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Suicide Quotes: 40 Suicide Phrases To Look Out For

These suicide quotes will make your hair stand on end. Stay alert, the suicide phrases could foretell potential tragedies

According to the World Health Organisation,  suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 - 29-year-olds globally.  Suicide phrases can offer a glimpse into a dark world, a depressed psyche which can allow us to intervene and provide help. Most often, simply talking to someone at the right time can make a world of difference and avoid a potentially fatal outcome. 

We have compiled a list of 20 suicide phrases to pay attention to, as well as  a collection of 20 famous suicide quotes, uttered by famous writers and poets who have struggled with the agony of deciding between life and (self-inflicted) death. 

Famous suicide quotes

1. "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." Phil Donahue

2." The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night."  Friedrich Nietzsche

3. "The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage." Chuck Palahniuk

4. "Suicide is man's way of telling God, 'You can't fire me - I quit." Bill Maher

5. "Did you really want to die? No one commits suicide because they want to die. Then why do they do it? Because they want to stop the pain." Tiffanie DeBartolo

6. "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

7. "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

8. "If you must commit suicide... always contrive to do it as decorously as possible; the decencies, whether of life or of death, should never be lost sight of." George Borrow

9. "Suicide is a fundamental human right. This does not mean that it is morally desirable. It only means that society does not have the moral right to interfere." Thomas S Szasz    

10. "The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility." Emil Cioran   

11. "Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society." Honore de Balzac       

12. "There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say." Cyril Connolly      

13. "Razors pain you; rivers are damp; acids stain you, and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful; you might as well live." Dorothy Parker 

14. "What difference is there between a smoker and a suicide, except that the one takes longer to kill himself than the other." Jacob Blade

15. "If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long." Hayley Williams

16. "Because if you kill yourself, you’re also going to kill the people who love you." Anonymous

17. “But in the end, one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” Albert Camus

18. “We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.” George Sand,

19. “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

20. “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” Juliette Lewis

20 suicide phrases to pay attention to
Suicide quotes - Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance abuse are risk factors. |

20 suicide phrases to pay attention to 

Many voices claim that such expressions are only meant to attract attention; however, we cannot ignore the telltale signs of depression and mental illness which can potentially lead to suicidal thoughts and, worst of all, death. 

1. I hear voices that  tell me to “do it.”

Mental illness, such as schizophrenia, are among the leading causes of suicide and anyone claiming to hear voices should never be ignored. 

2. I don't want to die; I need to die 

Being in a constant state of depression can wear someone down and lead them to say such things. 

3. I want to kill myself

Unsatisfaction with life can make some people have radial thoughts. 

4. Dying isn't the worst part; it's living as if you were already dead on the inside. 

Statements like these reflect the daily struggle of those who deal with suffering. 

5. There is always a twinge of pain in every “I'm fine, thanks.”

It's important to look past first impressions and realize when someone is trying to hide a sad truth. 

6. No one will care once I'm gone.

Like we mentioned above, all these statements should set off alarms bells and keep us on our toes. 

7. I won't kill myself, but I want to die. 

Perhaps there is no immediate threat of suicide, but this phrase is a clear indication of someone who is hurting and needs help. 

8. I can't call this life when every night I go to sleep wishing not to wake up

Some people feel so profoundly overlooked that they have suicidal thoughts. 

9. Hell must be a spacious place; all the devils are there. 

The perception that the world is a bad place with little to no prospects is what causes some to take drastic decisions. 

10. Sometimes, cutting is better than spending years in therapy

This phrase is a clear indication that this person is self-harming and that they may have thought about killing themselves. 

11. Bridges are in love with suicidal people

Bridges are often used in suicide attempts, which is why they are called suicide bridges. 

If suicide were painless, the world would be empty
Suicide quotes - Stay on the lookout for these phrases and help those who need it get through dark moments.

12. Who can love a suicidal person?

Low self-esteem and lack of confidence are many times critical factors in a person's motivation for committing suicide. 

13. I don't remember a time my wrists didn't have cuts on them

Many of the people who have attempted suicide will try again within a year. 

14. I'm not well, again 

This feeling could trigger the onset of another suicidal episode, make sure you monitor the person and inform their guardians, partners, or the local suicide hotline, to raise awareness on the problem and find ways to help. 

15. It won't be until I'm dead that I will truly be happy

There is a difference between making dramatic, off-hand comments and truly contemplating suicide which is why one can never be too careful. 

16. You know it's time when the blade of the knife no longer hurts

Cutting one's wrists is another way of committing suicide, and if we hear these words, we need to take measures and ensure the person in question is not in danger. 

17. I've lost count of all the times they've said things will get better

Feeling like you're trapped in a loop could cause many to jump to drastic conclusions.

18. To think I once believed I was going to get better

Many people are pushed over the edge when faced with disheartening news. 

19. If I were to die tomorrow, the planet would continue turning, the sun would continue shining, and you would keep living. So, why not do it?

Sometimes, people feel as if they are a burden and no one will notice their absence. Make sure not to ignore these signs and to offer your support and counsel to those in need. 

20. There is no bigger lie than life itself

Dissatisfaction with life often leads one to think about ending it.