Famous Depressives

Woody Allen, Jim Carrey, Maria Bamford, Rodney Dangerfield, David Letterman, Patton Oswalt,

Raymond Chandler, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, William Faulkner, Michel Foucault, Henry James, William James, Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace, Ernest Hemingway,

Bon Jovi, Rivers Cuomo, Leonard Cohen, Ian Curtis, Kurt Cobain, Kool Keith, Sheryl Crow,

John Hamm, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ewan McGregor, Brangelina,

Queen Elizabeth II


Melancholy, the subject of our present discourse, is either in disposition or in habit. In disposition, is that transitory Melancholy which goes and comes upon every small occasion of sorrow, need, sickness, trouble, fear, grief, passion, or perturbation of the mind, any manner of care, discontent, or thought, which causes anguish, dulness, heaviness and vexation of spirit, any ways opposite to pleasure, mirth, joy, delight, causing forwardness in us, or a dislike. In which equivocal and improper sense, we call him melancholy, that is dull, sad, sour, lumpish, ill-disposed, solitary, any way moved, or displeased. And from these melancholy dispositions no man living is free, no Stoick, none so wise, none so happy, none so patient, so generous, so godly, so divine, that can vindicate himself; so well-composed, but more or less, some time or other, he feels the smart of it. 


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