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What Drives People to Commit Suicide?

Suicide is a sensitive subject that millions of people are affected by every year. Environmental factors, mental illness, and other variables can all cause people to commit suicide. It is very important to spread awareness and stop suicides on a whole scale.

If you or any other individual you know has suicidal thoughts, seek help from a psychiatrist. Remember one thing anything can get better and healing is possible. Below are some Suicide Quotes to Inspire Preservation and give hope.

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  • “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
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  • “Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse.” – Karl A Menninger
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  • “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” – Juliette Lewis
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  • “Never never never give up.” – Winston Churchill
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  • “To anyone out there who’s hurting – it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s sign of strength.” – Barack Obama
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  • “We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.” – George Sand
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  • “Suicide doesn’t solve your problems. It only makes them infinitely, un-countably worse.” – Sinead O’Connor
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  • “On average, since the urge to kill myself isn’t so strong that I actually kill myself, the world is worth living in.” – Tao Lin
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  • “All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller
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  • “Its so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That’s above and beyond everything else, and it’s not a mental complaint – it’s a physical thing like it’s physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don’t come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people’s words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet.” – Ned Vizzini

Suicide Quotes to Bring Insight and Comfort During Difficult Times 

These top quotes about suicide, compiled by survivors and experts, can provide you with a perspective that is desperately needed at desperate times. These words of wisdom that come from the darkest moments in life will help you cope with suicidal thoughts and find ways not to get lost in your own depths.

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  • “A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that’s what it’s for!” – Arthur Miller 
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  • “Nothing in my life has ever made me want to commit suicide more than people’s reaction to my trying to commit suicide.” – Emilie Autumn
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  • “That’s the thing about suicide. Try as you might remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it.” – Anderson Cooper
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  • “When people kill themselves, they think they’re ending the pain, but all they’re doing is passing it on to those they leave behind.” – Jeannette Walls
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  • “The great thing about suicide is that it’s not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.” – Harvey Fierstein
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  • “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
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  • “Suicide. A sideways word, a word that people whisper and mutter and cough: a word that must be squeezed out behind cupped palms or murmured behind closed doors. It was only in dreams that I heard the word shouted, screamed.” – Lauren Oliver
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  • “A book is a suicide postponed.” – Emil Cioran
  • “Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Suicide Quotes to Help You Understand the Complexities of the Situation

In this collection of suicide quotes, you’ll find insights into suicide from survivors who have personally been affected by suicidal crises or those that have lost loved ones to suicide. These quotes have been grouped together to offer you helpful, supportive resources during your darkest times when hope is lost and you’re feeling overwhelmingly depressed.

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  • “No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.” – Robert Byrn
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  • “In most cases, suicide is a solitary event and yet it has often far-reaching repercussions for many others. It is rather like throwing a stone into a pond; the ripples spread and spread.” – Alison Wertheimer
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  • “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” – C. S. Lewis
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  • “It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way, one gets through many a bad night.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “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.” – Aristotle
  • “The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” – Voltaire
  • “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
  • “If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.” – Loretta Girzartis
  • “Death is easy. To live is the most painful thing I could imagine and I’m weak and no longer willing to fight.” – Hannah Wright
  • “Perhaps the saddest irony of depression is that suicide happens when the patient gets a little better and can again function sufficiently.” – Dick Cavett
  • Suicide is not an answer, it’s destruction.” – Al Green
  • “But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” – Albert Camus
  • “I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.”― David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • “Gay teenagers are four times as likely to attempt suicide as straight ones. I wish they knew that there’s nothing wrong with them; that they are just a different shade of normal.” – Jodi Picoult
  • “Suicide is not a blot on anyone’s name; it is a tragedy.” – Kay Redfield Jamison
  • “Drunkenness is temporary suicide.” – Bertrand Russell
  • “The thought that I might kill myself formed in my mind coolly as a tree or a flower.” – Sylvia Plath
  • “Suicide leaves everyone feeling guilty.” – Robert Harris
  • “Yeah, because you’ll really be showing them, won’t you. Talk about cutting up your wrists to spite your fate.” – Alexander Gordon Smith
  • “Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.” – Kat Calhoun
  • “The person who completes suicide, dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand… why?” – Clark
  • “I wonder if it will rain after we die. When you kill yourself, you don’t know what happens next, afterward.” – Albert Borris

Suicide Quotes to Bring Comfort and Understanding

When someone loses a loved one to suicide, the crushing guilt and grief can make them question their own life. It is important to remember that those with suicidal thoughts were fighting too. Use these quotes about this delicate matter to spread awareness of what it’s like for those going through these kinds of problems every day.

  • “Suicide creates a monstrous emotional upsurge of shame and guilt. Everyone participates in feeling responsible and even shamed at knowing the suicidal candidate. If these feelings are not healed the vampire of suicidal death can strike again and again.” – Linda Lee Landon
  • “All suicides have the responsibility of fighting against the temptation of suicide. Every one of them knows very well in some corner of his soul that suicide, though a way out, is rather a mean and shabby one, and that it is nobler and finer to be conquered by life than to fall by one’s own hand.” – Hermann Hesse
  • “Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn’t had an audience, and lines to speak?” – Jean Genet
  •  “Suicide is not a remedy.” – James A. Garfield
  • “It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.” – Emil Cioran
  • “I think suicide is sort of like cancer was 50 years ago. People don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want to know about it. People are frightened of it, and they don’t understand, when actually these issues are medically treatable.” – Judy Collins
  • “Soak up the views. Take in the bad weather and the good weather. You are not the storm.” – Matt Haig
  • “There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.” – Cyril Connolly
  • “The literal meaning of life is whatever you’re doing that prevents you from killing yourself.” – Albert Camus
  • “If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long.” – Hayley Williams

Suicide Quotes that Will Make You Think Twice

When people kill themselves, it can be emotionally challenging to even think about why they would do it. Use these original suicide awareness quotes to encourage understanding and acceptance of how deep depression, trauma or stress can take a person who everyone loved and cared for.

  • “I think many people kill themselves simply to stop the debate about whether they will or they won’t.” – Susanna Kaysen
  • “Suicide only really frightens those who are never tempted by it and never will be, for its darkness only welcomes those who are predestined to it.” – Georges Bernanos
  • “I could never kill myself. I approve of suicide if you have horrible health. Otherwise, it’s the ultimate hissy fit.” – John Waters
  • “The suicide passes a judgment. Society does not care to examine the judgment, but in defense of itself as is, condemns the suicide.” – Robert E. Neale
  • “It’s better to have a gay life of it than to commit suicide.” – Vincent Willem van Gogh
  • “Suicide may be a choice, but not as much as it is expected when everything else fails.” – Mark Brightlife
  • “Life is short enough, there is nothing worth here to take your life, and those things we do gain can never be taken to our grave.” – Anthony Liccione
  • “One, who suicides, is itself a killer and itself a victim. To trigger that has its decision, and own will, no one else.” – Ehsan Sehgal
  • “Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.” – Victor Hugo
  • “People, don’t commit suicide because they’re weak. They commit suicide because they have no reason to be strong.” – Cave Man
  • “No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.” —Cesare Pavese
  • “They tell us that Suicide is the greatest piece of Cowardice… That Suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.”—Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “There is something great and terrible about suicide.”—Honore de Balzac
  • “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”—Arnold J. Toynbee
  • “The suicide arrives at the conclusion that what he is seeking does not exist; the seeker concludes that what he has not yet looked in the right place.”—Paul Watzlawick

Suicide Prevention Quotes 

If you’re considering suicide, here are some things to think about: don’t let hardships such as bullying, sexual identity crisis, and financial problems lead you to end your life. Having difficulties during your teenage years can feel like the entire world is falling apart but remember that you’ll get through as long as you stay strong and help others in need.

  • “Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey.” — Unknown
  • “This world is more beautiful with you in it. ”— Unknown
  • “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” — John Green
  • “When it is darkest, we can see the stars.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” — Jack Penn
  • “Suicide is the last attempt of re-emergence of the will of life.” ― Lamine Pearlheart
  • “If your heart is still beating, God is not done with you yet.” — Dillion Burroughs
  • “Your life is not over. Your life is important. Don’t take your beauty from the world.” — Unknown
  • “There was a moment in my life when I really wanted to kill myself. And there was one other moment when I was close to that… But even in my most jaded times, I had some hope.” — Gerard Way
  • “There is no greater strength than choosing to live.”— Unknown

More Suicide Quotes and Sayings

Online communities make information much more accessible. When it comes to suicide prevention and awareness, this is particularly true of its latest developments as well as many first-hand accounts that reveal the struggles survivors go through each day.

  • “Living each day is one of the most extraordinary acts of courage” – Jennifer Betts
  • “Write something, even if it’s just a suicide note.”—Gore Vidal
  •  “When you twist the roots of your life with others, it’s easier to weather the storm.”— Unknown
  • “Often it feels like I am breathing today only because a few years back I had no idea which nerve to cut…”—Sanhita Baruah
  • “Everybody goes through difficult times, but it is those who push through those difficult times who will eventually become successful in life. Don’t give up, because this too shall pass.”— Jeanette Coron
  • “No one commits suicide because they want to die. Then why do they do it?” Because they want to stop the pain.” – Tiffanie DeBartolo
  • “You may not understand today or tomorrow, but eventually God will reveal why you went through everything you did.”— Unknown
  • “No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.”—David Hume
  • “They would rather have you messy and alive than not there at all.”— Jazz Thornton
  • “I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.”—David Levithan

Suicide Quotes to Give You Hope and a Reminder You Matter 

  • “Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Wake up, release your warrior and tell your demons, ‘Not today!’” –Helen Edwards
  • “It’s not about battling your past, but fighting for your future.”  –Jazz Thornton
  • “Create an environment where getting help and discussing suicide is something we do before a life is lost and not after.”  –Dexter A. Daniels
  • “By suicide, you can only hurt the people who love you.” -Sandesh Hukpachongbang
  • “You’re bigger than the sea you’re sinking in…” –Katie Beth
  • “When the devil creeps in with suicidal thoughts, don’t creep out rather flee to your pastor or a counselor before he overwhelms your soul.”  –ikechukwu Izuakor
  • “My own failed suicide attempt, led me to profession of helping others. Reach out. You are never alone.”  –David Essel
  •  “Don’t forget who you are and where you came from. Don’t get too emotional over little things. Don’t quit until you win the grand prize.” –Robert Randle
  • “The epic story of tomorrow can’t be written if it ends today.” – Unknown
  •  “Suicide is a serious thing. And if you know anyone who is suicidal, you need to get them help. No one should be in pain. Everyone should love themselves” – Gerard Way
  • You’re a victim of your own mind. 
  • Do you ever feel alone in a crowded room?
  • And she was alone and scared but no one cared.
  • Even angels have their wicked schemes and you take that to new extremes. – Rihanna
  • Absence makes the heart go fucking insane.
  • “I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional  human, you know?” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • “The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through     many a dark night.” ― Nietzsche
  • “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.” ― J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski

Suicide Quotes for Guidance and Strength 

  • “Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong.” ― Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression
  • “Everything…affects everything”― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
  • “I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.” ― Charles Bukowski
  • “The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
  • “Let them think what they liked, but I didn’t mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank — but that’s not the same thing.”― Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer and other stories
  • “Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It’s just too much for them.”― Phoebe Stone, The Boy on Cinnamon Street
  • “Suicide is a form of murder – premeditated murder. It isn’t something you do the first time you think of doing it. It takes getting used to. And you need the means, the opportunity, the motive. A successful suicide demands good organization and a cool head, both of which are usually incompatible with the suicidal state of mind.”― Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
  • “Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me – I quit!” ― Bill Maher
  • “I’m fine. Well, I’m not fine – I’m here.” “Is there something wrong with that?” “Absolutely.”― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • “I’m the girl nobody knows until she commits suicide. Then suddenly everyone had a class with her.” ― Tom Leveen, Party
  • “A book is a suicide postponed.”― Cioran
  • “The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die.” ― David Foster Wallace
  • “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” –Mahatma Gandhi
  • “So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it’s bad, it’s really simple.” – Damien Hirst 
  • “Two armies that fight each other is like one large army that commits suicide. – Henri Barbusse
  • “There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.” – Ernest Hemingway
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