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Quotations About / On: DEPRESSION

  • 11.
    In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant.... My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known—no wonder, then, that I return the love.
    (Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. "Diapsalmata," vol. 1, Either/Or (1843, trans. 1987).)
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  • 12.
    If we can "boondoggle" ourselves out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Jan. 18, 1936, to the New Jersey State Emergency Council, Newark.)
  • 13.
    Geez, if I could get through to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction, see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff upper lips find that it's damn hard to smile.
    (Judith Guest (b. 1936), U.S. author. The psychiatrist Berger to Conrad Jarrett, in Ordinary People, ch. 27 (1976).)
  • 14.
    The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
    (Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Nov. 4, 1988).)
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