78+ Best Depression Quotes Everyone Should Read

Depression is a mood disorder that involves a low mood and a loss of interest in activities. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, people experience depression in different ways. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

Famous depression quotes perfectly capture your feelings and will help you cope with struggles and feel better by giving you relief, meaning, and inspiration.

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Depression Quotes

I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. Dwayne Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I go through a lot of depression, and I know other people do, too, but I have an outlet that so many people don’t. If you have that inside of you and can’t get it out, what do you do? Billie Eilish

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

A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people. Lilly Singh

I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know? Ned Vizzini

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

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

Depression, for me, has been a couple of different things  but the first time I felt it, I felt helpless, hopeless, and things I had never felt before. I lost myself and my will to live. Ginger Zee

The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life. Katie McGarry

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

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul? John Keats

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.

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

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

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

I have depression. But I prefer to say, I battle depression instead of I suffer with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. Dodie Smith

Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is. Atticus

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

It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch. Matt Haig

I waste at least an hour every day lying in bed. Then I waste time pacing. I waste time thinking. I waste time being quiet and not saying anything because I’m afraid I’ll stutter. Ned Vizzini

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

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

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

It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them. Jennifer Niven

Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human. Janet Fitch

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

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

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

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

It is not seen as insane when a fighter, under an attack that will inevitable lead to his death, chooses to take his own life first. In fact, this act has been encouraged for centuries, and is accepted even now as an honorable reason to do the deed. How is it any different when you are under attack by your own mind? Emilie Autumn

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

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

I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full. Sylvia Plath

Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It’s just too much for them. Phoebe Stone

Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression’s actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity. The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it. Jonathan Franzen

Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine. Charlotte Brontë

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

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

Depression on my left. Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well. Elizabeth Gilbert

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

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

I feel like a defective model, like I came off the assembly line flat-out fucked and my parents should have taken me back for repairs before the warranty ran out. Elizabeth Wurtzel

Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it. Ned Vizzini

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

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason. Andrew Solomon

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

It’s not all bad. Heightened self consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self Loathing they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me. Stephen Fry

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

When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people understood that.

I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too? Laurie Halse Anderson

Depression is feeling like you’ve lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself.

I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top. John Keats

Everyday is a second chance.

Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. Philip K. Dick

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

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

You’re not a bad person for the ways you tried to kill your sadness.

The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God. Victor Hugo

I don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll just be expected to finish it. Rainbow Rowell

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

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.

Depression is melancholy minus its charms. Susan Sontag

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

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

People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people. Deepika Padukone

Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it. Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

Whenever I have a good few months 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.

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