139 Inspiring Quotes about Depression

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A big part of dealing with depression is realizing that you are in control of your own happiness.

— Brian Michael Good

manic depression is the result of the sum of repetitiveness in life and expecting a different result.

— Pieter Swaenepoel

I thought by masking the depression with silence, the feelings might disappear.

— Sharon E. Rainey, Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life

I bet if you cut open my stomach, the black slug of depression would slide out.

— Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

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

Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.

— Chuck Palahniuk

Don’t let anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses ruin your life, be brave and face the day ahead of you

— Raven San Jose

The opposite of depression isn’t feeling happy but being fully alive, however painful

— Gwyneth Lewis

On an incredibly simplistic level, you can think of depression as occurring when your cortex thinks an abstract thought and manages to convince the rest of the brain that this is as real as a physical stressor.

— Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. – Hazel Grace Lancaster

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

It’s my opinion that only in times of utter depression or lofty peace is it appropriate to be creative.

— Nicholas Trandahl

In the old days the worst part of my depression used to be the astonishment it caused me, the scandalized way in which I fought against it. Nowadays, on the other hand, I accept it cheerfully enough, like an old familiar friend.

— Simone de Beauvoir, Prime of Life

The hardest thing about depression is that it is addictive. It begins to feel uncomfortable not to be depressed. You feel guilty for feeling happy.

— Pete Wentz

They thought depression was like bieng ‘depressed’. They thought it was like being in a bad mood, only worse. Therefore, they tried to get him to snap out of it.

— Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

I’ve struggled with depression before. For me, music was always a very positive way to will myself out of that situation.

— Washed Out

They say grief occurs in five stages. First there’s denial followed by anger. Then comes bargaining, depression and acceptance. But grief is a merciless master. Just when you think you’re free you realize you never stood a chance.

— Emily Thorne

Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside

— it’s about the inside.

The deepest fear we have, ‘the fear beneath all fears, ‘ is the fear of not measuring up, the fear of judgment. It’s this fear that creates the stress and depression of everyday life.

— Tullian Tchividjian

The best time to do anything, get drunk, surf, run, take a walk, gamble, make love, get high, watch a movie, read a book, is on a Monday, when everyone else is at work, as their depression will heighten your celebration, of not being them.

— Robert Black

In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant… My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known — no wonder, then, that I return the love.

— Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

Most emotional and physical symptoms of stress and depression are not typically caused by the circumstances themselves, but instead by how our minds perceive what is going on and how our hearts hold up under the pressure.

— Tracie Miles, Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in Your Chaotic World

Until recently, we regarded love as supernatural. We were willing to study the brain chemistry of fear and depression and anger but not love.

— Helen Fisher

I can do comedy, so people want me to do that, but the other side of comedy is depression. Deep, deep depression is the flip side of comedy. Casting agents don’t realize it but in order to be funny you have to have that other side.

— Parker Posey

I didn’t have any knowledge of the music industry when I first got to L.A., and I really didn’t know on a creative level what I wanted to sound like, so I had to do a lot of experimenting. It led to a spiral of depression and being broke.

— Skylar Grey

To combat the confusion and depression that assault me when I come off the road in the middle of a tour, I seek the most oblivionated music possible. When it’s the ‘way out there’ that I seek, I go right to my stash of amazing music from Japan.

— Henry Rollins

To all who struggle with depression or suicidal thoughts: you are not alone. we are all on this journey together. I promise you that there is hope. Let us reach out to one another and walk together in the sunlight.

— Seth Adam Smith

We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.

— Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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

— Miriam Toews, Swing Low

Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.

— Johan Huizinga

Knowledge causes depression and a lot of pressure.

— Deyth Banger

What’s the difference between depression and South America?If you really had to, you could conquer South America.

— Doug Westberg, The Depressed Guy’s Book of Wisdom

Love is not an antidote of depression or loneliness, but it itself is a cause of depression and loneliness.

— Raj Singh, Breakup Before Love‬

Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves.

— Herbert Hoover

[God] wants to help you overcome the bitterness and anger that you feel, and He wants to encourage you . . . He knows that anger and depression will never help you deal with your problems—they only make them worse.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

The years of the economic depression have been years of political reaction, and that is why the economic crisis has generated a world peace crisis.

— Arthur Henderson

Synchronize each breath with the present moment and become intertwined with happiness. Breathing in, we are grateful for the opportunities that are given to us; breathing out, we let go of the depression and anxiety that hold us back.

— Forrest Curran, Purple Buddha Project: Purple Book of Self-Love

They can fly and they howl, they slaughter depression and headaches, they daydream like gangbanging daffodils, orchids and cherry blossoms grasping mauve toffee clouds, they breastfeed laughter.

— Laura Gentile, Seraphic Addiction

There is no cell culture for depression. You can’t see it on a bone scan or an x-ray. Not everyone with depression will show the same behavioral symptoms.

— Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

You seem to look upon depression as the hand of an enemy trying to crush you…Do you think you could see it instead as the hand of a friend, pressing you down to the ground on which it is safe to stand?

— Parker J. Palmer

weltschmerz. it’s the depression you feel when the world as it is does not line up with the world as you think it should be

— John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

She compares the deepest wells of depression to gestation, to a time enclosed, a secluded lightlessness in which, unknown and unforced, we grow.

— Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Birth Year

In his talk, Suzuki Roshi says that meditation and the whole process of finding your own true nature is one continuous mistake, and that rather than that being a reason for depression or discouragement, it’s actually the motivation.

— Pema Chödrön, The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World

To the deepest, most cellular level of my being, I resent people who believe that depression is the same as weakness, that “sad” people must be coddled like helpless toddlers.

— Emery Lord, When We Collided

In my life I’ve gone through a lot of really hard times. I went through depression and had so many challenges that I overcame. And I overcame because I just decided to be happy.

— Lilly Singh

Many patients with cancer are depressed, yet depression is not the cause of cancer.

— David S. Bell

I’ve got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts – you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn’t do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing.

— D.D. Barant, Dying Bites

Rather than assuming weakness or defectiveness, we should acknowledge that getting through depression requires considerable strength. Rather than assuming permanent debility, we should recognize that some depressions are followed by thriving.

— Jonathan Rottenberg, The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

The trick when it comes to dealing with depression is being able to imagine yourself out of it. When you can picture a happier life, you will be determined to work at the things that prevent it from happening.

— Keysha Jade

Bouncing on beds, I remember from childhood, is a great depression reliever.

— Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne.

— William Styron

The intermittent depression that had shadowed him throughout his adult life was about to envelop him once again.

— Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days… or a few months after childbirth.

— Richard J. Codey

Negative emotions, like depression or anxiety, have been shown to affect our immune system. Stress impedes wound healing.

— Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs divorce fornication bullying travel meditation medication depression neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.

— Joseph Heller

For Alex to be enveloped into one of New York State’s blue-ribbon families helped put to bed a lifetime of doubts and depression about his own dubious birthright.

— Melissa de la Cruz, Alex and Eliza

When I need some striking inspiration about deep depression for my new painting, I just need to go to check my bank account…

— Hiroko Sakai

Antonin Artaud wrote on one of his drawings, “Never real and always true, ” and that is how depression feels. You know that it is not real, that you are someone else, and yet you know that it is absolutely true.

— Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

people around me, problem around me, depression around me, thieves around me this is not literature or poetry ! this is my insolvency ! you can solve them try try try until they die !


I can tell you that “Just cheer up” is almost universally looked at as the most unhelpful depression cure ever. It’s pretty much the equivalent of telling someone who just had their legs amputated to “just walk it off.

— Jenny Lawson

Oddly enough I never used to suffer from depression on cold, gray, cloudy days like this. I felt as if nature was in harmony with me, that it reflected my soul.

— Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

There is a difference between depression and sadness. I am happy to be sad.

— Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

Please understand there is no depression in this house and we are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist.

— Victoria, Queen of England

It’s often difficult for those who are lucky enough to have never experienced what true depression is to imagine a life of complete hopelessness, emptiness and fear.

— Susan Polis Schutz

What’s often not acknowledged about depression is how much anger is in it.

— Margo Jefferson

You don’t think in depression that you’ve put on a gray veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away, the veil of happiness, and that now you’re seeing truly.

— Andrew Solomon

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs, therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.

— Isocrates

I would prefer to die than to be depressed for depression can hurt you everyday and it’ll last for a lifetime while on dying, you can only feel pain the moment you’ll die.

— Cedric Go

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

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

A part of my depression lies, I think, in my unanswered question: Where is home? I feel a sense, always, of trying to find my way back to a place that doesn’t exist.

— Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression

I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way. We’d meet, they’d come and seek me out, we’d talk about the future. And I found that their depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine.

— Wole Soyinka

Mental health can be just as important as physical health – and major depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses.

— Michael Greger

If depression was a choice, no one would choose it. Depression is not a choice.

— Northern Adams, Mickey and the Gargoyle

Sounds of depression remembering rejection Hope turns to despair black roses everywhereKeep hearing echoes voices in my mind repeating endless lies evil in disguise

— Diana Rasmussen, Snow White Darkness

Nothing mitigates the throes of depression like a steaming plate of spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce and grated parmasan cheese, with a good fresh bread to wipe up.

— Paul Clayton

Life without knowing your destiny leads to “rat races”, depression and frustration, and attempt to commit suicide

— Sunday Adelaja

The best treatment for stress, anxiety, and depression is to change your perception by knowing that all of this is coming from a fear induced illusion.

— Debasish Mridha

Poverty, oppression, grief and depression will increase, if a country does not live according to the rules of God.

— Sunday Adelaja

As a sufferer of depression for many years, I know the importance of trying to find positive experiences in each day, no matter how small.

— Sharon E. Rainey, The Best Part of My Day Healing Journal

Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by mself.

— Herbert Hoover

I find people with depression are like a broken clocks, and clock maker after clock maker will try to fix you, but sometimes time itself is the answer.

— isaac andrews

I wanted to tell people, “My depression is acting up today” as an excuse for not seeing them, but I never managed to pull it off.

— Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Pain is always emotional. Fear and depression keep constant company with chronic hurting.

— Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves

The best way to overcome depression is to work it to death. Whether it be your body or your mind, just be active and some relief you’ll find.

— Stanley Victor Paskavich, Stantasyland: Quips Quotes and Quandaries

The proper governmental policy in a depression is strict laissez-faire, including stringent budget slashing, and coupled perhaps with positive encouragement for credit contraction.

— Murray Rothbard

I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.

— Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

I’m the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.

— Herbert Hoover

The feelings of guilt takes away self-confidence, reduces self-esteem welcomes fear, confusion, disappointment, depression etc.

— Sunday Adelaja

It is in the nest of disappointment where depression lays its eggs.

— Chloe Thurlow, Katie in Love

Alcohol’s been keeping depression alive and well for over ten thousand years.

— Stanley Victor Paskavich

I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.

— Alfred Nobel

You can’t quell depression by making love. But we tried. But we tried, oh, we did.

— Yrsa Daley-Ward, bone

Alcohol has its own well-know defects as a medication for depression but no one has ever suggested – ask any doctor – that it is not the most effective anti-anxiety agent yet known.

— Joan Didion, Blue Nights

Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.

— William Styron

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.

— Victor Hugo

One reason we’re not winning the fight against depression is that our available treatments leave so many in partial recovery limbo.

— Jonathan Rottenberg, The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

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

— Adam Ant, Stand and Deliver

I always wanted to see people’s lives transformed from depression and anxiety to joy and peace.

— David D. Burns

Keedwell cites a study of depression in the Netherlands that found that most people coped better with adversity after experiencing depression.

— Jan Wong

– Why is depression the blues and not the grays? – Because racer!-Jarod Kintz and Stefan D

— Stefan D

They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss.

— Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

There’s major depression, and then there’s clinical depression. Major depression is what makes you jump off a bridge. I have clinical depression. I jump out of first story windows. It’s the psychological equivalent of lying on a bed of rubber nails.

— Doug Westberg, The Depressed Guy’s Book of Wisdom

No matter how often we fail in any endeavor, we never get used to the feeling of depression that assails us after each successive failure.

— Jim Corbett, The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag

Melancholy suicide. —This is connected with a general state of extreme depression and exaggerated sadness, causing the patient no longer to realize sanely the bonds which connect him with people and things about him. Pleasures no longer attract;

— Émile Durkheim, On Suicide: A Study in Sociology

The more confident and appreciative of who you are, the less hold depression has over you.

— Omoakhuana Anthonia

If you have to wait for a long time, you have to seize hold of the waiting or it will become destructive. If you let things slide, your consciousness will waver, awakening fear and restlessness, then depression strikes, and you’re pulled down.

— Peter Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Debbie Downer” was one of the few sketches where I broke, and I remember watching Heratio Sanz laugh so hard that tears squirted out of his eyes. I still believe that sketch may be a cure for low-level depression if watched regularly.

— Amy Poehler

The greatest and the best Christians when they are physically weak are more prone to an attack of spiritual depression than at any other time and there are great illustrations of this in the Scriptures.

— Martyn Llyod-Jones

I realized at that moment that depression and I will always be linked, tugging back and forth, like the drunken uncle who still gets invited to the family reunion even though everyone knows he’s going to make a messy scene.

— Kelly Wilson, Caskets from Costco

Isolation and loneliness are central causes of depression and despair.

— bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

If I had to define a major depression in a single sentence, I would describe it as a “genetic/neurochemical disorder requiring a strong environmental trigger whose characteristic manifestation is an inability to appreciate sunsets.

— Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

The depression we find ourselves in here, and which is causing havoc in America, is allowing people to give weight to that which divides them, rather than to the shared experiences and elements of connection they see mirrored in their fellow man.

— Jacqueline Winspear, An Incomplete Revenge

Lost serie are full of depression I think or there is some kind of like this… I don’t know up to where I could get… but I will try my best.

— Deyth Banger

Dealing with depression effectively is a mark not of weakness, but of strength.

— Andrew Solomon

It still amazes him how they could have been misled by her personality in Year Eleven. It’s what depression does to a person, it changes them completely.

— Melina Marchetta, The Piper’s Son

The cause of depression and stress are negative thoughts, Be positive, never infect your mind with negative thoughts.

— Debasish Mridha

As to whether the depression will come back, it is every depressive’s fear.

— Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression

In order not to be captured in a trap of depression at the latter end of your life, you should properly assess yourself, rightly understand your identity and realize that you are not the same as your appearance

— Sunday Adelaja

When I’m depressed I’ll lie to myself to make me feel better. But really, it’s ok, because depression only sometimes gets the best of me.

— Dave Guerrero

Most of you guys can’t see the potential in a nervous breakdown. A real collapse. There’s more chance of finding yourself in a major depression than there is in a bottle Prozac.

— Keith Ablow, Denial

Not only does depression take away our spiritual and emotional health, it also undermines our physical health.

— Jed Diamond, Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well

The wordlessness of depression is a galling experience. You can’t phone your friends, writing an e-mail is beyond you, you can’t put pen to paper. The disease is a crash course in meaninglessness, lack of structure, the collapse of form.

— Gwyneth Lewis, Sunbathing In The Rain: A Cheerful Book About Depression

Sometimes I think depression should be called the coping illness. So many of us struggle on, not daring or knowing how to ask for help. More of us, terribly, go undiagnosed.

— Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression

I suffered from post-natal depression after Rowan was born. I had a healthy, beautiful baby girl and I couldn’t look at her. I couldn’t hold her, smile at her. All I wanted was to disappear and die.

— Brooke Shields

Though I learned little in my compromised state, I learned enough to make a decision: I was going to understand how mood could overwhelm. I was going to understand depression or die trying.

— Jonathan Rottenberg, The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

And then depression set in….

— Bill Murray

I continually still fight every day for my life, not only still battling mental health problems but battling multiple sclerosis, which also has depression as one of its side effects.

— Jennifer Holliday

Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.

— Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

For many people, depression is an abrupt change in an otherwise full and happy life. It emerges suddenly and devastates by its very strangeness and pathology.

— Nell Casey, Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.

— Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

[U]sing religion to treat depression often makes the problem worse. It’s like treating the disease with more of the disease. It is effective in getting people to give time and money to the church, but it does not help the victim.

— Darrel Ray, Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

He who hasn’t experienced a full depression alone and over a long period of time–he is a child.

— Jens Bjørneboe

Through depression and many other dark low emotions, our Light dims and our immune system declines along with it. White blood cells are the physical Light of our body.Colors can be used to heal, restore and to uplift us.

— Jacqueline Ripstein, The Art of HealingArt: The Keys to Power and Awareness

I think if there’s a great depression there might be some hope.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Day after day, more and more medications are prescribed for depression and addiction, assuming that these things run in our blood, when really they run in our patterns of awareness.

— Vironika Tugaleva, The Love Mindset: An Unconventional Guide to Healing and Happiness

If you’re fighting moodiness and depression you don’t want to hang around a bunch of other moody and depressed people.

— Joyce Meyer

There are no windows within the dark house of depression through which to see others, only mirrors.

— Miriam Toews, Swing Low: A Life

John Quincy Adams’ depression was treated by his aunt with some reliable remedies, first sleep and then compassion. She said, ” He was half cared for by having someone to care for him.

— Paul C. Nagel, John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life