Melancholy sees the worst of things, things as they may be, and not as they are. It looks upon a beautiful face, and sees but a grinning skull.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought, Volume II (1862, p. 52)
O melancholy! Who ever yet could sound thy bottom? find The ooze, to show what coast thy sluggish crare Might easiliest harbour in?william shakespeare
All my griefs to this are jolly, Naught so damn'd as melancholy.robert burton
All my joys to this are folly, Naught so sweet as melancholy.robert burton
With eyes upraised, as one inspired, Pale Melancholy sate retired; And, from her wild, sequester'd seat, In notes by distance made more sweet, Pour'd through the mellow horn her pensive soul.william collins
Hence, all you vain delights, As short as are the nights Wherein you spend your folly! There's naught in this life sweet But only melancholy; O sweetest melancholy!
Tell us, pray, what devil This melancholy is, which can transform Men into monsters.John Ford
Melancholy Is not, as you conceive, indisposition Of body, but the mind's disease.John Ford
Here rests his head upon the lap of earth, A youth, to fortune and to fame unknown; Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth, And Melancholy marked him for her own.thomas gray
Employment, sir, and hardships, prevent melancholy.
Go you may call it madness, folly, You shall not chase my gloom away. There's such a charm in melancholy, I would not, if I could, be gay!samuel rogers
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.sydney smith
Hence, all you vain delights, As short as are the nights Wherein you spend your folly! There's nought in this life sweet, If man were wise to see 't, But only melancholy, Oh, sweetest melancholy!
There's not a string attuned to mirth But has its chord in melancholy.thomas hood