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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. How can you regret helping a suffering patient?
  4. I knew I was getting into one of the most illegal things in the world. It was the right thing to do.
  5. Among doctors in general, I think more than half support what I’m doing.
  6. When your conscience says law is immoral, don’t follow it.
  7. Look at the forces against me. They don’t want me out. They’re afraid I’ll cause trouble if I get out.
  8. When history looks back, it will prove what I’ll die knowing.
  9. What looks like enjoyment is the sneer of contempt. That’s not a smile.
  10. This is not a trial. This is a lynching. There is no law.
  11. You can cite me for contempt, Your Honor. I don’t care.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. If a man is terrified, it’s up to me to dispel that terror.
  15. 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.
  16. What I think a doctor should do is prevent disease, by any means necessary.
  17. Yes, we need euthanasia, for certain cases where people are in comas or too immobile to even press a button.
  18. 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.
  19. You’ve gotta know what death is to know life!
  20. I will go to what they call a court. Only they call it a court.

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