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Quotes of the Day for 6 December 2002 – Depression

A young man in my community, bright and full of promise, took his own life two weeks ago. A subscriber wrote to thank me for a quote that moved her, and noted that she was working two part-time jobs and her husband had been out of work for six months. I'm not sure there is anything good to say at such times, but please remember as you deal with those you work with, your family, and the faces you pass in the crowds at the mall, many around you are suffering - just hanging on. Despite the holiday we are preparing for so busily, December and Depression go together. Be gentle with each other.

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The quotes:

Courage is as often the outcome of despair as hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other all to gain.
     - Diane de Poitiers

Youth is the season of tragedy and despair. Youth is the time when one's whole life is entangled in a web of identity, in a perpetual maze of seeking and of finding, of passion and of disillusion, of vague longings and of nameless griefs, of pity that is a blade in the heart, and of "all the little emptiness of love."
     - Ellen Glasgow

Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives; I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.
     - Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands.
     - May Sarton

God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.
     - St. Augustine


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