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120 Depression Quotes That Will Make You Feel Loved and Cared For Despite Your Struggles (2022)

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These depression quotes will motivate you to deal with your anxiety and make you feel less alone in your struggles.

Many people suffer from depression, but they keep it to themselves out of fear of being judged by others. Some people are able to manage their stress, whereas others succumb and become overwhelmed, resulting in depression and ruining their lives.

Depression is a serious mental condition that, if left untreated, can lead to major issues such as suicide. Stress and difficulties are inevitable in our lives, and they can be overwhelming at times. That is why having someone to listen to and care for us is so important in dealing with adversity.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of depression quotes to help you cope with anxiety and to make you feel less alone in your life struggles.

To get started, see the full list here.

Best Depression Quotes to Help You Deal With Anxiety

1. “The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not.” – Anonymous

2. “Being depressed, all I needed was someone who could listen to me, belief in me, encourage me, but most of all, understand me.” – Maxime Lagacé

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3. “I found that with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you’re not alone.” – Dwayne Johnson

4. “Depression is like a war—you either win or die trying.” – Anonymous

5. “Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” – Matt Lucas

6. “Hold on to this hope: you can get better from depression.” – Anonymous

7. “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.” – Anonymous

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8. “When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental.” – Marion Cotillard

9. “When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people understood that.” – Anonymous

10. “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

11. “It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there because it’s not sadness.” – J.K. Rowling

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

13. “What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside; it’s about the inside.” – Anonymous

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

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15. “Depression, suffering, and anger are all part of being human.” – Janet Fitch

16. “All your quirks and all your problems―even your depressions and your failures, that’s what makes you, you.” – Anonymous

17. “People who have never dealt with depression think it’s just being sad or being in a bad mood. That’s not what depression is for me; it’s falling into a state of grayness and numbness.” – Dan Reynolds

18. “I go through a lot of depression, and I know other people do, too, but I have an outlet that so many people don’t. If you have that inside of you and can’t get it out, what do you do?” – Billie Eilish

Inspirational Quotes to Help You Cope With Depression

19. “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

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20. “I’m hurt, and I’m heartbroken, and I’m sad, and I’m depressed, and I’ve been crying, but I don’t wanna let it ruin my life.” – Anonymous

21. “Your mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, and the grocery run. Take care of yourself.” – Anonymous

22. “You don’t have to live a lie. Living a lie will mess you up. It will send you into depression. It will warp your values.” – Gilbert Baker

23. “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

24. “Depression taught me the importance of compassion and hard work and that you can overcome enormous obstacles.” – Rob Delaney

25. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray

26. “I am bent, but not broken. I am scared, 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

27. “My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.” – Patty Duke

28. “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

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29. “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

30. “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.” – Anonymous

31. “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

32. “It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.” – Prince Harry

33. “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

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34. “You look happy, but you don’t feel happy. That’s what depression does to you.” – Anonymous

35. “Depression is the overwhelming sense of numbness and the desire for anything that can help you make it from one day to the next.” – Anonymous

36. “Depression is like a heavy blanket. It covers all of me, and it’s hard to get up. But there’s comfort in it too. I know who I am when I’m under it.” – Anonymous

37. “When you suffer from depression, ‘I’m tired’ means a permanent state of exhaustion that sleep doesn’t fix. Sleep just isn’t sleep anymore—it’s escape.” – Anonymous

38. “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, making it impossible to ever see the end. That fog is like a cage without a key.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

39. “Depression, for me, has been a couple of different things—but the first time I felt it, I felt helpless, hopeless, and things I had never felt before. I lost myself and my will to live.” – Anonymous

40. “Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed.” – Kay Redfield Jamison

41. “You don’t understand depression until you can’t stand your own presence in an empty room.” – Anonymous

42. “There are no windows within the dark house of depression through which to see others, only mirrors.” – Miriam Toews

43. “Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive.” – Sally Brampton

44. “It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch.” – Matt Haig

45. “I tend to get pretty depressed and I have some issues with anxiety and things like that. For me, it’s more psychological. Exercise is a means of expelling those demons.” – Ryan Reynolds

46. “The most likely cause of a man’s depression is his failure to be the man he thinks he should be.” – Frank Pittman

47. “She says she’s fine but she’s going insane. She says she feels good but she’s in a lot of pain. She says it’s nothing but it’s really a lot. She says she’s okay. but really she’s not.” – Anonymous

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48. “She hurts and she cries. But you can’t see the depression in her eyes. Because she just smiles.” – Anonymous

49. “You hate when people see you cry because you want to be that strong girl. At the same time, though, you hate how nobody notices how torn apart and broken you are.” – Anonymous

Quotes About Depression to Help You Understand How They Feel

50. “That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

51. “All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously.” – Tom Robbins

52. “Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die.” – Anonymous

53. “If we admit our depression openly and freely, those around us get from it an experience of freedom rather than the depression itself.” – Dr. Rollo May

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54. “The worst kind of pain is when you’re smiling just to stop the tears from falling.” – Hiro Mashima

55. “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.” – Anonymous

56. “I used to be good friends with my depression, saying oh I’m so depressed, or life is terrible.” – Tony Curtis

57. “They flank me—depression on my left, loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show their badges. I know these guys very well.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

58. “Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.” – Anonymous

59. “Pain is emotional. Depression and fear are always in company with chronic hurting.” – Siri Hustvedt

60. “Depression makes you isolated. It’s very hard to think of other people when you’re wrapped in a prickly blanket of sadness and all you can think about is your own pain.” – Anonymous

61. “You will feel better than this, maybe not yet, but you will. You just keep living until you are alive again.” – Anonymous

62. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” – Laurell K. Hamilton

63. “People with depression have something very valuable to teach us—how to live when it doesn’t ever feel good.” – Kay Warren

64. “I wanted to talk about it. Damn it. I wanted to scream. I wanted to yell. I wanted to shout about it. But all I could do was a whisper, ‘I’m fine.’” – Anonymous

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65. “Sometimes, what a person needs is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.” – Anonymous

66. “Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.” – John Green

67. “Because that’s the thing about depression. When I feel it deeply, I don’t want to let it go. It becomes a comfort. I want to cloak myself under its heavyweight and breathe it into my lungs.” – Stephanie Perkins

68. “Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure, coupled with no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends but hating socializing. It’s wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely. It’s feeling everything at once, yet being paralyzingly numb.” – Anonymous

69. “There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why, when it did not seem worthwhile to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.” – Kate Chopin

Quotes on the Difference Between Depression and Sadness

70. “Depression is not the same as sadness.” – Anonymous

71. “People don’t die from suicide, they die from sadness.” – Anonymous

72. “Sometimes I’m sad and tired and miserable for no reason at all.” – Anonymous

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73. “You’re not a bad person for the ways you tried to kill your sadness.” – Anonymous

74. “Depression isn’t just being a bit sad. It’s feeling nothing. It’s not wanting to be alive anymore.” – Anonymous

75. “Depression has nothing to do with having a bad day or being sad.” – Anonymous

76. “Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.” – Anonymous

77. “I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it.” – Anonymous

78. “My body and heart weren’t made for this. I’m tired of being tired and I’m tired of being sad.” – Anonymous

79. “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes, we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

80. “Sometimes I get so sad. So sad that I completely shut down. I stare blankly at the wall and it doesn’t matter what you say to me. Because at that moment, I don’t exist.” – Anonymous

81. “Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.” – Anonymous

82. “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

83. “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

84. “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 Quotes That You Should Be Aware Of

85. “When you have depression simply existing is a full-time job.” – Anonymous

86. “It’s a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on.” – Anonymous

87. “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.” – Anonymous

88. “Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder 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

89. “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” – Dodie Smith

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90. “Nothing is more depressing than despite the fact of having it all but still feeling empty.” – Anonymous

91. “I define depression as a comparison of your current reality to a fantasy about how you wish your life would be.” – Anonymous

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

93. “Everything was usual. That was depression: being stuck, clinging to an out-of-date version of oneself.” – Edward St. Aubyn

94. “Mental illness lives all around us every day. I’ve seen it in other family members, I’ve seen it in friends, and I’ve dealt with it myself with my own postpartum depression.” – Rachel Hollis

95. “A lot of people don’t realize that depression is an illness. I don’t wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it.” – Jonathan Davis

96. “Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, and some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it.” – Ned Vizzini

97. “People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go to bed again.” – Anonymous

98. “The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see—the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it.” – Katie McGarry

99. “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 a while before you realize it.” – Anonymous

100. “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

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101. “No one realizes how strong someone with depression has to be just to do daily stuff like shower, brush hair or get out of bed.” – Anonymous

102. “My lips say, ‘Fine, thanks,’ but my eyes tell a different story, my heart sings a different tune, and my soul just weeps.” – Anonymous

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103. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Anonymous

104. “I thought by masking the depression with silence, the feelings might disappear.” – Anonymous

105. “I am not using my depression as an excuse. Trust me, I’d give anything to function ‘normally’ on a day-to-day basis.” – Anonymous

106. “When depression takes over and I can’t push through it, I have to close my door and shut the world out. It’s the only way I know how to survive.” – Anonymous

107. “If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

108. “Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all, you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you?” – Rainer Maria Rilke

109. “I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn’t one I’ll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it’s worth it.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

110. “Whenever I have a good few months and I think I’ve gotten over the worst of my depression, it silently returns. This isn’t a battle I asked to fight. I’m tired of knowing it’s always coming back.” – Anonymous

Depression Quotes to Help You Understand Why Some People Choose to Hide Their Mental Condition

111. “I’m the type of girl who smiles to make everyone’s day. Even though I’m dying on the inside.” – Anonymous

112. “Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” – Anonymous

113. “You smile, but you wanna cry. You talk, but you wanna be quiet. You pretend like you’re happy but you aren’t.” – Anonymous

114. “What mental health needs are more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

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115. “Depression doesn’t take away your talents—it just makes them harder to find.” – Lady Gaga

116. “Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret, and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.” – Swami Sivananda

117. “The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne.” – William Styron

118. “Somehow, like so many people who get depressed, we felt our depressions were more complicated and existentially based than they actually were.” – Kay Redfield Jamison

119. “Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is a plain and simple reduction of feeling.” – Judith Guest

120. “I’m not sure if I’m depressed. I mean, I’m not sad, but I’m not exactly happy either. I can laugh and joke and smile during the day, but sometimes when I’m alone at night I forget how to feel.” – Anonymous

Did These Depression Quotes Raise Your Awareness of the Mental Condition?

Everyone faces their fair share of difficulties and stress in life. However, not everyone is capable of dealing with their issues, which is why they are depressed.

It is normal to feel down, but you should not let it defeat you. Instead, fight back and be strong, as this is just one of many challenges you’ll face. Never think you’re fighting alone; there’s always someone you can lean on.

Don’t be too hard on yourself; no one is perfect; as a human being, you will make mistakes; however, as long as you bounce back and correct your mistakes, you will be fine. Maintaining a healthy body and mind will also keep you sane enough to make sound decisions.

Problems are only temporary and are an inevitable part of life. Never allow these issues to take over your life or your happiness with your loved ones. Never give up; you’ve been a survivor since birth, so don’t waste your life being defeated.

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