05 June 2011

Quotable Powell #84

War left, on the one hand, a passionate desire to tackle a lot of work; on the other, never to do any work again. It was a state of mind Robert Burton [...] would have well understood. Irresolution appealed to him as one of the myriad forms of Melancholy, although he was, of course, concerned in the main with no mere temporary depression or fidgetiness, but a “chronic or continued disease, a settled humour”. Still, post-war melancholy might have rated a short subsection in the great work: The Anatomy of Melancholy [...]

Anthony Powell, Books Do Furnish a Room
Contributed by Keith Marshall