Quotes about suicide

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„There is something great and terrible about suicide.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

Il existe je ne sais quoi de grand et d'épouvantable dans le suicide.
The Wild Ass’s Skin (1831), Part I: The Talisman

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„Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.“

—  Martin Heidegger, book Contributions to Philosophy

Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) [Beitrage Zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis)], notes of 1936–1938, as translated by Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly (1989)
Context: Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy. Those who idolize "facts" never notice that their idols only shine in a borrowed light.
Context: Those in the crossing must in the end know what is mistaken by all urging for intelligibility: that every thinking of being, all philosophy, can never be confirmed by "facts," ie, by beings. Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy. Those who idolize "facts" never notice that their idols only shine in a borrowed light. They are also meant not to notice this; for thereupon they would have to be at a loss and therefore useless. But idolizers and idols are used wherever gods are in flight and so announce their nearness.

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„By what aberration has suicide, the only truly normal action, become the attribute of the flawed?“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

Drawn and Quartered (1983)

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„Here's the difficulty about suicide: it is an act of ambition that can be committed only when one has passed beyond ambition.“

—  Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950

La difficoltà di commettere suicidio sta in questo: è un atto di ambizione che si può commettere solo quando si sia superata ogni ambizione.
This Business of Living (1935-1950)

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