Quotable Quotes

I hope you find the following useful.  After years of research, I still find these quotes to be very authentic and comforting.

“The voice of intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.”

– The American psychiatrist Karl Menninger

“Every aspect of our lives depends on the normal functioning of our brains. Our education depends on it; the education of our children depends on it; our relationships to our fellow humans depend on it; our hopes and aspirations are all represented in our brain. And all of these human qualities are at risk if something goes wrong with one’s brain.”

– Neuroscientist, Educator, W. Maxwell Cowan, M.D., Ph.D.


“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.”

Albert Schweitzer, M.D.


“There is no suffering greater than that which drives people to suicide, suicide defines the moment in which mental pain exceeds the human capacity to bear it.  It represents the abandonment of hope.”

John T. Maltsberger, M.D.


“Few understand that the death [suicide] is seldom self-determined, but rather driven by a distortion of perception by a biochemical effect…People who die by suicide do not want to die; they simply want to end the pain…”

Andrew Slaby, M.D.


“The quickness and flexibility of a well mind, a belief or hope that things will eventually sort themselves out-these are the resources lost to a person when the brain is ill.”

Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D.


“Patients with major depression sometimes describe an emotional pain that feels worse than any physical pain they have ever experienced.”

J. John Mann, M.D.


In 2007, there were 34,598 reported suicides in the United States (AFSP).  “This reported number would be the equivalent to losing approximately 7 jumbo jets with 400 passengers per month or 86 jumbo jets per year.”

Jimmy Powell