The sadness will last forever.
—Vincent Van Gogh
I am now about to make the great adventure.
I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer.
It is all over my body. Neither can I face the impending blindness.
I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.
—Clara Blandick, age 82,
Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz
I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time.
I begin to hear voices.
I must end it. There’s no hope left. I’ll be at peace.
No one had anything to do with this. My decision totally.
—Freddie Prinze, actor
To my friends: my work is completed. Why wait?
—George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak
My pain is not caused because I am gay.
My pain was caused by how I was treated
because I am gay.
—Eric James Borges, part of the suicide note
from a gay, teen filmmaker