Oliver Spurgeon English and Gerald Pearson, Emotional Problems of Living, 1941
It is a short step from reading to believing, and another step to marking up the margins, filling up the little blankness with your thoughts, your hand, your scrawl, that thing that graphologists believe might betray the self. Why not adorn this paragraph with a little heart? Say yes to depression of spirits or melancholia, disturbances in mood or mood changes from day to day and hour to hour. What is a life but a series of disturbances? We move from depression to depression where the rain pools when it rains. Our silences are gifts. We betray our dreams in books.