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Engrave this Quote Every writer since the beginning of time, just like other people, has been afflicted by what a friend of mine calls
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-William Styron, Quoted in James L W West III, ed., Conversations with William Styron, University Press of Mississippi, 85.
Engrave this Quote The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads.
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-William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958
Engrave this Quote I'm simply the happiest, the placidest, when I'm writing, and so I suppose that that, for me, is the final answer. ... It's fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats as I am most of the time.
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-William Styron
Engrave this Quote I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell.
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-William Styron
Depression
Engrave this Quote In depression...faith in deliverance, in ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no rememdy will come, not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.
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-William Styron, from 'Darkness Visible; A Memoir of Madness', 1990
Engrave this Quote Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.
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-William Styron
Engrave this Quote The madness of depression is the antithesis of violence. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero. Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained.
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-William Styron
Reading
Engrave this Quote A great book of literature should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
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-William Styron
Engrave this Quote A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You should live several lives while reading it.
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-William Styron
Suicide
Engrave this Quote The stigma of self-inflicted death is for some people a hateful blot that demands erasure at all costs.
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-William Styron

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