Abraham Lincoln sometimes suffered from melancholy.
However, even during the worst days of the Civil War, he “refused to surrender to the gloom of defeat,” writes Doris Kearns Goodwin in her book Team of Rivals.
Goodwin says that Lincoln once wrote to the son of his wife’s cousin when the young man was miserable at West Point.
“Allow me to assure you it is a perfect certainty that you will, very soon, feel better—quite happy—if you only stick to the resolution you have taken to procure….I am older than you, have felt badly myself, and know, what I tell you is true,” Lincoln said. “Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did.”