Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Is wretchedness deprived that benefit
To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comfort
When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage
And frustrate his proud will.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 61-4.
Stoics like Seneca defended suicide as a way to cheat "beguile" the enmity of tyrants like Nero in ancient Rome.