hell, in spite of their
certain knowledge and contemplation of the absolute truth; there
are some fearful ones who have given themselves over to Satan
and his proud spirit entirely. For such, hell is voluntary and
ever consuming; they are tortured by their own choice. For they
have cursed themselves, cursing God and life. And they will burn
in the fire of their own wrath forever and yearn for death and
annihilation. But they will not attain to death."
"Suicide thwarts the plan of the
entity which sends out the personality. Fortunately, the entity
is far beyond the reach of man's destructive tendencies."
"...it is only death which is
From a patient of Brain Weiss MD:
"''I'm going to shoot myself and end this misery! I've
shot myself in the mouth, and now I can see my body. I'm
still so sad. I'm so tired. But I can't rest. Someone is here
for me. He has something to tell me. I should not have ended
my life!' And so Brian Weiss reflects on his patient's story:
"Themes of separation and loss plagued his lifetime. This
time they had led him to suicide. He had been warned about not
ending a life prematurely. But losses were occurring anew, and
grief had returned. Would he remember or would hopeless despair
overtake him once again?"
Ian Stevenson began investigating
the case of the Brazilian Paulo Lorenz: The "personality
of reincarnating as Paulo was that of his deceased sister,
Emilia. She made several suicidal attempts. Finally she took
cyanide and died very quickly on October, 12, 1921."
Joe Fisher continued the research: Emilia died "fourteen
months before Paulo's birth. He took on Emilia's self destructive
instincts. Paulo made several attempts to kill himself before
committing suicide on September 5, 1966 by setting himself on
"Not only is suicide a sin, it
is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal
to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath
of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man.
The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is
concerned he wipes out the world... The suicide insults
everything on earth by not stealing it. He defiles every
flower by refusing to live for its sake. There is not a
tiny creature in the cosmos at whom his death is not a
sneer. When a man hangs himself on a tree, the leaves
might fall off in anger and the birds fly away in fury:
for each has received a personal affront... There is a
meaning in burying the suicide apart. The man's crime is
different from other crimes - for it makes even crimes
"...as soon as we examine
suicide from the standpoint of religion we immediately see
it in its true light. We have been placed in this world
under certain conditions and for specific purposes. But a
suicide opposes the purpose of his creator; he arrives in
the other world as one who has deserted his post; he must be
looked upon as a rebel against God. God is our owner; we
are his property; his providence works for our good."
"The devil is not only a liar,
but also a murderer, he constantly seeks our life, and wreaks his
anger whenever he can afflict our bodies with misfortune
and harm. Hence it comes that he often breaks men's necks
or drives them to insanity, drowns some, and incites many
to commit suicide, and to many other terrible calamities.
Therefore there is nothing for us to do upon earth but to
pray against this arch enemy without ceasing. For unless
God preserved us, we would not be safe from him even for
"A sleep without dreams,
after a rough day of
toil, is what we covet most; and yet
"I do see that there is an
argument against suicide: the grief of the worshipers left
behind, the awful famine in their hearts, these are too
costly terms for the release."
"As my body lay dead on that
stretcher (he later recovered from being struck by lightning
attracted by his cell phone), I was reliving every moment of
my life, including my emotions, attitudes, and motivations.
The depth of emotion I experienced during this life review
was astonishing. Not only could I feel the way both I and
the other person had felt when an incident took place, I
could also feel the feelings of the next person they
reacted to. I was in a chain reaction of emotion, one
that showed how deeply we affect one another."
"Yama, The Judge of the Dead,
will say, 'I will look into the mirror of evolution! When he
looks into the mirror of evolution, all your sins and virtues
will clearly and distinctly appear therein. You lies will not
help. But since you cannot die, even though your body is
cut to pieces, you revive again."
"The law does not expressly
permit suicide, and what it does not permit it forbids."
"And what shall he suffer who
slays him who of all men, as they say, is his own best friend?
I mean the suicide, who deprives himself by violence of his
appointed share of life. Not because the law of the state
requires him. Nor yet under the compulsion of some
painful and inevitable misfortune which has come upon
him. Nor because he has had to suffer from irremediable
and intolerable shame, but who from sloth or want of
manliness imposes upon himself an unjust penalty."
"For if it is not lawful to
take the law into our own hands and slay even a guilty person,
whose death no public sentence has warranted. Then certainly
he who kills himself is a homicide, and so much the guiltier of
his own death as he was more innocent of that offence for
which he doomed himself to die."
"God forbids suicide, and is
unwilling that his creatures should destroy themselves."
"But though this be a state of
liberty, yet it is not a state of license. Though man (has) an
uncontrollable liberty to dispose of his person or possessions,
he has not liberty to destroy himself... No one ought to harm
another in his life, health, liberty or possessions. For men
being all the workmanship of one omnipotent and infinitely wise
Maker; all the servants of one sovereign Master, sent into the
world by His order and about His business; they are His property,
whose workmanship they are made to last during His, not one
another's pleasure... Every one as he is bound to preserve himself,
and not to quit his station willfully."
"In no passage of the holy canonical
books there can be found either divine precept or permission to take
away our own life, whether for the sake of entering on the enjoyment
of immortality, or of shunning, or ridding ourselves of anything
whatever. Nay, the law, rightly interpreted, even prohibits suicide,
where it says, 'Thou shalt not kill.' This is proved especially by the
omission of the words "thy neighbor," which are inserted
when false witness is forbidden."
"It is altogether unlawful to kill
oneself... Wherefore suicide is contrary to the inclination of
nature, and to charity whereby every man should love
himself... Life is God's gift to man, and is subject to
His power, Who kills and makes to live. Hence whoever
takes his own life, sins against God... for it belongs to
God alone to pronounce sentence of death and life."
"How interesting it would be
to write the story of the experiences in this life of a man
who killed himself in his previous life; how he stumbles
against the very demands which had offered themselves before,
until he arrives at the realization that he must fulfill those
demands. The deeds of the preceding life give direction
to the present life."
"Nine men in ten are would
"Guns aren't lawful; nooses give;
gas smells awful. So you might as well live."
"There is in every madman a
misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened
people, and for whom delirium and suicide were the only solutions
to the strangulation that life had prepared for him."
"Success and failure are both
difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce,
fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication,
depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes
In Memorium to Kurt Cobain:
"He had it all. A great career as a rock star,
hordes of adoring fans, money up the wazoo, a loving
wife, a beautiful daughter, a future bright with
promise... and yet his response to success was the
ultimate failure: suicide. Despite the love surrounding
him on all sides: he could not see it, could not hear it,
could not feel it. It is love that makes us go on living.
It is love that attaches us to life. It is love that
carries us through the dark moments of our lives. So if
you are thinking about ending your life, learn from
Kurt's mistake. Take a moment to look around you. You may
be amazed to see there is more love around you than you
know and more reason for living than you could ever
"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."
"In the last analysis, the service
the Christian does is not his, but Christ's. Thus he must not feel
too keenly the burden of responsibility, because at the end
of the day all he can say is, 'We are unprofitable
servants'. This knowledge, far from inhibiting action,
actually releases the Christian from that appalling
feeling of responsibility that has driven so many
high-minded humanists to despair, even to suicide... Work
done conscientiously by the Christian is his share in
Christ's service; but it is Christ's service, and
therefore the Christian need neither be proud because it
has succeeded or overwhelmed because it has failed. The
service of Christ is supremely expressed in the apparent
failure of the Cross."
"As a man increases in moral
strength of character, so his conscience becomes more sensitive;
he realizes more keenly the distance that separates him from
the ideal, and hence the weight of the feeling of
guiltiness oppresses him ever more heavily. Growth in
goodness does not, therefore, necessarily imply increased
happiness, on the contrary, it may mean greater
unhappiness. And his unhappiness increasing in proportion
to the elevation of his ethical standards, a man's end is
either Buddha or suicide if he knows no God. While if he
knows God, it is despair or that conversion which, having
sobbed away its tears on the Father's breast, thence
derives ever new strength to fight the battle of life,
sure of the final victory."
"Blessed is every one that
loveth the Lord; that walketh in his ways."
"Ye are gods; and all of you
are children of the most High."
"For, behold, the kingdom of
God is within you."
"Yea, though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for
thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
"And Levin, a happy father and
a man in perfect health, was several times so near suicide
that he hid the cord, lest he be tempted to hang himself, and
was afraid to go out with his gun, for fear of shooting himself.
But Levin did not shoot himself, and did not hang himself; he
went on living."
"One does not become enlightened
by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness
"If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide."
"When all the blandishments of life
are gone, The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on."
"The ultimate measure of a man is
not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy."
"'Come, let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord: that He may teach us His ways' (Isaiah
2:3). 'Let the Word of God dwell in you' (1 Corinthians 3:16).
We should ponder these daily - some new fire to arouse the heart
will always be found, but we slip everyday. The flesh, sin, death
and the world assail us. Not for even one moment are we safe:
because sins surround us on all sides and weaken godly feelings.
Besides, the world persecutes us. So it is necessary to hear
the Word of God constantly, so our feelings may be enlightened.
'Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil' (Matthew
6:13). We must live every day by the Word as the body lives by
food. A return to the Word guards against sins.
The heart is always grinding. If the
grain, namely, the Word of God, is good; the bread,
namely your life, will be good."
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