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Depression is a serious, widespread illness that afflicts many. It is not to be taken lightly. Here we present a collection of depression quotes for you to ponder and we hope these are helpful... if nothing else hopefully it helps to understand you are not alone. You are definitely not alone, you are strong, and help is out there. Please please do not hesitate to seek help.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from depression, you absolutely should please seek help immediately!

Some depression resources where you can get help:

Recovery Village List of Depression Hotlines

Depression & BiPolar Support Alliance List of Hotlines and Help Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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

That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.

--Elizabeth Wurtzel

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

With depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone.

--Dwayne Johnson

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

Longer Version:

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. 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.

Depression is a physical illness.

--Terry Bradshaw

I have been waiting for death all my life. I do not mean that I actively wish to die, just that I do not really want to be alive.

--Gail Honeyman

I wonder if that's how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out.
I don't want it to win.

--Jasmine Warga

She wondered that hope was so much harder then despair.

--Patricia Briggs

Sometimes I wonder if my heart is like a black hole--it's so dense that there's no room for light, but that doesn't mean it can't still suck me in.

--Jasmine Warga

Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.

--Steve Maraboli

The monsters were never
under my bed.
Because the monsters
were inside my head.

I fear no monsters,
for no monsters I see.
Because all this time
the monster has been me.

--Nikita Gill

The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.

--Louis-Ferdinand Céline

If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.

--Brené Brown

Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there's nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.

--Jasmine Warga

I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colours and shades I knew existed.

--Katie McGarry

I will be stronger than my sadness.

--Jasmine Warga

Depression is melancholy minus its charms.

--Susan Sontag

Longer Version:

Depression is melancholy minus its charms, the animation, the fits.

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

You're like a grey sky. You're beautiful, even though you don't want to be.

--Jasmine Warga

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

--Elizabeth Wurtzel

Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.

--Jasmine Warga

If I can't feel, if I can't move, if I can't think, and I can't care, then what conceivable point is there in living?

--Kay Redfield Jamison

I'm fine. Well, I'm not fine - I'm here.
Is there something wrong with that?

--Ned Vizzini

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.

--Soren Kierkegaard

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.

--Amit Ray

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

The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can't get away from it. Not ever.

--Nina LaCour

It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.

--William Styron

In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression.

--Elizabeth Wurtzel

We are all spirits. We get depressed. But music makes you want to live. I know my music has saved my life.

--Mary J. Blige

Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm.


The only way to escape the abyss is to look at it, gauge it, sound it out and descend into it.

--Cesare Pavese

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.

--Leonard Cohen

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

Sharing our depressions felt like having survived a war. The experience bonds you to the other person for life.

--Art Buchwald

If you suffer from depression, anything that makes you feel has to the most important thing in your life, because it's the only thing that can save you.

--Siobhan Fahey

In my experience the best way to beat depression is to get involved in something inspiring.


What uniform can I wear to hide my heavy heart? It is too heavy. It will always show.

--Jean Cocteau

Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.

--Andrew Solomon

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

Just remember that the darkest night did not turn out all the stars.

--Louis Mann

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

Depression is anger slowed down; panic is grief speeded up.

--Ann-Marie MacDonald

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

--Francis of Assisi

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

--Miriam Toews

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

--Dolly Parton

Passion is the force that springs an artist from the needling cushion of depression.

--Robert Genn

Sadness is more or less like a head cold - with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.

--Barbara Kingsolver

It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear. The one who says, 'Nothing good came of this' is not yet listening.

--Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Living with depression is like trying to keep your balance while you dance with a goat -- it is perfectly sane to prefer a partner with a better sense of balance.

--Andrew Solomon

Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction, it is a functioning phenomenon. It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable.

--James Hillman

Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.

--Judith Guest

Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It's always there, though.

--Jeffrey Eugenides

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


If you're going through hell, keep going.

--Winston Churchill

Depression on my left, Loneliness on my right. They don't need to show me thier badges. I know these guys very well.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

--Albert Camus

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

Depression is about as close as you get to somewhere between dead and alive, and it's the worst.

--Elizabeth Wurtzel

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

I may have looked happy but inside I was hopelessly depressed.

--Stephen Fry

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

--Laurell K. Hamilton

Depression isn't just being a bit sad. It's feeling nothing. It's not wanting to be alive anymore.

--J. K. Rowling

No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

--Maya Angelou

I think I'm afraid of being happy because whenever I get too happy something bad always happens.

--Charles M. Schulz

It does not mean you're broken to have depression and anxiety. I would encourage you to speak out. Don't hold it inside. Talk to friends. Talk to parents. If it's available, go to a therapist.

--Dan Reynolds

Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one's taking.

--Douglas Coupland

Depression has existed as long as mankind itself, and certainly well before psychiatry, antidepressant medication, or the nation of America itself came into being.

--Vikram Patel

I've had a tremendous problem with depression in my life. I'd rather not talk about it, because it's over. But depression is real.

--Henri J. M. Nouwen

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 Polis Schutz

This might be controversial, but sometimes I think that being happy is a decision. I don't mean that in a way to diminish clinical depression. But on a more day-to-day level.

--Will Arnett

The more choices we give patients affected by depression, the better we will serve them.

--Carlos Santana

If you look at suicides, most of them are connected to depression. And the mental health system just fails them. It's so sad. We know what to do. We just don't do it.

--Rosalynn Carter

Depression is incredibly pervasive and thus important to talk about.

--Robert M. Sapolsky

Many of depression's symptoms - exhaustion, insomnia, nausea, headaches, weight loss, weight gain - are physical ailments.

--Gayle Forman

We expect well-informed treatment for cancer or heart disease; it matters no less for depression.

--Kay Redfield Jamison

The reason so many intelligent and creative people suffer from depression is that when you take the risk of being fully conscious, you open Pandora's box, and you can't close it again.

--Michael Redhill

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

--Tom Bosley

Depression is like the worst disease you can get. It's devastating.

--Robert M. Sapolsky

Depression can take you into a black hole, so it is terrible.

--Asha Parekh

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

--Tom Bosley

We know how to treat depression, we know how to treat mental illness, and we have not had the political will in our country to make it happen.

--Rosalynn Carter

My depression is not something very special. A lot of people go through depression. My divorce is not something very special; a lot of people go through divorce.

--Krista Tippett

Do I wish I had never endured postpartum depression? Absolutely. But to deny the experience is to deny who I am.

--Bryce Dallas Howard

I want to help people with depression understand that there is hope, so that they can get the help they need to live rich, fulfilling lives.

--Tom Bosley

Thinking about death makes you analyse what life is. Anxiety makes you curious, and curiosity leads to understanding. I wouldn't be a writer without depression.

--Matt Haig

The thing with depression is you don't realise you have it and even when you do you don't want to realise you have it.

--Mark Cavendish

Depression is something that makes you lose your sight.

--Michael Schenker

When you're on the verge of depression, a good leveller is to put one foot in front of the other and do some manual labour.

--Rachael Stirling

We don't know why, but pancreatic cancer has a very interesting physiological link to depression. There seems to be a deep link, and we don't know what it is.

--Siddhartha Mukherjee

While the line between stress, deep anxiety, and depression often blurs, most entrepreneurs struggle with broad mental health issues at various points in their lives.

--Brad Feld

When I was suffering with depression, people weren't talking about depression. It had a stigma.

--Jennifer Holliday

I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life. And if they don't, I think that's weird.

--Kirsten Dunst

Unfortunately, I think depression and anxiety are really hard to live with. And what people don't need is to feel bad about themselves because they decide to go on medication.

--Rene Russo

The best way to get out of depression is to work out.

--Priyanshu Chatterjee

Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations.

--Andrew Weil

For many people who face anxieties, depression, trauma or grief that dominate their lives, a vital source of support may be a counsellor or psychotherapist.

--Luciana Berger

I suppose I'm interested in sorrow, which is very different from depression or despair. Sorrow is continuous with the world; it allows for creativity.

--Aleksandar Hemon
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