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60 Depression Quotes To Explain How Depressed People Feel

Rachel Sharpe

Depression quotes can make you feel sad, numb, or hopeful about overcoming this terrible thought disorder. In this article, we how you find some relatable quotes about depression to know you’re not alone. However, more importantly, we hope you find inspirational quotes about depression that help inspire you to work towards building a better day. So, let’s dive into some of these depression quotes. 

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Depression Quotes

  1. “If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.” – C.S. Lewis
  2. “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
  3. “I wish people could understand that the brain is the most important organ of our body. Just because you can’t see mental illness like you could see a broken bone, doesn’t mean it’s not as detrimental or devastating to a family or an individual.” – Demi Lovato
  4. “She’s battling things her smile will never tell you about.” – Jonny Ox
  5. “People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong too long.” – Johnny Depp
  6. “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 anybody else to feel like that.” – Robin Williams
  7. “What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.” – Brene Brown
  8. “Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed, and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart.” – William C. Hannan
  9. “People in therapy are often in therapy to deal with the people in their lives who won’t go to therapy.” – Unknown
  10. “Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When “I’ is replaced by “we,” illness becomes wellness.” – Shannon L. Alder
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Quotes About Depression

  1. “I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they aren’t around.” – Charles Bukowski
  2. “She wasn’t sad anymore, she was numb, and she knew somehow numb was worse.” – Atticus
  3. “We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive ones.” – Brene Brown
  4. “It’s such a fine line between feeling everything and nothing at all.” – k. Tolnoe
  5. “Do not be numb. If you wish to heal your wounds; first learn to feel where they are.” – A. Daniel
  6. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway
  7. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.” – Paulo Coelho
  8. “I withdraw from people and places from time to time, a world that is filled with millions of mouths that talks too much but never have anything to say.” – Kaitlin Foster
  9. “They say “follow your heart” but if your heart is in a millon pieces which piece do you follow? – Unknown
  10. “My darling, you hold so much sadness in your eyes, I can almost touch the scars of your soul and cry.” – Alexandra Vasiliu
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Short Depression Quotes

  1. “Angry is just sad’s bodyguard.” – Liza Palmer
  2. “Make peace with your broken pieces.” – r.h. Sin
  3. “You have to die a few times before you can really live.” – Charles Bukowski
  4. “She has love in her words, pain in her silence.” – Laura Jane
  5. “My heart hides so many wounds that never bleed.” – Alexandra Vasiliu
  6. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  7. “I am lonely in places I didn’t even know existed inside me.” – Nikita Gill
  8. “When it is darkest, we can see the stars.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun.” – Chinese Proverb
  10. “Every emotion has a story to tell.” – k. tolnoe
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Anxiety and Depression Quotes

  1. “I don’t want to look back in five years’ time and think, ‘We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.’ In five years I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best thing in life, and I didn’t let it.” – Unknown
  2. “If you haven’t healed it, every time you think about a negative event from your past, your body produces the exact same chemicals in the body as when it happened. That means you relive the experience hundreds of times simply because you haven’t let it go.” – Unknown
  3. “You can make the decision now to have pain. Clean pain, that leads to a clean break, that allows you to heal. Or you can choose to hurt yourself over and over again until that big pain comes. Or you do it now.” – Unknown
  4. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” – Dan Millman
  5. “Just because you carry it well, doesn’t mean it’s not heavy.” – Unknown
  6. “The more we forgive, forget and let go, the less defined by our past we are.” – Unknown
  7. “Life is way too short to spend it at war with yourself.” – Unknown
  8. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” – Walt Disney
  9. “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain
  10. “Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.” – Renee Jain

Suicidal Depression Quotes

  1. “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” – Juliette Lewis
  2. “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have the right to be here.” – Max Ehrmann
  3. “Remember the times you could have pressed quit– but you hit continue.” – Shane Koyczan
  4. “You are strong enough to face it all, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now” – Unknown
  5. “Keep searching for the colors when everything turns grey.” – Christy Ann Martine
  6. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
  7. “You aren’t the things that haunt you. You aren’t the pain you feel. You aren’t defective or broken. You’re human, you’re doing the best you can, and you have so much to offer the world than the demons you’re fighting.” – Daniell Koepke
  8. “The real reasons for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.” – Ernest Hemingway
  9. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” – John Green
  10. “You give the world such a great gift by being alive. Your time to leave this world will one day come, don’t cut life short.” – Unknown
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Inspirational Quotes For Depression

  1. “Keep searching for the colors when everything turns grey.” – Christy Ann Martine
  2. “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
  3. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
  4. “Your pain is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself.” – Gary Zukav
  5. “I won’t let my pain turn my heart into something ugly. I will show you that surviving can be beautiful.” – Christy Ann Martine
  6. “Somewhere there is a past you overflowing with so much pride looking at how far you’ve come.” – Unknown
  7. “Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it, although you may not see it at the time.” – Eckhart Tolle
  8. “It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.” – Napoleon Hill
  9. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed, until it is faced” – James Baldwin
  10. “What a plot twist you were.” – faraway
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These sixty depression quotes are pretty relatable. The pain and suffering you feel as you go through depression is challenging to go through. We hope that some of the quotes about depression helped inspire you to hold on a bit longer and to work towards overcoming this illness. This suffering is temporary and I’m so sorry that you’re going through this right now. You can learn how to cope with depression by reading our article about this. 

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