Some Quotes on Depression

"Depression is so insidious

These are some quotes about depression that resonate with me. And on an unrelated note, my thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine.

“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. The fog is like a cage without a key.”

Elizabeth Wurtzel

“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

“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, The Bean Trees

“No amount of love can cure madness or unblacken one’s dark moods. Love can help, it can make the pain more tolerable, but, always, one is beholden to medication that may or may not always work and may or may not be bearable”― Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

“They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss.”― Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

“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…

"Depression is feeling like you've lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself."

“Depression is feeling like you’ve lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself.”

– Unknown

“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” — Atticus, Love Her Wild

“Having depression is being in an abusive relationship with yourself.” – Emily Dotterer

“What is depression like? It’s like drowning, except everyone around you is breathing.” – Unknown


“A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.” —Lilly Singh

“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, How to Be Alone

“When you are depressed, you need the love of other people, and yet depression fosters actions that destroy that love. Depressed people often stick pins into their own life rafts. The conscious mind can intervene. One is not helpless.”― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon

Keep fighting

“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.” — Anonymous

“I have depression. But I prefer to say, ‘I battle’ depression instead of ‘I suffer’ with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on.” — Anonymous

Life and death

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

― Jo Nesbo

“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, An Unquiet Mind

“It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That’s above and beyond everything else, and it’s not a mental complaint-it’s a physical thing, like it’s physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don’t come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people’s words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet.” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

If you know someone with depression…

“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

“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

You can find more quotes in these posts on acceptance, adversity, mental illness, and stigma.

33 thoughts on “Some Quotes on Depression”

  1. Those are good quotes, especially the short one about it being easier to say you have a toothache than a broken heart. This happened to me when I tried to talk to friends in 2016/2017 about what happened with That Asshole. They did not care and therefore I felt I couldn’t mention it again except as a joke. Everyone now knows I hate men named Michael ha ha ha. But when I hurt my back, everyone was super sympathetic even though the back pain isn’t that depressing, just a fact of life. Getting dumped on Thanksgiving made me want to never wake up again…

    1. Oh boy, I can relate. I had a boyfriend in college (he wasn’t a student) cheat on me for the whole month my mother was in a coma. Boy, did I rip him a new asshole, and the loser he cheated with. But, it hurt like holy hell. Depression on top of depression. That happened in 1985, and if I ran into him now, I’d rip him a brand new butthole again. And, I’ve never held a grudge toward anyone else. It hurt that bad. I hope you are doing better.

  2. I’ve recently shared some of these as well. 😊 And have a few planned ahead for upcoming Thursdays… So you may see some on my blog soon, and you might have seen a few previously shared 😇.

  3. A friend of mine succinctly summarised my and her irritation at the ignorance and trivialisation of clinical depression in my nation:

    “Those who amplify their feelings of sadness as depression, then act like they are stronger for ‘overcoming’ a non-problem.”

      1. Exactly… One of the more annoying culprits would have her ‘depression’ miraculously cured by the next day lol. Then wonder why people need psych meds and psychotherapy yet are ‘still’ unwell.

          1. Same hahaha. Gawd… Half wanted to tell her plenty of folks would love to swap clinical depression for sadness. Or you know, a quick treatment like ECT without the nasty side effects lol.

  4. I’m not currently depressed although I’ve definitely been sad and feeling useless lately. One day recently I thought I might be heading back down into that pit of despair. Then I realised it was a few bad days, circumstances and repercussions after some life changes.
    It’s definitely not the major depression I’ve had in the past. I can still feel! And while that brief blip into how I’ve felt in the past was scary, I’m proud of everyone who fights that battle or deals with that black cloud, feelings of dread or despair of however you envision the pit that is depression.

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