Depression is, in part, grief for your own life not turning out how it should; grief for your own needs not being met.
No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever. The storm is just passing over.
Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.
I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.
Depression taught me the importance of compassion and hard work, and that you can overcome enormous obstacles.
Certainly there is such a thing as chemical depression, and for that, obviously, there are issues that psychotherapists are much more expert at speaking to, but I think there is a low-grade depression that actually prevails in our society. And most of us feel it.
I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse.
Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.
I believe that everyone experiences depression to some degree at some time in their lives. And there are probably millions of people who live with a low level of sadness and heaviness day in and day out.
Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools.
Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
When I diagnose my depression now, I think it was partially about saying goodbye to these kids that I always expected to have but already knew that I wouldn't.
At times, I feel overwhelmed and my depression leads me into darkness.
Depression runs in my family on both sides, and I have to be wary.
The other thing is that if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.
The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.