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Marilyn Monroe: The simplest explanation is that she took twenty-four or twenty-five doses of Nembutal in one episode. It was with the intention of committing suicide. Dr Nicholas Cozzi, pharmacologist
No more games. No more bombs. No more walking. No more fun. No more swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No fun – for anybody. 67. You are getting greedy. Act your old age. Relax – This won’t hurt. Hunter S Thompson, suicide note
Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live. Dorothy Parker, Resume, 1937
If wild my breast and sore my pride,
I bask in dreams of suicide,
If cool my heart and high my head
I think, How Lucky are the Dead. Dorothy Parker
I never see that prettiest thing –
A cherry bough gone white with Spring –
But what I think, How gay ’twould be
To hang me from a flowering tree. Dorothy Parker, Not so Deep as a Well
What if I don’t want to go on, boy? What if I don’t want to sit shivering in my fluffy slippers, sucking on angina tablets and peering through my cataracts watching some stinking episode of Home and Away, eh? Rab C Nesbitt s4e4: Test, BBC 1994
I had nay option but to top meself – the tele was shite. Rab C Nesbitt s6e4: Semmitry, BBC 1997
Dear World. Fuck off. Rab C Nesbitt, Jamesie’s suicide note
Jamsie at the Unemployment Centre: I’m going to go and top myself.
Work enforcer: If you leave, you lose your benefit. Rab C Nesbitt
Killing myself – this is my last supper, right. I’ve finished building my gallows. The Young Ones s1e1: Demolition **** Neil with head in oven, BBC 1982
I’m going to kill myself now. [sticks head in oven] I see things much more clearly now. Goodbye, Rick. I’ll probably come back as a lentil. ibid. Neil to Rick
Right. That’s it. I’m going to kill myself and then you’ll be sorry. The Young Ones s2e1: Bambi, Rick, BBC 1984
The game of life is hard to play
Gonna lose it anyway
The losing card I’ll someday lay
So this is all I have say:
Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave if I please … Theme from MASH
How about hanging ourselves? Samuel Beckett, Waiting For Godot starring Stephen Brennan & Barry McGovern & Johnny Murphy & Sam McGovern et al, director Michael Lindsay-Hoggibid, Estragon
I don’t seem to be able to depart. ibid. Pozzo
The best thing would be to kill me. ibid.
Why don’t we hang ourselves? ibid. Estragon
We’ll hang ourselves tomorrow. Unless Godot comes. ibid. Vladimir
It is suicide to be abroad. But what is it to be at home, Mr Tyler, what is it to be at home? A lingering dissolution. Thomas Beckett, All That Fall, 1957
At the last count more than 30 of the Guantanamo Bay detainees had attempted suicide. Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties, 2004
Suicide Forest, Japan: Said to contain high levels of electromagnetic energy. Ancient Aliens s3e10: Aliens and Evil Places, History 2012
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Albert Camus
A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future. Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank. Langston Hughes
It’s thought that he walked into the field and shot himself in the stomach. He then struggled back to his lodgings and lay on his bed till he was found in a pool of blood. Great Artists with Tim Marlow: Van Gogh
A shot rang out. Vincent fainted and staggered to the ground. He regained consciousness and managed to stumble back to the inn ... He died in Theo’s arms ... Vincent was aged thirty-seven. Vincent – The Untold Story of Our Uncle II, caption, Sky Arts 2012
Why was the gun never found? Why did each person involved have a different version of events? Why would he commit suicide when he was finally receiving recognition for his work and being noticed in the art world? Why shoot yourself in the stomach? ibid.
In a fit of panic he [Christopher Wood] threw himself under a train; he was killed at the age of twenty-nine. Dr James Fox, The Art of Cornwall, BBC 2010
The goal is to bring down those sick fuckers, Mum and Peter. My own mother – what an evil little cunt. Goddamn. How can you do that to kids? How can you do that to kids and sleep at night? Rick’s video suicide note, viz: Cults: Family International
It’s a need for revenge. It’s a need for justice. Because I can’t go on like this. ibid.