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Jack Kevorkian

Kevorkian at UCLA’s Royce Hall,
January 15, 2011.
Born Jacob Kevorkian
(1928-05-26)May 26, 1928
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Died June 3, 2011(2011-06-03) (aged 83)
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.
Cause of death Thrombosis
Resting place Troy, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Dr. Death
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.S., M.D.)
Occupation Physician, painter, author, musician
Years active 1952–2011
Jack Kevorkian
Medical career
Institutions Henry Ford Hospital
University of Michigan Medical Center
Saratoga General Hospital
Specialism Euthanasia medicine
Research Euthanasia
Painless death

I'm not radical.
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.
Jack Kevorkian
I don't crave publicity, you know.
What I think a doctor should do is prevent disease, by any means necessary.
Jack Kevorkian
When history looks back, it will prove what I'll die knowing.
The patient decides when it's best to go.
Everyone is going to die.
There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal. The judge knows I'm not a criminal.
Jack Kevorkian
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.
Jack Kevorkian
All the big powers they've silenced me. So much for free speech and choice on this fundamental human right.
Jack Kevorkian
I can paint in jail.
You've gotta know what death is to know life!
I always said all my life if I wasn't born and they gave me the question I'd say I don't want to be born.
Jack Kevorkian
Freedom has a price. Most people aren't willing to pay it.
None of them want to delay. Understand that. None of them.

My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience.
I don't persuade to suicide.
The Supreme Court of the United States… has validated the Nazi method of execution in… concentration camps, starving them to death.
Jack Kevorkian
I am not a sentimental person.
I hate to say this, but I'll repeat it: After death, all we know that you do is stink.
Jack Kevorkian
Anytime you interfere with a natural process, you're playing God. God determines what happens naturally. That means when a person's ill, he shouldn't go to a doctor because he's asking for interference with God's will. But of course, patients can't think that way.
Jack Kevorkian
I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It's her choice.
Jack Kevorkian
This is not a trial. This is a lynching. There is no law.
Look at the forces against me. They don't want me out. They're afraid I'll cause trouble if I get out.
Jack Kevorkian
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.
Jack Kevorkian
If a man is terrified, it's up to me to dispel that terror.
You're basing your laws and your whole outlook on natural life on mythology. It won't work. That's why you have all these problems in the world. Name them: India, Pakistan, Ireland. Name them-all these problems. They're all religious problems.
Jack Kevorkian
I've seen schizophrenics who are so hopeless, you couldn't cheer them, and their lives are miserable and they end up as suicides. That's not right.
Jack Kevorkian
What are friends? Some people are nice. Some people aren't. There are some I'm fairly close with… we talk.
Jack Kevorkian
The law doesn't create a right.
I didn't do this for other people; I did this for me. I fought for this right for me – does that sound selfish?
Jack Kevorkian
When your conscience says law is immoral, don't follow it.
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?
Jack Kevorkian
If Christ can die in a barn, I think the death of a human in a van is not so bad.
Jack Kevorkian
The single worst moment of my life... was the moment I was born.
Yes, we need euthanasia, for certain cases where people are in comas or too immobile to even press a button.
Jack Kevorkian
We are all terminal.
Liberty means more to me than life itself.
My religion centers in different areas than what's considered conventional religion.
Jack Kevorkian
My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience.
I'd find it demeaning to be cleaning toilets.
I want some colleague to be free to come help me when I say the time has come. That's what I'm fighting for, me. Now that sounds selfish. And if it helps somebody else, so be it.
Jack Kevorkian
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.
Jack Kevorkian
What looks like enjoyment is the sneer of contempt. That's not a smile.
Jack Kevorkian
I would not want to live with a tube in my neck and not be able to move a finger. I wouldn't – that to me is not life.
Jack Kevorkian
You can cite me for contempt, Your Honor. I don't care.
I'm trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.
Jack Kevorkian
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.
Jack Kevorkian
Not one has shown an iota of fear of death. They want to end this agony.
A transfer of money should never be involved in this profound situation. Although illness is profound, too, but medicine's a business today. It's a business.
Jack Kevorkian
I'm not the kind of guy who has best friends.
Let's hope you feel better now.
How can you regret helping a suffering patient?
Five to six thousand people die every year waiting for organs, but nobody cares.
Jack Kevorkian
Many support what I am doing.
I suppose, if helping a patient die is killing, I suppose I'm a killer.
Jack Kevorkian
This could never be a crime in any society which deems himself enlightened.
Jack Kevorkian
I knew I was getting into one of the most illegal things in the world. It was the right thing to do.
Jack Kevorkian
Rotten travesty. Yeah. Send me to jail for contempt. Try that. Go ahead.
Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.
Jack Kevorkian
I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers, that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
Jack Kevorkian
There's no doubt I expect to die in prison.
She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that.
Jack Kevorkian
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.
Jack Kevorkian
The law is cruel.
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.
Jack Kevorkian
I'm not a romantic.
Maybe I won't stay out of prison. Who knows?
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.
Jack Kevorkian
I will go to what they call a court. Only they call it a court.
I gambled and I lost. I failed in securing my options for this choice for myself, but I succeeded in verifying the Dark Age is still with us.
Jack Kevorkian
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.
Jack Kevorkian
I'm not lying to myself like most people.
Fear controls you.
It's the boredom that kills you. You read until you're tired of that. You do crossword puzzles until you're tired of that. This is torture. This is mental torture.
Jack Kevorkian
I have no regrets, none whatsoever.
Among doctors in general, I think more than half support what I'm doing.
Jack Kevorkian
I think the Supreme Court does have the authority, which is not used, to declare a blanket right for all people, all adults.
Jack Kevorkian