195+ Profound Depressing Quotes That Capture Depression Perfectly

Depression could, in fact, be tremendously isolating. Quotes about being depressed can provide insight into what it’s like living with depression as well as inspiration and a feeling of “someone gets it.”

These wise sayings about depression can help you to deal with different aspects of the illness such as grief, sadness, loneliness and other related issues. Feel free to share these quotes on your website, blog or social page for your own encouragement or to help others.

Below is a great collection of depressing sad quotes that would make you realize that it is not only you who feel the same way, everybody does. That is why it is important to have close friends around you. This is not intended for you to feel a lot more depressed and down but for you to realize that pain is life’s reality and everyone encounters it.

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Hopefully, the most depressing quotes about love and life will help you reflect and cheer you up for when you need it.

Top 10 Depressing Quotes

People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.

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

You can see many smiles every day, but you can never know whose world is actually upside down.

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

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

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 increase 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

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I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.

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

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And something inside me just….. broke…. That’s the only way I could describe it. – Ranata Suzuki

I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.

Famous Depressing Quotes To Help You Feel Understood

  • Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seems like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it’s in your bones and your blood. ― Jasmine Warga, My Heart, and Other Black Holes
  • Sometimes, you gotta pretend everything is okay.
  • Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • I wanted to kill someone, and I wanted to die, and I wanted to run as far and as fast as I could because she was never coming back. She had fallen off the face of the earth and she was never coming back. ― Melissa Kantor, Maybe One Day
  • It’s always worse than it seems.
  • Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure, but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends but hate socializing. It’s wanting to be alone, but not wanting to be lonely. It’s feeling everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.
  • I get lost inside my mind.
  • 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
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  • There’s death all around us. Everywhere we look. 1.8 people kill themselves every second. We just don’t pay attention. Until we do. ― Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye
  • And then something invisible snapped inside her, and that which had come together commenced to fall apart. ― John Green, Looking for Alaska
  • But I didn’t understand them. 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
  • I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go. ― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall
  • Some of the most painful scars: the ones that hurt the most are the scars that can’t be seen.
  • 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
  • This is what it felt like to have a broken heart. It felt less like a cracking down the middle and more like she had swallowed it whole and it sat bruised and bleeding in the pit of her stomach. ― Wendy Wunder, The Probability of Miracles
  • Every time people ask me if I’m okay, it’s just a reminder that I’m not.
  • She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there–like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone. ― Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
  • One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly, one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy. ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
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  • 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
  • I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colors and shades I knew existed. ― Katie McGarry
  • It’s getting harder to hide pain.
  • I need a break from the loneliness that is totally consuming me.
  • As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong. ― Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden
  • 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.
  • But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for. ― Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road
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  • Where is my chance to be somebody’s Peter Van Houten?’ He hit the steering wheel weakly, the car honking as he cried. He leaned his head back, looking up. ‘I hate myself I hate myself I hate this I hate this I disgust myself I hate it I hate it I hate it just let me fckng die. ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  • Whenever I have a good few month and I think I’ve gotten over the worst on my depression, it silently returns. This isn’t a battle I asked to fight. I’m tired of knowing it’s always coming back.
  • Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.
  • Leaning against my father, the sadness finally broke open inside me, hollowing out my heart and leaving me bleeding. My feet felt rooted in the dirt. There were more than two bodies buried here. Pieces of me that I didn’t even know were under the ground. Pieces of dad, too. ― Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Instead of wiping your tears, wipe away the people who create them.
  • Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch. ― Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray
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  • My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy. ― Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere
  • No one realizes how strong someone with depression has to be just to do daily stuff like shower, brush hair or get out of bed.
  • I hate getting flashbacks from things that I don’t want to remember.
  • When you suffer from depression “I’m tired” means a permanent state of exhaustion that sleep doesn’t fix.
  • When depression takes over and I can’t push through it, I have to close my door and shut the world out. It’s the only way I know how to survive.
  • A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl. — Stephan Hoeller

Short Depressing Quotes

  • 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
  • Once you choose hope, anything is possible. — Christopher Reeve
  • No amount of sleep in the world could cure the tiredness I feel.
  • I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that. ― Robin Williams
  • When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people would understand this.
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  • Often the people with the strongest hearts carry the heaviest ones.
  • Why does it always rain on me?
  • Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • How did I go from that little 5-year-old, always happy & always laughing, to…this?
  • If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. — Fred Rogers
  • What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. — Richard Bach
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  • Depression is like drowning. Except you can see everyone else around you breathing.
  • Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy. — Matt Lucas
  • Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. — Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Monsters don’t sleep under your bed, they scream inside of your head.
  • Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light. — Madeleine L’Engle
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  • I think I’m afraid to be happy because whenever I get too happy, something bad always happens.
  • Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. — Leonard Cohen
  • I’m hurt, and I’m heartbroken, and I’m sad, and I’m depressed, and I’ve been crying, but I don’t wanna let it ruin my life.

Most Depressing Quotes and Sayings

These quotes on stress not only provide inspiration, but they give you a look into what it’s like living with anxiety and panic.

  • You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you. ― Dan Millman.
  • I’m busy saving everybody else when I can’t even save myself.
  • P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, get beat by the competition, have your heart shattered, get fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it. ― Danielle LaPorte
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  • The perfect is the enemy of the good. ― Voltaire
  • Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic. ― Anais Nin
  • Don’t believe everything you think. – unknown.
  • I like to pretend that everything’s alright. Because when everybody else thinks you’re fine, sometimes you forget for a while that you’re not.
  • Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far. ― Jodi Picoult
  • The only way out is through. ― Robert Frost
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  • Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. ― Grenville Kleiser
  • Act the way that you want to feel. ― Gretchen Rubin
  • Lost myself trying to please everyone, now I’m losing everyone else trying to find myself.
  • 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. ― Daniel Goleman
  • If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. ― Steven Hayes
  • The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness. ― Alain de Botton
  • Sometimes all you can do is smile. Move on with your day, hold back the tears and pretend you’re okay.
  • All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. ― Arthur Somers Roche
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  • When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ― Wayne Dyer
  • Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ― Deepak Chopra
  • The worst feeling in the world is knowing you did the best you could and it still wasn’t good enough.
  • If you aren’t willing to have it, you will. ― Steven Hayes
  • People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them. ― George Bernard Shaw
  • (Slow breathing) is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm goes away, but it will hold you steady until it passes. ― Russ Harris
  • My demons, though quiet, are never quite silenced. Calm as they may be, they wait patiently for a reason to wake, take an overdue breath, and crawl back to my ear.

Inspirational Depressing Quotes About Life

WHO has conducted research that revealed: there are about 121 million people suffering from depression all over the world. It is obvious and this statistics implies that many people suffer from depression and today our society is facing a huge problem that is getting worse every second.

Let deep quotes about life remind you that everyone goes through difficult times. You just need to embrace the saddness, process your emotions and create positive mindset.

  • A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. — Joyce Meyer
  • Dear Past, stop tapping me on the shoulders, I don’t wanna look back.
  • You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. — Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. — Swami Sivananda
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. — Helen Keller
  • It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. — Isaac Asimov
  • A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl. — Stephan Hoeller
  • Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. ― Dodie Smith
  • There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind. — C. S. Lewis
  • Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past. — Brian Tracey
  • 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
  • Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. — Napoleon Hill
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  • It always seems impossible until it’s done. — Nelson Mandela
  • Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. — Francis of Assisi
  • Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga. ― Kripalvanandji
  • Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible! — Audrey Hepburn
  • Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. — Rainer Maria Rilke
  • You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without want and a grief. But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound. — Khalil Gibran
  • Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. — Author Unknown
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  • It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. — Aristotle
  • Change your thoughts and you change the world. — Norman Peale
  • Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results. — Willie Nelson
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. — Albert Einstein
  • We learn from failure, not from success. — Bram Stoker
  • Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ — Mary Anne Radmacher
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  • Happiness does not depend upon who you are or what you have. It depends solely on what you think. — Dale Carnegie
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind. — William James
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. — Mark Twain
  • People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. — Norman Vincent Peale
  • 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
  • Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul? ― John Keats
  • Even for me, life had its gleams of sunshine. ― Charlotte Brontë
  • If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. ― Amit Ray
  • If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life. – Abraham H. Maslow
  • People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. — Zig Ziglar
  • Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. — Wayne Dyer
  • Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again. — James R. Cook
  • The people experiencing the most pain tend to be the ones who are always trying to make others smile.
  • Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world: making the most of one’s best. — Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • It’s really sad how one day I seem to have everything going right, then the next day I lose everything so fast.

Very Depressing Quotes About Hope

Most depressing quotes remind you that someone else felt similarly to you and got through it. So it can give you permission to feel overwhelmed but encourages you to go on. And, feeling worthless quotes can inspire you with positive thoughts. Really depressing quotes can make suffering momentarily easier.

  • Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.
  • The only thing standing between me and total happiness is reality.
  • Once we make our decision, all things will come to us. Auspicious signs are not a superstition, but a confirmation. They are a response. ― Deng Ming-Dao
  • Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business. ― Norman Vincent Peale
  • And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ― Anais Nin
  • We are not to blame for our illness, but we are responsible for our health. ― Victoria Maxwell, BPP (Bipolar Princess)
  • You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly. ― Rumi
  • Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’ ― The Talmud
  • Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’. ― Viktor E. Frankl
  • At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself: What is really important? Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer. ― Lee Jampolsky
  • My only advice: stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it. ― Judy Blume
  • The Truth shall set you free…but first, it’ll piss you off. ― Gloria Steinem
  • Even if you’re on the right track…if you just sit there, you’ll still get hit. ― Will Rogers
  • The action is the antidote to despair. ― Joan Baez
  • Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew. ― Saint Francis de Sales
  • Try to love and live the question itself. Don’t search for the answer. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ― Rainer Maria Rilke
  • They’re here dancing in your mind and all you can do is handle.
  • When you follow your bliss… doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else. ― Joseph Campbell
  • Being alone with your feelings is the worst because you have nowhere to run.

Sad Depressing Quotes About Love

  • Everyone in life is gonna hurt you, you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain. ― Bob Marley
  • When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always. ― Mahatma Gandhi
  • Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard. ― David Levithan, Love Is the Higher Law
  • At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.
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  • 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!
  • The saddest thing is when you are feeling really down, you look around and realize that there is no shoulder for you.
  • The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. ― Carl Gustav Jung
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ― Mark Twain
  • The sun kept on with its slipping away, and I thought how many small good things in the world might be resting on the shoulders of something terrible. ― Carol Rifka Brunt
  • I don’t know if it’s possible to take hate away from people. Not even people like us, who’ve seen firsthand what hate can do. We’re all hurting. We’re all going to be hurting for a long time. And we, probably more than anyone else out there, will be searching for a new reality every day. A better one. ― Jennifer Brown
  • I did everything right for someone who does everything wrong.
  • Love is the person you think about during the sad songs.

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A million words would not bring you back, I know because I tried, neither would a million tears, I know because I cried.

Loving yourself is the greatest revolution.

Please forgive me if I don’t talk much at times. It’s loud enough in my head.

How do you run away from things that are in your head?

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. ― Leonardo da Vinci

To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing. ― Dorothy Thompson

I’ve been having a lot of bad days lately.

People keep telling me that life goes on, but to me that’s the saddest part.

Maybe I’m just not meant to live a happy life. Maybe pain is all I’ll ever know.

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. ― Henry Rollins

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. ― George Eliot

Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. ― Margaret Mitchell

Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.

It sucks, doesn’t it? Feeling like you’re not good enough.

One thing you can’t hide — is when you’re crippled inside. ― John Lennon

You’re scared to tell people how much it hurts, so you keep it all to yourself.

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