“It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling — that really hollowed-out feeling.”— J.K. Rowling

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”― Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss

“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

“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

“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, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

“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, The Problem of Pain

“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, Prozac Nation

“Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” — Susan Polis Schutz, poet

“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

“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, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

“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

There are times when explanations, no matter how reasonable, just don’t seem to help. Fred Rogers

There is no person in this whole world who is a mistake, no matter how different that person may seem. Fred Rogers

You are strong. You are beautiful. You are resilient. You are loved. You are capable. You are not weak. You are not defected. You are not weird. You are not a lost cause. You are not different.

It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. G.K. Chesterton

No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars. Ursula K. Le Guin (The Farthest Shore)

We know you’re tired, tired and scared. Happens to everyone, okay? Just don’t let your feet stop. Haruki Murakami

A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every page I have turned in life. Charlotte Brontë

Depression lies. It tells you you’ve always felt this way, and you always will. But you haven’t, and you won’t. Halley Cornell

No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever. The storm is just passing over. Iyanla Vanzant

The more you see and accept reality, the more you’ll understand and love yourself. Maxime Lagacé

There are some things about myself I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all. Haruki Murakami

Depression is, in part, grief for your own life not turning out how it should; grief for your own needs not being met. Johann Hari

Love your future more than your past. Joe Dispenza

The shadows are as important as the light. Charlotte Brontë

Winter always comes to an end, always. Maxime Lagacé

Life begins on the other side of despair. Jean-Paul Sartre (Nausea)

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. Winnie the Pooh

Sometimes, when I say “I am ok”, I want someone to hold me tight, look me in the eyes and say “No, I know you are not”. Paulo Coelho (Hippie)

There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth. Fred Rogers

Going through anxiety or depression or any other psychological condition doesn’t make you unlovable – it makes you human. Seth J. Gillihan

Never lose hope. This life is worth the struggle. Your future self is pleading with you to stay. You are more than your thoughts. You are more than your fears and stronger than you give yourself credit for. The Anxiety Man (@RealAnxietyMan)

If you are depressed and anxious, the main thing I want to tell you is: your pain makes sense. It has meaning. You aren’t a machine with broken parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re crazy or broken. You deserve love and practical support. Johann Hari

Being deluded and scared will make you suffocate. Being honest with yourself and responsible will make you breathe. Maxime Lagacé

There will always be suffering. But we must not suffer over the suffering. Alan Watts

All obstacles that are perceived with love can transform into the greatest life lessons. Gabby Bernstein

It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem. G.K. Chesterton

The fundamental delusion – there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever. Naval Ravikant

Whereas pain is a physical experience, suffering is a mental one. It is the sense that things should be other than they are. Its antidote is acceptance. Wu Hsin

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. Haruki Murakami

The wound is the place where the light enters you. Rumi

We cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever. We must stand up and move on to the next action. Haruki Murakami (1Q84)

It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Alain de Botton (The Architecture of Happiness)

There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them we will understand why they were there. Paulo Coelho

You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation…and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else. Hermann Hesse

Don’t cling to yesterday. It was beautiful, but it was yesterday. Osho

Depression is a kind of constricted consciousness. Bill Richards

Depression isn’t a disease; depression is a normal response to abnormal life experiences. Johann Hari (Lost Connections)

The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression. Stuart Brown

What people think causes depression: being weak, being lazy, choosing to think negative. What actually causes depression: a loved one dying, trauma, bullying, low self-esteem, body image issues, financial struggles, genetic factors. Mental Health Notes (

Depression is a medical condition. We need to create a world where people are as comfortable seeking care for their minds as they are for their bodies. Adam Grant

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

Depressed means you need deep rest from the character you’ve been playing in the world. Jim Carrey

Make peace with your past so it won’t destroy your present. Paulo Coelho (Hippie)

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. Oprah Winfrey

With depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

Real change will come about not as a result of prayer, but of using intelligence and taking action. 14th Dalai Lama

I have never felt so much pain in my life. It was tough for me to even get out of bed and I had days when I couldn’t walk, let alone write a rhyme. Eminem

You have to take responsibility for your own happiness. Reese Witherspoon

You need to know that part of being strong and tough is having the courage to ask for help when you need it. You must not silently suffer. You are all in this together. And, if I may speak personally, we are all in this together because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. You will me continually amazed how life changes for the better. Prince Harry

One of the best things that helps depression is work, and socialising with other people and connecting. Because when you work you find purpose. Trevor Noah (The Daily Show)

I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope. I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut, and I really got irritated with myself. I got to: ‘What’s the point? I know better than this. Brad Pitt

Therapy gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral, it helps. Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life. I just want these kids to know that this modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected…that’s not human. Lady Gaga

I don’t feel very much like Pooh today. Winnie the Pooh

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

Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced… It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different. J.K. Rowling

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

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

People talk about depression all the time. The difference between depression and sadness is sadness is just from happenstance – whatever happened or didn’t happen for you, or grief, or whatever it is. Depression is your body saying f*ck you, I don’t want to be this character anymore, I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me. Jim Carrey

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. Hannah (13 Reasons Why)

I struggled with anxiety and depression and questioned whether or not I wanted to be alive anymore. It was when I hit this low that I decided to reach out and ask for the help of a licensed therapist. This decision ultimately helped save my life. You don’t have to wait for things. Michael Phelps

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Winnie the Pooh

Nothing changes if nothing changes. Mel Robbins

There’s always a solution. Noah Kagan

Reframing is a super power. Rorty Witt

I need a break from my own thoughts. Paulo Coelho

I’m too tired for long explanations. Haruki Murakami

Numb the dark and you numb the light. Brené Brown (Daring Greatly)

Do not stumble on something behind you. Seneca

Real change requires a desire to change. Gabby Bernstein

The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Today’s hot pain is tomorrow’s cold wisdom. The Stoic Emperor

To heal a wound you must stop scratching it. Paulo Coelho

All of our miseries are nothing but attachment. Osho

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. Sophocles

When you don’t know what you need, you want everything. Thibaut

The act of releasing your shame is – in itself – healing. Johann Hari

Admitting you need help with depression or any challenge is strength. Lance Allred

Only stepping out of old ruts will bring new insights. Andy Grove

The Universe has your back even when things aren’t working out the way you expected. Gabby Bernstein

I was blaming instead of taking responsibility. I was taking the easy route that led nowhere instead of taking the hard one that led somewhere. Maxime Lagacé

Even lost and alone, I kept moving forward. Even scared and confused, I kept moving forward. In the end, that’s what you must do: keep moving forward. Maxime Lagacé

Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. Eckhart Tolle

Go to the place inside that hurts. The part that’s lonely or sad. Your broken heart. Your bruised ego. The part of you that worries it will always be this way. Go there now and silently repeat: May you be happy. May you be safe. May you be filled with love. You’re not alone. Jason Garner

You’re tired. You’re stressed. You’re mentally and physically drained. You feel alone. Struggling with the present, uncertain of the future. Life sucks right now. You’ll be fine. I promise…It gets better. Just keep moving forward. Ralph Napolitano

Don’t attack your problems. Face them, confess them, understand what they are. That is the process. Iyanla Vanzant

Nothing has a hold on your mind that you cannot break free of. Iyanla Vanzant

Nobody else can destroy you except you; nobody else can save you except you. Osho