Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

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William Blackstone, fully Sir William Blackstone

The suicide is guilt of a double offence; one spiritual, in invading the prerogative of the Almighty... the other temporal, against the king.

Guilt | Suicide | Wisdom |

Noah Weinberg, fully Rabbi Yisrael Noah Weinberg

Killing time is suicide on the installment plan.

Plan | Suicide | Time | Wisdom |

David Hume

If suicide be supposed a crime, it is only cowardice can impel us to it. If it be no crime, both prudence and courage should engage us to rid ourselves at once of existence when it becomes a burden.

Courage | Cowardice | Crime | Existence | Prudence | Prudence | Suicide | Wisdom |

Hugh Miller

Atheism is the death of hope, the suicide of the soul.

Atheism | Death | Hope | Soul | Suicide | Wisdom |

Saint Thomas Aquinas, aka Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis or Doctor Universalis

Everything naturally loves itself, the result being that everything naturally keeps itself in being, and resists corruption as far as it can. Wherefore suicide is contrary to the inclination of nature, and to charity whereby every man should love himself.

Charity | Corruption | Inclination | Love | Man | Nature | Suicide |

Arnold J. Toynbee, fully Arnold Joseph Toynbee

The cause of the breakdowns of civilizations is not to be found in loss of command over the human environment, as measured by the encroachment of alien human forces... The most that an alien enemy has achieved has been to give an expiring suicide his coup de grace.

Cause | Enemy | Grace | Suicide | Loss |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide int he liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.

Health | Society | Suicide | Truth |

Ervin László

Evolving our consciousness is not something we do only for ourselves - it is something we also do for others...for all others, and for the earth. Because we open up and let our body and mind feel the ties with others and with nature, we change ourselves, and change others around us. When a sufficient number of people pray or meditate together, or find another path to evolve their consciousness, other people are affected as well. More sick people heal, divorce and suicide rates drop, crime and violence diminish. When many people open up, a powerful force develops - a leap of consciousness takes place.

Body | Change | Consciousness | Crime | Force | Mind | People | Suicide |

Jimmy Carter, fully James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.

We have been reminded that cruel and inhuman acts can be derived from distorted theological beliefs, as suicide bombers take the lives of innocent human beings, draped falsely in the cloak of God's will. With horrible brutality, neighbors have massacred neighbors in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In order for us human beings to commit ourselves personally to the inhumanity of war, we find it necessary first to dehumanize our opponents, which is in itself a violation of the beliefs of all religions. Once we characterize our adversaries as beyond the scope of God's mercy and grace, their lives lose all value. We deny personal responsibility when we plant landmines and, days or years later, a stranger to us — often a child – is crippled or killed. From a great distance, we launch bombs or missiles with almost total impunity, and never want to know the number or identity of the victims.

Inhumanity | Mercy | Order | Responsibility | Suicide | Child |

Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, Muslim name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

We were truly all the same (brothers) - because their belief in one God had removed the “white” from their minds, the “white” from their behavior, and the “white” from their attitudes... Each hour here in the Holy Land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth - the only way left to American to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

Belief | God | Land | Suicide | Truth | Will | God |

Meher Baba, born Merwan Sheriar Irani

Everywhere today man is rightfully occupied with the problem of world peace. If there is war, it means nothing short of racial suicide and total destruction. But world peace cannot be ensured through dogmas, however learned, or organizations, however efficient. It can be ensured only by a release of unarguing and unconquerable love which knows no fear or separateness.

Fear | Love | Man | Means | Nothing | Peace | Suicide | World |

Otto von Bismarck, Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg

Preventive war is like committing suicide for fear of death.

Fear | Suicide | War |

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The day is not far distant when humanity will realize that biologically it is faced with a choice between suicide and adoration.

Choice | Day | Humanity | Suicide | Will |

Robert Byrne, fully Robert Leo Byrne

No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.

Good | Reading | Suicide |

Simone Weil

To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny.

Danger | Happy | Soul | Suicide | Danger |

Theodor W. Adorno, born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund

The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.

Suicide | Time |

Thomas Jefferson

I repair, then, fellow-citizens, to the post you have assigned me. With experience enough in subordinate offices to have seen the difficulties of this the greatest of all, I have learnt to expect that it will rarely fall to the lot of imperfect man to retire from this station with the reputation and the favor which bring him into it.

Abstract | Blessings | Consolation | Esteem | Government | Regret | Sacrifice | Suicide | Treason | Will | Government | Happiness |