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64 Depression Quotes: You're Not Alone

If you don't feel understood, read these depression quotes to see that you are not alone

Depression quotes

For some people, life is a constant struggle. Overcoming depression is a very arduous and long path that we cannot do by ourselves. When you are summed in it, it is very difficult to see the way out. Those who have not experienced depression have no clue what it really is about and what it makes you feel like.

For those brave fighters who are struggling to overcome depression, in this article, you will find some depression quotes that will make you feel understood and help you see the light. You are not alone.

1"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

2"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

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

Marilyn Monroe

4"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

5"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

6"Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement."

Joyce Meyer

7"Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different."

J.K. Rowling

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

Laurell K. Hamilton

9"And something inside me just broke. That’s the only way I could describe it."

Ranata Suzuki

10"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

11"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

12"At times, I feel overwhelmed and my depression leads me into darkness."

Dorothy Hamill

13"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."


14"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

15"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

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

Henry Rollins

17"Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine."

Charlotte Brontë

18"Perhaps the saddest irony of depression is that suicide happens when the patient gets a little better and can again function sufficiently."

Dick Cavett

19"If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking."

Elizabeth Wurtzel

20"Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression."

Dodie Smith

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


22"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."

Laurie Halse Anderson

23"Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It's just too much for them."

Phoebe Stone

24"I do suffer from depression, I suppose. Which isn’t that unusual. You know, a lot of people do."

Amy Winehouse

25"Depression is melancholy minus its charms."

Susan Sontag

26"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

27"What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside; it’s about the inside."

Jasmine Warga

28"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

29"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath."

Amit Ray

30"Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting."

Kay Redfield Jamison

31"I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake up in sleep."

Ursula K. Le Guin

32"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

33"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

34"I couldn’t be with people and I didn’t want to be alone."

Marian Keyes

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

John Keats

36"If depression has taught me one thing, it is this: what a rare and beautiful treasure is the simple human gift of joy. For me now, joy – our capacity to delight in one another and in the world – is the reason why we are here. It is as simple as that. And I feel compelled to spread the world."

Giles Andreae

37"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."

James Branch Cabell

38"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

39"No matter how bad things are right now. No matter how stuck you feel. No matter how many days you’ve spent crying and wishing things were different. No matter how hopeless and depressed you feel. I promise you that you won’t feel this way forever. Keep going."

Helen Wilson

40"Never give up on someone with a mental illness. Hen “I” is replaced by “We”, illness becomes wellness."

Shannon L. Alder

41"Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living."

Jo Nesbo

42"Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human."

Janet Fitch

43"Very jaded and tired and depressed and cross…Must fill my mind with air and light, and walk and blanket it in fog."

Virginia Woolf

44"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

45"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 Eugendes

46"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

47"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

48"I’m not grateful for depression, but it honestly made me work harder and gave me the drive that I have to succeed and to make it work."

Lili Reinhart

49"Have you ever been so melancholy, that you wanted to fit in the palm of your beloved’s hand? And lie there, for fortnights, or decades, or the length of time between stars? In complete silence?"

Sarah Ruhl

50"It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like."

Nick Hornby

51"Depression exists without you knowing it, even denying it. It is not an illusion. You don’t even know you’re in it. It takes awhile before you realize it."

Ann Marie Aguilar

52"You're like a grey sky. You're beautiful, even though you don't want to be."

Jasmine Warga

53"Dealing with depression effectively is a mark not of weakness, but of strength."

Andrew Solomon

54"I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim"

Frida Kahlo

55"I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colors and shades I knew existed."

Katie McGarry

56"So you try to think of someone else you’re mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain: everyone."

Ellen Hopkins

57"It’s easy to slide into a depression fueled by the pointlessness of existence."

Robert Smith

58"Need a whole new syntax for fatigue on days like this."

David Foster Wallace

59"Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it."

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

60"It felt like this was never going to end. The world wasn’t going to stop crashing down until there was nothing left of me but dust."

Keary Taylor

61"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

62"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage."


63"It was against my principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn't even think. That's the whole trouble. When you're feeling very depressed, you can't even think."

J.D. Salinger

64"I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are evil."

J.R.R. Tolkien