90,204. The world often sees the issues of Palestine through the tragedy and horror of suicide bombings. An expression of despair by powerless people against an oppressor armed with modern weapons. The first female suicide bomber struck in January 1992; her name was Wafa Idris. The only daughter of a family of refugees who were driven out of their home near Tel Aviv. She was twenty-eight, an ambulance volunteer. What makes an ambulance volunteer, a carer, become a suicide-bomber? (Suicide & Palestine) John Pilger, Palestine is Still the Issue
31,178. Found Drowned by G F Watts is an almost religion vision of the fallen woman. Stretched out like a martyr to Victorian morality ... Her body is bathed in a warm light. Set against a cold uncaring world. A single light shines down on her ... Its title was taken from a regular column in The Times newspaper which listed the number of women who had thrown themselves into the Thames. (England & Great Britain & Art & Suicide) Jeremy Paxman: The Victorians: Home Sweet Home
38,932. I think a lot of these kid believe that they’re going to be around to watch who comes to the funeral and who gives them respect or gives them a sense of care and a sense of love which many of them feel they don’t have – that’s a terrible reason to commit suicide. So, my life for a moment of respect. It’s a hell of a bargain. (Australia & Suicide) Professor Colin Tatz, Director Genocide Studies Centre Macquarie University
41,637. In a suicide note left in an envelope for police a forty-five-year-old man wrote that he killed his mother-in-law, wife and three sons ages nineteen, twelve and seven over finances. (Working Class & Finance & Suicide) Andrew Materi, Inconvenient Death of the Working Class
41,871. No-one else in this market has had the balls to commit suicide. (Money & Economics & Banksters & Suicide & Wall Street) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010 starring Michael Douglas & Shia LaBeouf & Josh Brolin & Carey Mulligan & Eli Wallach & Susan Sarandon & Frank Langella & Austin Pendleton & Sylvia Miles & Venessa Ferlito & Jason Clark et al, director Oliver Stone, Gekko to Jacob
90,174. I’m going to kill myself. I’m going to blow my brains out right on the air, right in the middle of the Seven-o’clock News. Network 1976 Network starring Faye Dunaway & Peter Finch & William Holden & Robert Duvall & Wesley Addy & Ned Beatty & Beatrice Straight & Jordan Charney & William Prince & Lane Smith & Marlene Warfield & Conchata Ferrell et al, director Sidney Lumet
44,570. Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like at this moment to announce that I will be retiring from this program in two weeks’ time because of poor ratings. Since this show is the only thing I have going for me in my life I have decided to kill myself. I’m going to blow my brains out right on this program a week from today. (Television & Suicide) ibid.
46,156. A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life. (Shakespeare & Suicide) William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet 1996 starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Brian Dennehy & Christina Pickles & Dash Mihok & Jesse Bradford & Zak Orth & Claire Danes & Paul Sorvino & Diane Venora & John Leguizamo & Harold Perrineau & Pete Postlethwaite & Paul Rudd & Vondie Curtis-Hall et al, director Baz Luhrmann
90,183. Why rail’st thou on thy birth, the heaven, and earth,
Since birth and heaven and earth, all three, do meet
In thee at once, which thou at once wouldst lose ...
Take heed, take heed, for such die miserable. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet III iii 118-120 & 144, Friar Laurence to Romeo
90,184. Let’s stab ourselves. William Shakespeare, Henry V IV v Folio, Dauphin
90,185. But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I iii 93
90,186. But I do find it cowardly and vile
For fear of what might fall so to prevent
The time of life. ibid. V i 103-105, Brutus
45,992. So every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity. (Shakespeare & Suicide) William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 1970 starring Charlton Heston & Diana Rigg & Jason Robards & Christopher Lee & John Gielgud & Robert Vaughn & Richard Chamberlain & Richard Johnson & Jill Bennett et al, director Stuart Burge, Vaughn as Casca
45,994. Coward that I am to live so long. (Shakespeare & Suicide) ibid. Cassius
90,187. O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God! William Shakespeare, Hamlet I ii 129-132, Hamlet
1,194. To be, or not to be – that is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? – To die – to sleep –
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to; ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die – to sleep –
To sleep! Perchance to dream. Aye, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office...’ (Life’s Like That & Be & Question & Noble & Mind & Suffer & Fortune & Arms & Trouble & Opposition & Death & Pain & Suicide & Dream & Oppress & Law & Office & Fortunate) ibid. III i 56-73
90,188. There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke,
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she changed snatches of old tunes,
As one incapable of her own distress. ibid. IV xii 173
46,138. If thou needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than drowning. (Shakespeare & Suicide) Othello 2012, Globe Theatre production Sky Arts, Iago
90,189. You ever gentle gods, take my breath from me.
Let not my worser spirit tempt me again
To die before you please. William Shakespeare, The History of King Lear IV v 108-210, Gloucester
90,190. And it is great
To do that thing that ends all other deeds,
Which shackles accidents and bolts up change. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra V ii 4-6, Cleopatra
90,191. Where art thou, death?
Come hither, come. V ii 45-46, Cleopatra
90,192. He that hath a will to die by himself fears it not from another. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus V ii 104-105, Menenius
47,285. Those who committed suicide suffered alongside murderers. (Heaven & Hell & Suicide) Mysteries of the Bible: Heaven & Hell s3e9
47,973. Nearly 300 people are killed on British railways every year. (Railways & Suicide) The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track VI: North of the Border
47,974. Most fatalities on the railways are suicides. (Railways & Suicide) ibid.
50,407. A rising suicide rate is linked to the increasing use of solitary confinement. (Prison & Suicide) Prison Nation