There is no refuge from confession but suicide, and suicide is confession.
(Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. Speech, April 6, 1830, in murder trial, Salem, Massachusetts. Argument on the Murder of Captain White, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 11 (1903).
It was during this trial that Webster famously spoke of a "fearful concatenation of circumstances.")
Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr's death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr's death.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 24, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself but to put myself back together again. Suicide will be for me only one means of violently reconquering myself, of brutally invading my being, of anticipating the unpredictable approaches of God. By suicide, I reintroduce my design in nature, I shall for the first time give things the shape of my will.
(Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. In Artaud Anthology, ed. Jack Hirschman (1965). "On Suicide," no. 1, Le Disque Vert (Paris, 1925).)
Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.
(Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "Virginibus Puerisque," sct. 2 (1881).
Stevenson referred to "matrimony at its lowest" as "no more than a sort of friendship recognised by the police.")
(Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. Journal entry, March 23, 1938. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950 (1950, trans. 1961).
Suicide was a continuing theme in Pavese's diaries; he took his own life on Aug. 27, 1950, shortly after being awarded the Strega Prize for literature.)
(Gerald Kaufman (b. 1930), British Labour politician. Quoted in The Time of My Life, ch. 23, Denis Healey (1989).
Referring to the Labour Party's New Hope For Britain manifesto for the 1983 general election, which Labour lost: "the scale of our defeat was devastating," Healey wrote.)
Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
(Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 51, by Joseph P. Lash (1971).
In a January 21, 1941, speech at the National Conference on the Cause and Cure of War.)