Depression Quotes



Here is a collection of depression quotes which I hope will lift your spirits.

Depression Quotes Index

A New Perspective
About Depression
Anger
Bible Verses
Boredom
Fear
Forgiveness
God
Happiness
Humorous
Insightful
Inspirational
Loneliness
Pessimism
Prayer
Proverb
Quotes by Famous People
Quotes by Psychiatrist/Psychologist
Regrets
Tears
What to do When Depressed

A New Perspective

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
~ Vivian Greene

"Everything in our lives is either a blessing, or a blessing in disguise."
~ Joel Fotinos

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance."
~ Anonymous

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
~ Anonymous

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ "
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

"If you're feeling low, don't despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
~ Dolly Parton, singer, in "What's Love Got To Do With It"

"Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before."
~ James Buckham

"Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind."
~ James Hillman

"Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember - A kite rises against the wind rather than with it."
~ Unknown Author

"When you make a mistake, do not look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom, the past can not be changed. The future is yet in your power."
~ Hugh White

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"A life spent making mistakes is not only honourable, but more useful than life spent doing nothing.
~ George Bernard Shaw

"But if somebody dies, if something happens to you, there is a normal process of depression, it is part of being human, and some people view it as a learning experience"
~ Bob Geldof

"Pain is your friend, it tells you when you're seriously injured, it keeps you awake and angry but the best thing about it is it lets you know that you're alive."
~ Unknown Author

"Tragedies happen. What are you gonna do? Give up? Quit? No. I realize now that when your heart breaks, you gotta fight like hell to make sure you’re still alive because you are, and the pain you feel, that’s life. The confusion and fear, that’s there to remind you that somewhere out there’s something better and that something is worth fighting for."
~ One Tree Hill (TV Servies)

"The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."
~Gustav Jung

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
~ Helen Keller

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About Depression

"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
~ Khalil Gibran

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’".
~ John Greenleaf Whittier

"A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work."
~ Geoffrey Norman

"Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer."
~ Dorothy Rowe

"Depression is only reached the instant your mind rejects the most basic of instincts - the need to survive at all costs."
~ Demarcole

"Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm."
~ Murray Gell-Mann

"Depression is the inability to construct a future."
~ Rollo May

"Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling... People who keep stiff upper lips find that it's damn hard to smile."
~ Judith Guest

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Anger

"Anger is just a cowardly extension of sadness. It's a lot easier to be angry at someone than it is to tell them you're hurt."
~ Tom Gates

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Bible Verses

"The joy of the Lord is your strength."
~Nehemiah 8:10

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
~Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

"Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him."
~Psalm 32:10 (NASB)

"Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
~Psalm 37:3-4 (KJV)

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand."
~Psalm 37:23-24 (KJV)

"He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds."
~Psalm 147:3

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
~ John 16:33 (KJV)

"But God, Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed and the sinking, comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us. "
~ 2 Corinthians 7:6 (AMP)

"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
~ 1Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
~ Romans 15:13

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Boredom

"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
~ Thomas Szasz

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Fear

"It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death."
~ Epictetus

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Forgiveness

"Forgiveness is the cleansing fire that burns away old regrets and resentments."
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"We ask God to forgive us for our evil thoughts and evil temper, but rarely, if ever ask Him to forgive us for our sadness."
~ R. W. Dale

"How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself."
~ Publilius Syrus

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God

"But a heart which trusts in God's goodness is armed against sorrow."
~Hirosvitha of Gandersheim

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Happiness

"Happiness comes in many forms.
In the company of good friends,
in the feeling you get when you make someone else’s dreams come true,
or in a promise of hope renewed.
It’s ok to let yourself be happy,
because you never know how great that happiness might be.
Sometimes pain becomes such a huge part of your life,
that you expect it to always be there,
because you can’t remember a time in your life when it wasn’t.
But then one day you feel something else.
Something that feels wrong only because it’s so unfamiliar,
and in that moment you realize you’re happy."
~ One Tree Hill (TV Series)

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Humorous

"When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping.
Men invade another country.
It's a whole different way of thinking.
~ Elayne Boosler

"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."
~ Winston Churchill

"In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back."
~ Charlie Brown

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Insightful

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."
~ Leo Buscaglia

"The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man are fixed upon the same creation; but very different are the aspects which it bears to them."
~ Albert Pike

"If depression is creeping up and must be faced, learn something about the nature of the beast: You may escape without a mauling."
~ Dr. R. W. Shepherd

"Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer."
~ Dorothy Rowe

"Depression is nourished by a lifetime of ungrieved and unforgiven hurts."
~ Unknown Author

"The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy."
~ Jim Rohn

"Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears."
~ Marcus Aurelius

"Dwelling on the past only blinds you to the future."
~Andrew Boyd

"There is sweet joy that comes to us through sorrow."
~Charles H. Spurgeon

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Inspirational

"Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone."
~ George Bernard Shaw

"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal."
~ Thomas Moore

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Loneliness

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."
~ Mother Teresa

"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secret."
~ Paul Tournier

"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone."
~ Orson Welles

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Pessimism

"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist."
~ Mark Twain

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Prayer

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
~ Reinhold Niebuhr
Full Version of Serenity Prayer
Video of Serenity Prayer

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Proverb

"If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours."
~ Proverb

"However long the night, the dawn will break."
~ African Proverb

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Quotes by Famous People

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
~Albert Einstein

"You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it."
~ Albert Ellis

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be."
~ Anne Frank

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"This is my depressed stance.
When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand.
The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high
because then you'll start to feel better.
If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this."
~ Charlie Brown in Charles Schultz' Peanuts comic

"Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have."
~ Dale Carnegie

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
~ Dale Carnegie

"First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst."
~ Dale Carnegie

"If you're feeling low, don't despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
~ Dolly Parton, singer, in "What's Love Got To Do With It"

"It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death."
~ Epictetus

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"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
~ Helen Keller

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. "
~ Helen Keller

"I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers."
~ Helen Keller

"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."
~ Henry David Thoreau

"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 Wordsworth Longfellow

"What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?"
~ Jackie Kennedy

"There is nothing more depressing, than having everything, and still feeling sad."
~ Janet Jackson

"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
~ Khalil Gibran

"March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path."
~ Khalil Gibran

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."
~ Leo Buscaglia

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"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist."
~ Mark Twain

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
~ Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."
~ Mother Teresa

"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone."
~ Orson Welles

"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies."
~ Will Rogers

"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."
~ Winston Churchill

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Quotes by Psychiatrist/Psychologist

"Depression is the inability to construct a future."
~ Rollo May

"You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it."
~ Albert Ellis

"There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."
~ Carl Jung

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Regrets

"Regrets are the tears of choices not made.
Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone."
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so."
~ David Grayson

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Tears

"When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough."
~ Maurice Maeterlinck

"Regrets are the tears of choices not made.
Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone."
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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What to do When Depressed

"If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions."
~ Og Mandino

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be."
~ Anne Frank "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
~ Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi "As we light a path for others, we naturally light our own way."
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

"How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself."
~ Publilius Syrus

"First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst."
~ Dale Carnegie

"When you feel worried and depressed, consciously form a smile on your face and act upbeat until the happy feeling becomes genuine."
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Feeling needy is a big source of unhappiness that can be eliminated through conscious choice and a continued commitment to simplicity."
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path."
~ Khalil Gibran

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"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

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

"Depression is referred to as 'the common cold of the psyche'. Sprinkle a cloth handkerchief with Tangerine & Lavender aromatherapy oil before going to sleep. Breathing the scent makes a person very relaxed and it also helps with night waking's."
~ Depression Guide

"If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you."
~ Galdstone, on using tea to deal with depression

"In moments of discouragement, defeat, or even despair, there are always certain things to cling to. Little things usually: remembered laughter, the face of a sleeping child, a tree in the wind - in fact, any reminder of something deeply felt or dearly loved. No man is so poor as not to have many of these small candles. When they are lighted, darkness goes away - and a touch of wonder remains."
~ Tombstone inscription in Britain

"The busy bee has no time for sorrow."
~William Blake

"Activity and sadness are incompatible."
~ Source Unknown

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