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Blupete's Weekly Commentary


August 30th, 1998.

"Suicide"

"They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice; ... that is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person."
- Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea, 1819.

"This is the reason we cannot complain of life: it keeps no one against his will."
- Seneca.

Enter Hamlet.

-- 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 ... end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. '...
To sleep- perchance to dream: ay, 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.
... who would bear the whips and scorns of time, ...
Th' oppressor's wrong, ...
The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, ...
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death-
The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns- puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 3, Sc. 1.

"Of the demonstrably wise there are but two: those who commit suicide, and those who keep their reasoning faculties atrophied with drink."
- Mark Twain.

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