January 26, 2022

Depression Quotes

Although there are a lot of depression quotes available to choose from, here are some of our favorites.   We’ve broken it down into two sections of quotes:  overcoming depression and living with depression recovery.

Depression Quotes about Overcoming Depression

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.  – Patty Duke

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.  – Dan Millman

Inertia is depression’s best friend. There’s always a hump to get over before you can actually change. So pushing yourself over the hump is like opening a door to a new brain pattern.  – Deepak Chopra

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliott

Don’t fall into the trap of pretending everything’s fine when you know it isn’t. – Unknown

If I had not been already been meditating, I would certainly have had to start. I’ve treated my own depression for many years with exercise and meditation, and I’ve found that to be a tremendous help.  – Judy Collins

Just like other illnesses, depression can be treated so that people can live happy, active lives.  – Tom Bosley

Many people think that depression is something you just have to live with when you get older, but it’s not.  – Tom Bosley

You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.  – Albert Ellis

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason. – Andrew Solomon

It’s going to sound cold, but I wasn’t reading the paper going ‘Oh poor guy.’ I was thinking, I hope he’s learning what he is supposed to be learning from this whole experience and not wasting the opportunity to learn. – Drew Carey when asked about Owen Wilson’s suicide attempt

It’s not something I’m ashamed of. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of. I did wrong things as a result of it.  But there’s only one thing worse than making a mistake, and that’s not learning from it… and I’ve learnt from it. – Adam Ant

The thing that made me go for help . . . was probably my daughter. She was something that earthed me, grounded me, and I thought, this isn’t right, this can’t be right, she cannot grow up with me in this state. – J.K. Rowling

Depression Quotes about Living with Depression

I’m okay… isn’t that what I’m supposed to say? – Unknown

The funny thing is, nobody ever really knows how much anybody else is hurting. We could be standing next to somebody who is completely broken and we wouldn’t even know it. – Unknown

I don’t necessarily want to be happy; I just want to stop feeling miserable. – Terri Guillemets

Just because I’m smiling doesn’t mean I’m happy. – Unknown

Take the first step, no more, no less, and the next will be revealed. – Ken Roberts

A lot of people don’t realize that depression is an illness. I don’t wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it.  – Jonathan Davis

That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.  –  Elizabeth Wurtzel

Hiding in my room, safe within my womb,
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.
Paul Simon

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain. – Kahlil Gibran

Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer. – Dorothy Rowe

I start to feel like I can’t maintain the facade any longer, that I may just start to show through. And I wish I knew what was wrong. Maybe something about how stupid my whole life is. I don’t know. Why does the rest of the world put up with the hypocrisy, the need to put a happy face on sorrow, the need to keep on keeping on?… I don’t know the answer, I know only that I can’t. I don’t want any more vicissitudes, I don’t want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted. – Elizabeth Wurtzel

It’s hard to answer the question ‘What’s wrong?’ when nothing is right – Unknown

I didn’t know my mother had it. I think a lot of women don’t know their mothers had it; that’s the sad thing about depression. You know, you don’t function anymore. You shut down. You feel like you are in a void. – Marie Osmond

I have suffered from depression for most of my life. It is an illness. – Adam Ant

When you’re lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you’ve just wandered off the path, that you’ll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and it’s time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don’t even know from which direction the sun rises anymore. – Elizabeth Gilbert

There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer. – Barbara Kingsolver

There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,–when it did not seem worthwhile to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation. – Kate Chopin

Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent.  – Elizabeth Wertzel

I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?  – Ned Vizzini

Because that’s the thing about depression. When I feel it deeply, I don’t want to let it go. It becomes a comfort. I want to cloak myself under its heavy weight and breathe it into my lunges. I want to nurture it, grow it, cultivate it. It’s mine. I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms and not wake up for a long, long time.  – Stephanie Perkins

hugh laurie depressionI was a pain to have around, I was miserable and self-absorbed.  It is selfish to be depressed and not try to do anything about it. – Hugh Laurie

If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.  – Jim Carrey

You need the dark side and you need the light side to be creative. If it’s all great, then you’re a Teletubby. And I’m not a Teletubby. – Adam Ant

I am not embarrassed to say that when I was at my worst I took anti-depressants because I think people need to hear that. I think if you are in a dark place where you can’t pull yourself out, you may need to ask for help. – Olivia Newton-John

Depression takes over your life.  It’s painful. You don’t eat. You don’t sleep. Your self-esteem drops to zero, and you’re trying to hide it, which makes it more difficult. – Mike Wallace

When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.  – Elayne Boosler

What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.  – J.K. Rowling


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