The modern State is by its very nature a military State; and every military State must of necessity become a conquering, invasive State; to survive it must conquer or be conquered, for the simple reason that accumulated military power will suffocate if it does not find an outlet. Therefore the modern State must strive to be a huge and powerful State: this is the indispensable precondition for its survival.
The "through-and-through" universe seems to suffocate me with its infallible impeccable all-pervasiveness. Its necessity , with no possibilities; its relations, with no subjects, make me feel as if I had entered into a contract with no reserved rights ... It seems too buttoned-up and white-chokered and clean-shaven a thing to speak for the vast slow-breathing unconscious Kosmos with its dread abysses and its unknown tides.william james
I want to write a novel so profound that it would suffocate a fly.gao xingjian
When you would suffocate or ignore dissent , remember how many times you dissented.
As this earth will suffocate me, I implore you to have my body opened so that I will not be buried alive. Not any more. Play Mozart in memory of me and I will hear you.
Don't let them put me in one of those bags, I might suffocate.