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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 (1934-?) Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter.

That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

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 and writer.

Depression is melancholy minus its charms -- the animation, the fits.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) American politician.

Depression moods lead, almost invariably, to accidents. But, when they occur, our mood changes again, since the accident shows we can draw the world in our wake, and that we still retain some degree of power even when our spirits are low. A series of accidents creates a positively light-hearted state, out of consideration for this strange power.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.