Depressing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old depressing quotes, depressing sayings, and depressing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It's a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on.     

Neil Lennon

Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression's actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity. The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy-faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it.     

Jonathan Franzen

To perceive is to suffer.     


Wanting to be happy is not the worst thing in the world, but wanting it badly enough to make us depressed is.     

John Washington

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

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.     

W. M. Lewis

Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.      

Donald Rumsfeld

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.     

Jim Rohn

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

Every so often, we all gaze into the abyss. It's a depressing fact of life that eventually the clock expires; eventually the sand in the hourglass runs out. It's the leaving behind of everything that matters to us that hurts the most.      

Ben Shapiro

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

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'     

John Greenleaf Whittier

Sometimes you break your heart in the right way, if you know what I mean.     

Gregory David Roberts

Living with hope is like rubbing up against a cheese grater. It keeps taking slices off you until there's so little left you just crumble.     

Catherine Austen

She can paint a pretty picture but this story has a twist. The paintbrush is a razor and the canvas is her wrist.     

Amy Efaw

You have moved my world when you came, but you made it shake when you left.     

Ishael Ryun

It is a crushing moment when you realize that your life has either been a series of huge mistakes, or worse; it hasn't.     


We begin to die from the moment we are born, for birth is the cause of death. The nature of decay is inherent in youth, the nature of sickness is inherent in health, in the midst of life we are verily in death.     

Gautama Buddha

The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.     

William Somerset Maugham

Anger, resentment and jealousy doen't change the heart of others-it only changes yours.     

Shannon Alder

To love and not be loved; is to die and not be dead     

Jerry Darroch

It's so difficult to describe depression to someone who's never been there, because it's not sadness.     

J.K Rowling

People aren't born sad; we make them that way.     

Nikita Gill

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.     

Mother Teresa

And I knew it was bad when I woke up in the mornings and the only thing I looked forward to was going back to bed.     


Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.      

Mother Teresa

Death comes to us all; we can only choose how to face it when it comes.     

Robert Jordan

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.     


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

Laurell K. Hamilton