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Aug 15, 2014
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Because we are laughed at, I don’t think people really understand how essential [comedians] are to their sanity. If it weren’t for the brief respite we give the world with our foolishness, the world would see mass suicide in numbers that compare favorably with the death rate of the lemmings. I’m sure most of you have heard the story of the man who, desperately ill, goes to an analyst and tells the doctor that he has lost his desire to live and that is seriously considering suicide. The doctor listens to his tale of melancholia and then tells the patient that what he needs is a good belly laugh. He then advises the unhappy man to go to the circus that night and spend the evening laughing at Grock, the world’s funniest clown. The doctor sums it up, “After you have seen Grock, I am sure you will be much happier.” The patient rises to his feet, looks sadly at the doctor, turns and ambles toward the door. As he starts to leave the doctor says, “By the way, what is your name?” The man turns and regards the analyst with sorrowful eyes. “I am Grock.”
— Groucho Marx, Groucho And Me

Feb 28, 2013
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Compulsive avoidance of embarrassment is a form of suicide.

Jan 12, 2013
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lonelysandwich:

Aaron Swartz 1986-2013

Today, we lost a great mind to suicide, goddamn it. Who knows why. I just wanted to hear him speak and keep speaking so I went to YouTube. This was a good man—watch him express himself and you can tell. He had a good heart and expected the best of the world.

I never met Aaron, but he was one of my first Internet heroes—one of the first bloggers I read when I realized that people make the Internet and some of them have elegant and beautiful voices. Today, I’m sad.

Here are some nice words of advice from Aaron in 2007:

  1. Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
  2. Say yes to everything. I have a lot of trouble saying no, to an pathological degree — whether to projects or to interviews or to friends. As a result, I attempt a lot and even if most of it fails, I’ve still done something.
  3. Assume nobody else has any idea what they’re doing either. A lot of people refuse to try something because they feel they don’t know enough about it or they assume other people must have already tried everything they could have thought of. Well, few people really have any idea how to do things right and even fewer are to try new things, so usually if you give your best shot at something you’ll do pretty well.

Aaron, thank you for all you’ve done for the world.

May 25, 2012
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Feb 01, 2012
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The reason you mustn’t consider suicide is because you leave that legacy to the next generation. You give them a reason to do it.
Kurt Vonnegut, whose mother committed suicide, quoted in And So It Goes (He also called smoking his Pall Mall cigarettes “a classy way to commit suicide.”)

Nov 23, 2011
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The first duty of the artist is to survive.

Nov 01, 2011
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I often thought of killing myself but then I wanted lunch.

Sep 28, 2011
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Andy Rooney on Kurt Cobain’s suicide, 1994. “No one’s art is better than the person who made it” has got to be one of the dumbest sentences I’ve ever read, refuted by thousands of years of art history. Compare his comments on Cobain’s work ethic to Butch Vig’s recollection.

Andy Rooney on Kurt Cobain’s suicide, 1994. “No one’s art is better than the person who made it” has got to be one of the dumbest sentences I’ve ever read, refuted by thousands of years of art history. Compare his comments on Cobain’s work ethic to Butch Vig’s recollection.

Aug 17, 2011
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Poets who eventually commit suicide use I-words [I, me, my] more than non-suicidal poets.

Jul 15, 2011
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