We cannot judge a man’s virtues since we do not know his starting point. And the best we can do with our own is to make a crude judgment about whether we are progressing or regressing.
Optimism is a survival strategy for the human race.
It is only the deeply depressed who can see the world as it really is. Recovery is a process of reconstructing the fictions which make life bearable.
The depressed do not kill themselves at the deepest point of despair; the time of greatest danger is when they have recovered enough confidence to know that their terrors were justified..