Words matter. These are the best Jack Kevorkian Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Everyone is going to die.
Liberty means more to me than life itself.
The law is cruel.
We are all terminal.
I don’t persuade to suicide.
If you don’t have liberty and self-determination, you’ve got nothing, that’s what this is what this country is built on. And this is the ultimate self-determination, when you determine how and when you’re going to die when you’re suffering.
You’ve gotta know what death is to know life!
I suppose, if helping a patient die is killing, I suppose I’m a killer.
I hate to say this, but I’ll repeat it: After death, all we know that you do is stink.
This could never be a crime in any society which deems himself enlightened.
The American people are sheep. They’re comfortable, rich, working. It’s like the Romans, they’re happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right.
I have no regrets, none whatsoever.
You can cite me for contempt, Your Honor. I don’t care.
The patient decides when it’s best to go.
I’m trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.
When history looks back, it will prove what I’ll die knowing.
This is not a trial. This is a lynching. There is no law.
First of all, do any of you here think it’s a crime to help a suffering human end his agony? Any of you think it is? Say so right now. Well, then, what are we doing here?
The single worst moment of my life… was the moment I was born.
What are friends? Some people are nice. Some people aren’t. There are some I’m fairly close with… we talk.
What looks like enjoyment is the sneer of contempt. That’s not a smile.
What I think a doctor should do is prevent disease, by any means necessary.
I’m for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It’s her choice.
She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that.
I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers, that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
How can you regret helping a suffering patient?
I think the Supreme Court does have the authority, which is not used, to declare a blanket right for all people, all adults.
Not one has shown an iota of fear of death. They want to end this agony.
I don’t enjoy good food. I don’t enjoy flashy cars. I don’t care if I live in a dump. I don’t enjoy good clothes. This is the best I’ve dressed in months.
As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified.
My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience.
There’s no doubt I expect to die in prison.
The Supreme Court of the United States… has validated the Nazi method of execution in… concentration camps, starving them to death.
Freedom has a price. Most people aren’t willing to pay it.
I have a natural right to do whatever I want with my body… as long as it doesn’t affect anybody else or any other property.
The Jews were gassed. Armenians were killed in every conceivable way… So the Holocaust doesn’t interest me, see? They’ve had a lot of publicity, but they didn’t suffer as much.
The patient’s autonomy always, always should be respected, even if it is absolutely contrary – the decision is contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.
My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life.
Listen, when you take my liberty away, you’ve taken away more-something more precious than life. I mean, what good is a life without liberty? Huh? None.
If Christ can die in a barn, I think the death of a human in a van is not so bad.
None of them want to delay. Understand that. None of them.
The law doesn’t create a right.
Yes, we need euthanasia, for certain cases where people are in comas or too immobile to even press a button.
Five to six thousand people die every year waiting for organs, but nobody cares.