Depression can be incredibly isolating. Behind my smile is a hurting heart, behind my laugh I’m falling apart. Being open with friends, family and in our relationships is vital to keeping a dialogue open. Looking for insightful quotes that will help you on your journey? Here are some of our favorite depression quotes.


“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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

“I don’t want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel

depression quotes
“If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel

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

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

depression quotes
“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 – Depression Quotes

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

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

depression quotes
“Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”
Philip K. Dick – Depression Quotes

“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

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

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“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

“It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.”
Nick Hornby

“You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.”
Jasmine Warga – Depression Quotes

“Depression is not generalized pessimism, but pessimism specific to the effects of one’s own skilled action.”
Robert M. Sapolsky

“The world can ask you to participate, but it’s a day-today decision if you want to agree to that proposal.”
Aimee Bender

quotes on depression
“If they tell you that she died of sleeping pills you must know that she died of a wasting grief, of a slow bleeding at the soul.”
Clifford Odets

“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 – Depression Quotes

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.”
Susan Sontag

“The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne.”
William Styron

“Bridget’s anger evaporated and the sadness came back. The anger was easier. She owned and controlled it, whereas the sadness owned her.”
Ann Brashares

quotes on depression
“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 – Depression Quotes

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

“Embrace the void and have the courage to exist.”
Dan Howell

“The opposite of play is not work—the opposite of play is depression.”
Brian Sutton-Smith

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“A melancholy-looking man, he had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle.”
P.G. Wodehouse

“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 – Depression Quotes

“I am a work in progress.”
Violet Yates

“Woke up this morning afraid I was gonna live.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel

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“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

“I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep.”
Ursula K LeGuin

“I saw the world from the stars’ point of view, and it looked unbearably lonely.”
Shaun David Hutchinson

“It’s as if a child with a brush and too much enthusiasm has been set free with a tin of black paint inside me.”
Jenny Downham – Depression Quotes

“Everything was usual. That was depression: being stuck, clinging to an out-of-date version of oneself.”
Edward St. Aubyn

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“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.”
Harry S. Truman

“She wondered that hope was so much harder then despair.”
Patricia Briggs

“You can tell a lot from a person’s nails. When a life starts to unravel, they’re among the first to go.”
Ian McEwan

“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”
Hippocrates

“I can’t think of anything more disheartening than living a life without a clear purpose.”
Daniel Willey – Depression Quotes

quotes on depression
“Everyone’s moving on without me, into a world I don’t understand.”
Sophie Kinsella

“Sometimes it feels like we’re all living in a Prozac nation. The United States of Depression.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel

“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
Ronald Reagan

“Any man who retreats into a cave which has only one opening deserves to die.”
Frank Herbert

“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”
Henry David Thoreau

quotes on depression
“Everything’s plastic, we’re all going to die sooner or later, so what does it matter.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel – Depression Quotes

“If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.”
Tamara Ireland Stone

“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

“It doesn’t hurt. Nothing hurts except the small smiles and blushes that flash across the room like tiny sparrows.”
Laurie Halse Anderson

“Depression is anger turned inward.”
Sapphire

quotes on depression
“Stop trying to be less of who you are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back.”
Jennifer Elisabeth

“The soulless have no need of melancholia.”
V.F. Odoevsky

“Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions.”
Miriam Toews – Depression Quotes

“Almost everyone is overconfident–except the people who are depressed, and they tend to be realists.”
Joseph T. Hallinan

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

quotes on depression
“I start to get the feeling that something is really wrong.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel

“Whenever I get that sad, depressed feeling, I go out and kill a policeman.”
P.G. Wodehouse

“At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.”
Benjamin J. Carey

“He could only consider me as the living corpse of a would-be suicide, a person dead to shame, an idiot ghost.”
Osamu Dazai

“The depressed person is a radical, sullen atheist.”
Julia Kristeva – Depression Quotes

“People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile.”
Judith Guest

“Maybe all you need to pull you back form the ledge is to know someone would miss you if you fell.”
Leah Raeder

“Most people who think they’re happy are really just stupid.”
Tom Kitt

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