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#1. It is not the case that one can create new people on the assumption that if they are not pleased to have come into existence they can simply kill themselves. Once somebody has come into existence and attachments with that person have been formed, suicide can cause the kind of pain that makes the pain of childlessness mild by comparison. Somebody contemplating suicide knows (or should know) this. This places an important obstacle in the way of suicide. One's life may be bad, but one must consider what affect ending it would have on one's family and friends. There will be times when life has become so bad that it is unreasonable for the interests of the loved ones in having the person alive to outweigh that person's interests in ceasing to exist. When this is true will depend in part on particular features of the person for whom continued life is a burden. Different people are able to bear different magnitudes of burden. It may even be indecent for family members to expect that person to continue living. On other occasions one's life may be bad but not so bad as to warrant killing oneself and thereby making the lives of one's family and friends still much worse than they already are. #Quote by David Benatar
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#2. The great times were never as great as they seem in the rearview mirror. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#3. Only an unsatisfied preference is bad. In other words, he argues that although it is good to have fulfilled whatever desires one might have, one is not better off having a fulfilled desire than having no desire at all. By way of example, consider the case in which we 'paint the tree nearest to Sydney Opera house red and give Kate a pill that makes her wish that the tree nearest to Sydney Opera House were red'*. Professor Fehige plausibly denies that we do Kate any favour in doing this. She is no better off than had we done nothing. What matters is not that people have satisfied desires but that they do not have unsatisfied ones. It is the avoidance of frustration that is important.

* Fehige, Christoph, 'A Pareto Principle for Possible People', 513–14. #Quote by David Benatar
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#4. Although they will miss his presence if he dies, his condition is too burdensome to require his continued presence. In such circumstances, what is selfish is the insistence that the prospective suicide remain alive, not that he seek his own demise. The argument about selfishness can backfire in another way. Just as it is sometimes the case that those who kill themselves have accorded insufficient weight to the interests of others, so it is sometimes the case that those who do not kill themselves make this error. Consistent with what I have already said, I do not think that the interests of others are decisive. Nevertheless, there are situations in which a person's interest in continued life is negligible, because he will die soon anyway, and the quality of his life is appalling. If seeing out his days, rather than taking his own life earlier, would spell financial ruin for his family (because of the costs of his medical care), then it may well be unduly selfish not to take one's own life. #Quote by David Benatar
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#5. It is unlikely that many people will take to heart the conclusion that coming into existence is always a harm. It is even less likely that many people will stop having children. By contrast, it is quite likely that my views either will be ignored or will be dismissed. As this response will account for a great deal of suffering between now and the demise of humanity, it cannot plausibly be thought of as philanthropic. That is not to say that it is motivated by any malice towards humans, but it does result from a self-deceptive indifference to the harm of coming into existence. #Quote by David Benatar
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#6. First of all, I'm pretty private about my personal life. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#7. You can't change the past so don't let it haunt you. You can change the future but first you've got to want to. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#8. Some anti-natalist positions are founded on either a dislike of children or on the interests of adults who have greater freedom and resources if they do not have and rear children. My anti-natalist view is different. It arises, not from a dislike of children, but instead from a concern to avoid the suffering of potential children and the adults they would become, even if not having those children runs counter to the interests of those who would have them. #Quote by David Benatar
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#9. I wasn't interested in fabricating things and altering what I did to make hit records. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#10. If you're retired, it's a blessing. You know, if you want to keep working and doing what you want to do, it's not a blessing as all - it's a curse. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#11. When the first record came out, I'd go down to radio stations pretty much every day to get the record played, and I would walk in and they'd tell us how much they loved the record, but they weren't sure how much they could play it because they were already playing a girl. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#12. It is not only the ratio of pleasure to pain that determines the quality of a life, but also the sheer quantity of pain. Once a certain threshold of pain is passed, no amount of pleasure can compensate for it. #Quote by David Benatar
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#13. I've enjoyed every age I've been, and each has had its own individual merit. Every laugh line, every scar, is a badge I wear to show I've been present, the inner rings of my personal tree trunk that I display proudly for all to see. Nowadays, I don't want a "perfect" face and body; I want to wear the life I've lived. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#14. If at any moment of the day I ever think I'm remotely cool at all, which is hardly ever, I have two daughters who make sure that never happens. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#15. There are things that money can't buy, things like fresh youth to replace the one you've hardly been aware of, things like lost opportunities which might conceivably have led to nothing, but which on the other hand might have led to fulfillment and serenity and new lives and passionate involvement. (Along, of course, with disinheritance!) And human nature being what it is this is the version you'll unquestionably believe. #Quote by Stephen Benatar
Benatar quotes by David Benatar
#16. Now it might be suggested that cloning is sometimes worse because, where it is done for the sake of the person cloned, it is also an act of narcissism. The being cloned wants a physical replica of himself. Thus the clone is treated as a means to the narcissistic ends of the person cloned. Now there might indeed be some people who will wish to have themselves cloned for narcissistic reasons, but others may want to be cloned for other reasons (perhaps because it is their only or best chance of reproducing). Moreover, the argument from narcissism assumes that ordinary reproduction is not narcissistic. But why should we think that that is always the case? There could well be something self-adulating in the desire to produce offspring. Those who adopt children or do not have children at all could advance the narcissistic objection against non-clonal reproduction with as much (or as little) force as non-clonal reproducers do in criticizing cloning. They could argue that it is narcissistic for a couple to want to create a child in their combined image, from a mixture of their genes. The point is that both cloning and usual methods of reproduction may be narcissistic, but neither is it the case that each kind of reproduction must necessarily be characterized in this way. #Quote by David Benatar
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#17. I'd love to do Pat Benatar. Probably either 'Hit Me with Your Best Shot' or 'We Belong'. #Quote by Lauren Cohan
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#18. A charmed life that carried a curse? Or a cursed life that carried a charm? #Quote by Stephen Benatar
Benatar quotes by Charlaine Harris
#19. And by golly, love sure was a battlefield. Benatar was right about that. #Quote by Charlaine Harris
Benatar quotes by Augusten Burroughs
#20. Each time my mother went psychotic, I hoped it would be the last time. Afterward she would tell me, 'I think that was the final episode. I think I had a breakthrough.' And I would believe-for a few months-that it was true. That she was back to stay. Maybe it was like having a rock star mother who was always on the road. Were there Benatar children? Did they sit around and wonder if their mom's Hell is for Children tour was going to be her last tour? #Quote by Augusten Burroughs
Benatar quotes by Pat Benatar
#21. When I started it still wasn't okay to be this age and still make this kind of music. And believe me, I consider our stuff to be much poppier than - we're not on like cutting edge, that kind of thing anymore. And even though we're not doing Britney Spears music or Nsync, it's still what I consider to be pop music. So that does give you a little bit more longevity, I guess. But if somebody told me I'd be getting up there and singing "Heartbreaker" at fifty I'd laugh. So I don't know, I have no idea. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#22. But the soul of touring and the heart of it is basically every day is like putting up a circus tent. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#23. Of course, you're not making records in a vacuum. I'm not making them for myself. It would be nice if I could get more people to hear them. But if I have to sell my soul to the devil to do it, I won't. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#24. There's such a thing as chronic pain, but there's no such thing as chronic pleasure. ... For an existing person, the presence of bad things is bad and the presence of good things is good. But compare that with a scenario in which that person never existed - then, the absence of the bad would be good, but the absence of the good wouldn't be bad, because there'd be nobody to be deprived of those good things. #Quote by David Benatar
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#25. Everything must change, everything must move forward. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#26. We infrequently contemplate the harms that await any new-born child - pain, disappointment, anxiety, grief, and death. For any given child we cannot predict what form these harms will take or how severe they will be, but we can be sure that at least some of them will occur. None of this befalls the nonexistent. Only existers suffer harm. #Quote by David Benatar
Benatar quotes by Pat Benatar
#27. 'Hell is for Children' is amazing to do every night and 'Promises in the Dark' and 'Love Is a Battlefied,' of course, but my absolute favorite would be 'Heartbreaker.' It's the one that started everything, so it has a very special place in my heart. And it still rocks every night! It's so fun to do. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#28. I spent most of my adult life as someone's mother and the rest of my life trying to make sure that children are safe. So this to me is - we wrote Hell Is For Children in 1979. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#29. I don't care who's on the label, because I have a job to do. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#30. It's so hard [to be parent] and no matter how old you get and how experienced you get you're always scared you're going to screw it up and you're going to make a mistake. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#31. I felt I had a responsibility to do the right thing. And then I wanted to do the right thing by my family and there was no handbook. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#32. The first thing you do at the end is reflect on the beginning. Maybe it's some form of reverse closure, or just the basic human impulse toward sentimentality, or masochism, but as you stand there shell-shocked in the charred ruins of your life, your mind will invariably go back to the time when it all started. And even if you didn't fall in love in the eighties, in your mind it will fee like the eighties, all innocent and airbrushed, with bright colors and shoulder pads and Pat Benatar or The Cure on the soundtrack. #Quote by Jonathan Tropper
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#33. I have different reasons for the way that I react to things now that I have kids. It's not about me, it's about my children going out into this world that makes me say, "What the hell are you all doing?" I have to put them out there, and then I have to worry. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#34. At fifty. I thought I would be done. I thought I'd be finished by now. So I have no idea. I just leave it. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#35. Parents with dependents are somehow thought to count for more. If, for example, there is some scarce resource - a donor kidney perhaps - and of the two potential recipients one is a parent of young children and one is not, the parent, all things being equal, will likely be favoured. To let a parent die is not only to thwart that person's preference to be saved, but also the preferences of his or her children that their parent be saved. It is quite true, of course, that the death of the parent will harm more people, but there is nonetheless something to be said against favouring parents. Increasing one's value by having children might be like increasing one's value by taking hostages. #Quote by David Benatar
Benatar quotes by David Benatar
#36. In a sentence: Life is bad, but so is death. Of course, life is not bad in every way. Neither is death bad in every way. However, both life and death are, in crucial respects, awful. Together, they constitute an existential vise - the wretched grip that enforces our predicament. #Quote by David Benatar
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#37. Discussions about the ethics of suicide are immediately biased by the verb that customarily attaches to it in English. One "commits" suicide. Because this presupposes the wrongfulness of the suicide, I avoid that verb, opting instead for "carry out" suicide. This is evaluatively neutral, avoiding both the usual bias against suicide and the unusual bias in favor of it that the verb "achieve" would effect. "Carry out" is preferable to "practice", which implies something ongoing. Finally, "carry out" also implies a suicide that is completed rather than merely attempted. #Quote by David Benatar
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#38. I play ten, twelve weeks out of the year, five times a week, and I really still love to do it. But that's not what I'm interested in doing now. Even though I love it. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#39. Pat Benatar might need a rock band, but I can just sit with a blues guitar for an hour and a half and do folk songs and great contemporary ballads, and not many people can pull that off. #Quote by Bonnie Raitt
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#40. Love is a battlefield. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#41. With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#42. I shall not assess arguments and evidence for competing views about when human extinction will occur. We know it will occur, and this fact has a curious effect on my argument. In a strange way it makes my argument an optimistic one. Although things are now not the way they should be - there are people when there should be none - things will someday be the way they should be - there will be no people. In other words, although things are now bad, they will be better, even if they first get worse with the creation of new people. Some may wish to be spared this kind of optimism, but some optimists may take a measure of comfort in this observation. #Quote by David Benatar
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#43. You're the Picasso of pain. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#44. In my early 20s, I had this idea that I was going to front a band, like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. I didn't just want to be the chick singing ballads about somebody breaking my heart. Everyone in the business said, 'Why don't you do what Olivia Newton-Jonn and Linda Ronstadt are doing?' But I wanted to sing as a powerful female who wasn't afraid to speak her mind or be sexual. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#45. For instance, since none of us lives until age 240, people tend not to think that failing to reach that age makes one's life go less well. However, most people regard it as tragic when somebody dies at forty (at least if that person's quality of life was comparatively good). But why should a death at ninety not be tragic if a death at forty is? The only answer can be that our judgement is constrained by our circumstances. We do not take that which is beyond our reach as something that would be a crucial good. But why must it be that the good life is within our reach? Perhaps the good life is something that is impossible to attain. It certainly sounds as though a life that is devoid of any discomfort, pain, suffering, distress, stress, anxiety, frustration, and boredom, that lasts for much longer than ninety years, and that is filled with much more of what is good would be better than the sort of life the luckiest humans have. Why then do we not judge our lives in terms of that (impossible)
standard? #Quote by David Benatar
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#46. I never looked at people or singing as commodities. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#47. It's really hard to make records and concentrate and have a free mind, because I have this whole other life. If you don't have kids it's a whole other thing. I think you can be fifty and still have a rock and roll lifestyle; you can still perpetuate that. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#48. Those who take their own lives, especially when the quality of those lives is much less bad than those of the cancer patient or the concentration camp prisoner, fly in the face of the normal will to live. They are seen as abnormal, not merely in the statistical sense of being unusual, but of being defective, either morally or psychologically. #Quote by David Benatar
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#49. I don't know who it is, probably some geek - said that when a female gets to a certain age, all her sexuality goes. She's not a vital person anymore. If you're somebody's mother you're not vital. This is such crap, because you're still a person. You still have all the things that you came into childbearing with and all that kind of stuff. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#50. I like Lady Gaga because I like that she pushes the envelope. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#51. Notice, by extension, that in a democracy those committed to non-procreation could never, in the long run, prevail politically against those committed to procreation. #Quote by David Benatar
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#52. Finally, the optimist's impatience with or condemnation of pessimism often has a smug macho tone to it (although males have no monopoly of it). There is a scorn for the perceived weakness of the pessimist who should instead 'grin and bear it'. This view is defective for the same reason that macho views about other kinds of suffering are defective. It is an indifference to or inappropriate denial of suffering, whether one's own or that of others. The injunction to 'look on the bright side' should be greeted with a large dose of both scepticism and cynicism. To insist that the bright side is always the right side is to put ideology before the evidence. Every cloud, to change metaphors, may have a silver lining, but it may very often be the cloud rather than the lining on which one should focus if one is to avoid being drenched by self-deception. Cheery optimists have a much less realistic view of themselves than do those who are depressed. #Quote by David Benatar
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#53. My dear Rachel," she answered. "Bristol may be a bit of a backwater but I daresay it can just about stand the shock of scarlet nail polish. #Quote by Stephen Benatar
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#54. Before I put another notch in my lipstick case, you better make sure you put me in my place. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#55. We'll just play it cool, like Elvis at 19. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#56. And at the same time I was careful not to step on any of the cracks. "Bears," I exclaimed merrily - being practically impossible to hoodwink and simultaneously doing one of my nifty little dances, nifty and artistic, "bears, look at me walking in just the squares!" I believe that on the second occasion somebody actually heard me - yes, and saw me, too! Oh, Lordy Moses! #Quote by Stephen Benatar
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#57. Love and pain become one in the same in the eyes of a wounded child. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#58. I saw that she wasn't wearing a wedding ring. I automatically liked her and despised her and felt sorry for her and was glad. #Quote by Stephen Benatar
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#59. You don't want to trash what you've done; that's your history. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#60. I wasn't a visionary but I literally had my finger on the pulse of the women of America. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#61. To kill an animal in order to satisfy your nutritional desires, not your nutritional needs, that seems to me to be completely unacceptable. #Quote by David Benatar
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#62. Once I had kids, my whole attitude changed. I was like, "You make a spinal cord from scratch and we'll talk." #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#63. There are so many young women coming up through the ranks. Adele is an amazing singer. Beyonce has great stage presence. She's just a beautiful woman. I love how everyone has just taken charge of their lives and careers. #Quote by Pat Benatar
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#64. I might have stood there for a long time, hand halfway up like a religious statue,if Frankie hadn't gently pulled it down and held on.
He stood behind me, vibrating with anger. "That is not an honorable man, Fiorella."
Without thinking, I lifted my free hand toward my neck.But I was wearing a turtleneck and my hair was down. There was nothing to see,and all my fingertips found was the rigid peak under my jaw.
"Don't do that," Frankie hissed. "Don't you dare. It's not the scar and it's abso-freakin-lutely not you."
I dropped my hand. "Yeah,right." I sagged against him a little. For being skinny as he is, Frankie's really solid. "It's never me."
I felt his sigh against my shoulder blades. "We are young; heartache to heartache we stand."
"Let me guess," I said. "Old Korean proverb."
"As if.Pat Benatar. 'Love is a Battlefield.'"
I laughed.I had a feeling I might cry, but not there and then. "Thanks."
"Don't mention it." Frankie wrapped his free arm around me so my chin rested on his forearm. "Enough,right? That was enough of Alex Bainbridge-for all of us. Promise?"
"Yeah.Promise? #Quote by Melissa Jensen
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#65. One has to seek out pleasurable sensations, in the absence of which blandness comes naturally. The upshot of this is that we must continually work at keeping suffering (including tedium) at bay, and we can do so only imperfectly. Dissatisfaction does and must pervade life. There are moments, perhaps even periods, of satisfaction, but they occur against a background of dissatisfied striving. #Quote by David Benatar
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#66. As we have seen, nobody is lucky enough not to be born, everybody is unlucky enough to have been born – and particularly bad luck it is. #Quote by David Benatar
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#67. We're all scarred. That's how we know we've lived a life worth fighting for. Love is a battlefield! Thank you, Pat Benatar! #Quote by J. Sterling
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#68. I grew up watching MTV, when Journey was huge, when Pat Benatar had 'Love Is a Battlefield,' and my friends and I used to cut school to watch this woman in the video. We loved Pat Benatar. #Quote by Mary J. Blige
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#69. I love Katy Perry and Lady GaGa. I think GaGa's pushing the envelope every day and I really like that. #Quote by Pat Benatar

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