Depression Sayings and Quotes

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


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

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

Depression is anger without enthusiasm     

Anon

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

All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously.     

Tom Robbins

Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.     

Andrew Solomon

Depression is not only an experience in the mind; it is also an affliction of the body. There is a lack of energy, a painful heaviness; sadness and a grief that permeate to our marrow.     

Philip Martin

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

Many people think that depression is something you just have to live with when you get older, but it's not.     

Tom Bosley

Depression is boring, I think and I would do better to make some soup and light up the cave.     

Anne Sexton

Depression is useful. It signals that you need to make changes in your life, it challenges your tendency to withdraw, it reminds you to take action.     

Gloria Anzaldua

You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.     

Albert Ellis

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

Demarcole

Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.      

Dorothy Rowe

Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind.      

James Hillman

Living with depression is like trying to keep your balance while you dance with a goat - it is perfectly sane to prefer a partner with a better sense of balance.     

Andrew Solomon

Depression is the inability to construct a future.     

Rollo May

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

Joyce Meyer

Every time you feel depressed about something, try to identify a corresponding negative thought you had just prior to and during the depression. Because these thoughts have actually created your bad mood, by learning to restructure them, you can change your mood.     

David D. Burns

During depression the world disappears ... because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?     

KATE MILLETT

My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.     

Soren Kierkegaard

Depression has been labelled the common cold of psychopathology. This comparison is unfortunate, for it conveys the impression of a frequent but mild complaint. In reality ... depression is not only the most frequent mental health problem, but is among the most serious.     

PAUL GILBERT

Depression is a choice.     

A.B. Curtiss

Something crucial about depression ... The smarter you were, the worse it was. The sharper your brain, the more it cut you up.     

Jeffrey Eugenides

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

Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.     

Matt Lucas

Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one's taking.     

Doug Coupland

Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.      

Judith Guest

To some degree depression is a function of unconscious anger. Pay attention to your angry feelings. Don't feel guilty about them.      

Steve Hovland

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.      

Charles Schulz