„Greedhas no satiation point, since its consummation does not fill the inner emptiness, boredom, loneliness, and depression it is meant to overcome.“

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German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980

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„nothing but an icy loneliness that fills the head with emptiness and the heart with sadness.“

—  Erik Satie French composer and pianist 1866 - 1925

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„Boredom is a larval anxiety; depression, a dreamy hatred.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

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„Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.“

—  Corrie ten Boom Dutch resistance hero and writer 1892 - 1983

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„Nor is anything empty: For what is empty is nothing. What is nothing cannot be.Nor does it move; for it has nowhere to betake itself to, but is full. For if there were aught empty, it would betake itself to the empty. But, since there is naught empty, it has nowhere to betake itself to.“

—  Melissus of Samos Eleatic philosopher -470 - -430 BC

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Original: (el) Οὐδ᾿ ἂν τὸ ὑγιὲς ἀλγῆσαι δύναιτο· ἀπὸ γὰρ ἂν ὄλοιτο τὸ ὑγιὲς καὶ τὸ ἐόν, τὸ δὲ οὐκ ἐὸν γένοιτο. Καὶ περὶ τοῦ ἀνιᾶσθαι ὡυτὸς λόγος τῶι ἀλγέοντι. Οὐδὲ κενεόν ἐστιν οὐδέν· τὸ γὰρ κενεὸν οὐδέν ἐστιν· οὐκ ἂν οὖν εἴη τό γε μηδέν. Οὐδὲ κινεῖται· ὑποχωρῆσαι γὰρ οὐκ ἔχει οὐδαμῆι, ἀλλὰ πλέων ἐστίν. Εἰ μὲν γὰρ κενεὸν ἦν, ὑπεχώρει ἂν εἰς τὸ κενόν· κενοῦ δὲ μὴ ἐόντος οὐκ ἔχει ὅκηι ὑποχωρήσει.

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„The medical professionals are a lot more comfortable calling it "depression" than calling it "loneliness."“

—  Patch Adams Physician, activist, diplomat, author 1945

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„There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever.“

—  Viggo Mortensen American actor 1958

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