| You see, the lightning refuses to strike
me -- that is where the defect is. We have to do our own striking, as Barney
Bernato did. But nobody ever gets the courage till he goes crazy.
- Letter to Henry Rogers, 16 June 1897
Suicide is the only sane thing the young or old ever do in this life.
But we are all insane, anyway...The suicides seem to be the only sane people.
- Mark Twain's Notebook, #40, (Jan. 1897-July 1900)
Of the demonstrably wise there are but two: those who commit suicide, & those who keep their reasoning faculties atrophied with drink.
- Notebook, 1898
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.
- Letter to William Dean Howells, 13 July 1889
I would not be a party to that last and meanest unkindness, treachery to a
would-be suicide. My sympathies have been with the suicides for many, many years.
I am always glad when the suicide succeeds in his undertaking. I always feel
a genuine pain in my heart, a genuine grief, a genuine pity, when some scoundrel
stays the suicide's hand and compels him to continue his life.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013), p. 45-46. Dictated 11 April 1906.
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