36 Quotes About Depression to Ease the Pain

If you’re really down, sometimes uplifting quotes can help. Sometimes quotes from others going through what you are going through are just what you need. I have compiled a list of 36 helpful quotes about depression and sadness that may help with how you feel right now:

Quotes about Depression to Help you Feel Better

  1. “But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.”- Haruki Murakami
  2. “Now the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering—this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom in general and fairly salutary day-time advice for everyone. But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work—and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack Up
  3. “Some of the most painful scars: the ones that hurt the most are the scars that can’t be seen.”-Anonymous
  4. “Depression is like a war. You either win or you die trying.”-Anonymous
  5. “Lost myself trying to please everyone, now I’m losing everyone else trying to find myself.”-Anonymous
  6. “Every pain gives a lesson and every lesson changes a person.”-Anonymous
  7. “Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!.” -Dita Von Teese
  8. “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
  9. “I couldn’t be with people and I didn’t want to be alone. Suddenly my perspective whooshed and I was far out in space, watching the world. I could see millions and millions of people, all slotted into their lives; then I could see me—I’d lost my place in the universe. It had closed up and there was nowhere for me to be. I was more lost than I had known it was possible for any human being to be.”- Marian Keyes, Anybody Out There?
  10. “Depression is the inability to construct a future.”- Rollo May
  11. “I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.” – John Keats
  12. “There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”-Nicholas Sparks
  13. “I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.”- Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story
  14. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”- Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss
  15. “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. Barrant, Dying Bites
  16. “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
  17. “We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim.”- R. M. Drake
  18. “When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”- Fiona Apple
  19. “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
  20. “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
  21. “That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful. “- Elizabeth Wurtzel
  22. “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, The Problem Of Pain
  23. “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, Hold Still
  24. “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
  25. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.”- Dante Alighieri
  26. “Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. “- Jeffrey Euginides
  27. “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
  28. “I think one thing is that anybody who’s had to contend with mental illness – whether it’s depression, bipolar illness or severe anxiety, whatever – actually has a fair amount of resilience in the sense that they’ve had to deal with suffering already, personal suffering.”- Kay Redfield Jamison
  29. “Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”-Mark Haddon
  30. “Having depression is like being trapped in a really bad thunderstorm. You don’t know when it’s going to hit, you never know how long it’s going to last, and when it finally passes, you’re left to survey the damages and pick up the pieces.”- Tiffany Johnson
  31. “Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”- Brian Jacques
  32. “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering…”- Goldie Hawn
  33. “The broken will always be able to love harder than most because once you’ve been in the dark, you learn to appreciate everything that shines.”-Anonymous
  34. “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
  35. “If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking.”- Elizabeth Wurtzel
  36. “Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”- Philip K. Dick
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We Hope these Depressing Quotes Provide Some Relief this week

When I found these quotes, as someone suffering from depression, they resounded with me as ways of communicating my struggles and as ways to help myself realize there is a light. There is hope and there is help. There is a safe and healthy way out of this if we can reach out. I hope these quotes helped any of you to see, that depression is a battle but battles can in fact be won.

We can fight our depression and see the light again. We can’t fight alone and we all need help sometimes. It is ok to ask for help it won’t make you weak. Remember that you are not alone and you are stronger than you realize. And if you need professional help, be sure to reach out. If it’s a crisis you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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