Tag Archives: The Anatomy of Melancholy

EAT, DRINK AND BE WARY

”The book was so popular it went into six editions during Burton’s lifetime, and its gratified author was eager to doff his anonymity after the first. It should have been popular. Although it gave expression to the pains of the people (always a … Continue reading

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CAN'T GET IT OUT OF HIS HEAD

Melancholy, to Robert Burton, the philosopher of melancholy, could encompass many states of mind; mild regret, peaceful contemplation, bitter grief, the hatching of  pleasing visions, jealous torments and dementia: I’ll change my state with any wretch, Thou canst from gaol … Continue reading

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RUN DEVIL RUN

“For that reason he subjects his sensibilities to principles … The man of melancholic disposition cares little for the opinions of others … for that reason he relies solely on his own judgment. Because impulses assume in him the nature … Continue reading

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