“I can think of no more apposite word for this state of being (trance), a condition of helpless stupor in which cognition was replaced by that positive and active anguish”
“The weather of depression is unmodulated, its light a brownout”
“It was as if this man (Primo Levi) whom they had all so greatly admired, and who had endured so much at the hands of the Nazis - a man of exemplary resilience and courage - had by his suicide demonstrated a frailty, a crumbling of character they were loath to admit”
“'Melancholia' would still appear to be a far more apt and evocative word for the blacker forms of the disorder (depression), but it was usurped by a noun with a bland tonality and lacking any magisterial presence, used indifferently to describe an economic decline or a rut in the ground, a true wimp of a word for such a major illness”
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