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Depression Quotes & Sayings That Capture Life with Depression

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Anyone who has suffered from depression will tell you that one of the hardest aspects is feeling isolated. Depression itself is hard enough to manage, but when you feel like others don’t understand you — or even that they judge you and look down upon you for feeling as you do — it only makes your feelings more intense and more difficult to cope.

Let’s face it: most people don’t have a good conception of what depression is. They think of it as just being “really sad.” They believe that thinking positively or talking a walk outside is all it takes for a depressed person to feel better. They don’t understand that clinical depression is a diagnosable mental illness that requires proper treatment from licensed professionals. It’s not just something that you can “get over” or “push through.”

It’s also easy to feel like you are the only person who feels this way. The truth is, though, millions of Americans suffer from depression. The problem is that most of us don’t talk about it.

Depression Quotes

“Depression on my left, loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Rollo May depression quote "Depression is the inability to construct a future"

“Depression is the inability to construct a future.” – Rollo May

“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” – Matt Lucas

“At times, I feel overwhelmed and my depression leads me into darkness.” – Dorothy Hamill

“Depression taught me the importance of compassion and hard work, and that you can overcome enormous obstacles.” – Rob Delaney

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

“Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die.” – Danny Baker, Depression is a Liar

Stephen Wright depression quote "Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm"

“Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.” – Stephen Wright

“Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions.” – Miriam Toews

“The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not.” – Unknown

“It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling.” – J.K. Rowling

“I was so scared to give up depression, fearing that somehow the worst part of me was actually all of me.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

“I used to be good friends with my depression, saying oh I’m so depressed, or life is terrible.” – Tony Curtis

Osho depression quote "Suffering is not holding you; you are holding suffering"

“Suffering is not holding you; you are holding suffering.” – Osho

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.” – Stephen Fry

“A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every page I have turned in life.” – Charlotte Brontë

“Depression is, in part, grief for your own life not turning out how it should; grief for your own needs not being met.” – Johann Hari

“The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Janet Fitch quote "Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human"

“Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.” – Janet Fitch

“Depression lies. It tells you you’ve always felt this way, and you always will. But you haven’t, and you won’t. “ – Halley Cornell

“Many depressed people can only see their pains, and their hurts, and their resentments, and their failures. They can’t see the blue sky and the yellow leaves, you know?” – Bill Richards

“Every thought a person dwells upon, whether he expresses it or not, either damages or improves his life.” – Lucy Mallory

“It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch.” – Matt Haig

George Santaya quote "Depression is rage spread thin"

“Depression is rage spread thin.” – George Santayana

“I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.” – Henry Rollins

“I have had issues with depression all my life, and it’s probably true to say there was a tendency towards it even when I was very young, during my schooldays. There was often – and this is quite common with comics – a sense of not feeling as if I belonged anywhere.” – Jack Dee

“That’s how depression hits. You wake up one morning, afraid that you’re gonna live.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.” – Pythagoras

"It’s a bit like walking down a long dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on"

“It’s a bit like walking down a long dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on.” – Neil Lennon

“Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm.” – Murray Gell-Mann

“Depression is frustrating. It’s knowing there’s so much to be grateful for and happy about and to enjoy, but you just can’t get there.” – Allie Griffin

“There are times when explanations, no matter how reasonable, just don’t seem to help.” – Fred Rogers

“Depression isn’t about, ‘Woe is me, my life is this, that and the other’, it’s like having the worst flu all day that you just can’t kick.” – Robbie Williams

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: It is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.” – C.S. Lewis

Douglas Coupland quote "Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one's taking"

“Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one’s taking.” – Douglas Coupland

“Our generation has had no great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“It’s recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.” – Harry Truman

“Only those with skin as thick as elephant hide can hope to sail through their teens unscathed by self-doubt and bouts of depression.” – Mariella Frostrup

“Frustrations come because we impose our illusions on reality.” – Osho

“I might look successful and happy being in front of you today, but I once suffered from severe depression and was in total despair.” – Ji-Hae Park

“I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn’t one I’ll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it’s worth it.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

"When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental"

“When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental.” – Marion Cotillard

“That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I was only able to start changing my life when I realized my depression was not a malfunction. It’s a signal. Your depression is a signal. It’s telling you something.” – Johann Hari

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.” – Joyce Meyer

“Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; Depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.” – Andrew Solomon

"Depressed means you need deep rest from the character you’ve been playing in the world"

“Depressed means you need deep rest from the character you’ve been playing in the world.” – Jim Carrey

“Anger is energizing. The opposite of anger is depression, which is anger turned inward.” – Gloria Steinem

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Almost everyone is overconfident except the people who are depressed, and they tend to be realists.” – Joseph T. Hallinan

“People who have never dealt with depression think it’s just being sad or being in a bad mood. That’s not what depression is for me; it’s falling into a state of grayness and numbness.” – Dan Reynolds

"Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions"

“Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions.” – Miriam Toews

“Pain is always emotional. Fear and depression keep constant company with chronic hurting.” – Siri Hustvedt

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.” – Victor Hugo

“I do suffer from depression, I suppose. Which isn’t that unusual. You know, a lot of people do.” – Amy Winehouse

“Only those with skin as thick as elephant hide can hope to sail through their teens unscathed by self-doubt and bouts of depression.” – Mariella Frostrup

Quotes about Depression

“Depression isn’t a disease; depression is a normal response to abnormal life experiences.” – Johann Hari, Lost Connections

“Depression and anxiety are a symptom of too much consumption and too little creation. You were put on this earth to create.” – Bill Masur

“Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.” – Jo Nesbo
Bill Richards quote "Depression is a kind of constricted consciousness"

“Depression is a kind of constricted consciousness.” – Bill Richards

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms – the animation, the fits.” – Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor

“A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.” – Lily Singh

“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.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life. I just want these kids to know that this modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected…that’s not human.” – Lady Gaga

Atticus depression quote "Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is"

“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” – Atticus

“The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression.” – Stuart Brown

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced… It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” – J.K. Rowling

“Clinically speaking, depression is a pessimistic sense of your own capabilities, and despondent lack of energy.” – Jane McGonigal

“Things like depression and obesity are global challenges.” – Jane McGonigal

Atticus depression quote "Depression is being sad and not remembering why"

“Depression is being sad and not remembering why.” – Atticus

“Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest. It’s one bloody fray after another.” – Shaun David Hutchinson, We Are the Ants

“Depression is a medical condition. We need to create a world where people are as comfortable seeking care for their minds as they are for their bodies.” – Adam Grant

“Depression doesn’t take away your talents—it just makes them harder to find.” – Lady Gaga

"Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer"

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

“All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously.” – Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

“The fundamental delusion – there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.” – Naval Ravikant

“I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.” – Henry Rollins

“This is my depressed stance. When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.” – Charles Shultz

"Depression and I are old friends but I do not court his company."

“Depression and I are old friends but I do not court his company.” – Laura K. Rhodes

“The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls.” – Carrie Fisher

Inspiration to Overcome Depression

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” – Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever. The storm is just passing over.” – Iyanla Vanzant

Jean-Paul Sartre quote "Life begins on the other side of despair"

“Life begins on the other side of despair.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.” – Fred Rogers

“Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” – Susan Poli Schultz

“If you are depressed and anxious, the main thing I want to tell you is: your pain makes sense. It has meaning. You aren’t a machine with broken parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re crazy or broken. You deserve love and practical support. “ – Johann Hari

Joe Dispenza quote "Love your future more than your past"

“Love your future more than your past.” – Joe Dispenza

“There will always be suffering. But we must not suffer over the suffering.” – Alan Watts

“Whereas pain is a physical experience, suffering is a mental one. It is the sense that things should be other than they are. Its antidote is acceptance.” – Wu Hsin

“We cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever. We must stand up and move on to the next action.” – Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

“I struggled with anxiety and depression and questioned whether or not I wanted to be alive anymore. It was when I hit this low that I decided to reach out and ask for the help of a licensed therapist. This decision ultimately helped save my life. You don’t have to wait for things. “ – Michael Phelps

"Anything that instills a sense of hope will at least temporarily help treat depression"

“Anything that instills a sense of hope will at least temporarily help treat depression.” – Irving Kirsch

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” – Eckhart Tolle

“With depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

“Don’t trust your thought when you are depressed. It is highly unlikely that it is true. Whatever you are depressed about won’t last forever.” – Haemin Sunim

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic.” – John Lewis

“Only stepping out of old ruts will bring new insights.” – Andy Grove

"The scientific evidence is clear that exercise significantly reduces depression and anxiety"

“The scientific evidence is clear that exercise significantly reduces depression and anxiety.” – Johann Hari

“I’ve had some dark nights of the soul, of course, but giving in to depression would be a sellout, a defeat.” – Christopher Hitchens

“I need one of those long hugs where you kinda forget whatever else is happening around you for minute.” – Marilyn Monroe

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them we will understand why they were there.” – Paolo Coelho

“I tend to get pretty depressed and I have some issues with anxiety and things like that … For me, it’s more psychological. Exercise is a means of expelling those demons.” – Ryan Reynolds

“You don’t have to live a lie. Living a lie will mess you up. It will send you into depression. It will warp your values.” – Gilbert Baker

"Honor yourself by not criticizing, judging, or denying what you feel"

“Honor yourself by not criticizing, judging, or denying what you feel.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“I’m not grateful for depression, but it honestly made me work harder and gave me the drive that I have to succeed and to make it work.” – Lili Reinhart

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” – William Gibson

“You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Choose everyday to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed and most of all worthy of love.” – Alison Malee

“Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” – Stephen Fry

"My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle"

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

“It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.” – Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.” – Prince Harry

“To get rid of depression, I swim with dolphins.” – Patt Stanger

“Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.” – Jeanette Winterson

“Through my own struggles with depression, I discovered that knowledge, therapy, medication and education can provide the strength to get through it in one piece.” – Susan Polis Schutz

“Depression and anxiety can’t fit in your head if you’re cultivating feelings of joy and inspiration.” – Austin Butler

"No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars"

“No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

We hope these quotes about depression have helped you express your feelings more clearly, and made you realize that however you are feeling today, you are never alone.

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