89 Depression Quotes – For When You Feel Alone

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Quotes Helping You Feel Like You Are Not Alone

If you are battling with mental health issues, dark days and the invisible agony of depression, these depression quotes are for you.

A 2020 U.S. study showed that an estimated 21 million people aged 18+, had at least one major depressive episode, so you are not alone.

While some of the quotes from this collection are inspirational quotes, many are sad quotes that lay out the straightforward response to the dark thoughts and bad situations you may be experiencing.

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Depression Quotes

It is our genuine hope that these inspirational depression quotes can resonate with you and provide some connection, escape, support or understanding.

But if in any way they trigger a decline in your mental health or even suicidal thoughts, please speak to family member or contact the national suicide prevention lifeline immediately.

And remember;

“Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.” 

Janet Fitch

19 Depression Quotes About Mental Pain

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

Marion Cotillard

“Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent.” 

– Elizabeth Wintzel

“I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colors and shades I knew existed.” 

― Katie McGarry

“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

“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” 

– Lemony Snicket

Depression Quotes

“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

“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

“If they tell you that she died of sleeping pills you must know that she died of a wasting grief, of a slow bleeding at the soul.” 

― Clifford Odets

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“It doesn’t get better,” I said. “The pain. The wounds scab over and you don’t always feel like a knife is slashing through you. But when you least expect it, the pain flashes to remind you you’ll never be the same.” 

― Katie McGarry

“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

“A melancholy-looking man, he had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle.” 

― P.G. Wodehouse

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“My mother, poor fish, wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a week, telling me to be happy: “Henry, smile! Why don’t you ever smile?” and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the saddest smile I ever saw” 

― Charles Bukowski

“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 heavy weight and breathe it into my lungs.

I want to nurture it, grow it, cultivate it. It’s mine. I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms and not wake up for a long, long time.”

― Stephanie Perkins

“I feel like a defective model, like I came off the assembly line flat-out fucked and my parents should have taken me back for repairs before the warranty ran out.” 

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

Depression Quotes

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

― Ned Vizzini

“Some friends don’t understand this. They don’t understand how desperate I am to have someone say, I love you and I support you just the way you are because you’re wonderful just the way you are. They don’t understand that I can’t remember anyone ever saying that to me. ”

Elizabeth Wurtzel

“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

Depression Quotes

“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

“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

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“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” 

Dodie Smith

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” 

– Richard L. Evans

“Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.” 

― Philip K. Dick

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.” 

― Victor Hugo

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong.” 

― Sally Brampton

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 

— Albus Dumbledore

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” 

— Fredrick Douglas

“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

“If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking ” 

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.” 

– Pythagoras

“I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.” 

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” 

— Saint Francis of Assisi

“Sometimes, life will kick you around, but sooner or later, you realize you’re not just a survivor. You’re a warrior, and you’re stronger than anything life throws your way.” 

– Brooke Davis

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“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

“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

“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.” 

― Jasmine Warga

16 Depression Quotes About Feeling Lost And Alone

“When you’re lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you’ve just wandered off the path, that you’ll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and it’s time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don’t even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.” 

Elizabeth Gilbert

“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

“The only journey is the journey within.” 

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“I’m fine. Well, I’m not fine – I’m here.”

“Is there something wrong with that?”


― Ned Vizzini

“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

“Depression on my left, Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well.” 

― Elizabeth Gilbert

“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

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

― Laurell K. Hamilton

Depression Quotes

“You’re fucked. You thought you were going to be someone, but now it’s obvious you’re nobody. You haven’t got as much talent as you thought you had, and there was no Plan B, and you got no skills and no education, and now you’re looking at forty or fifty years of nothing. Less than nothing, probably. That’s pretty heavy. That’s worse than having the brain thing, because what you got now will take a lot longer to kill you. You’ve got the choice of a slow, painful death, or a quick, merciful one.” 

― Nick Hornby

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

― Henry Rollins

“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.” 

― Jennifer Niven

“I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.” 

― John Keats

Depression Quotes

“I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?” 

― Laurie Halse Anderson

“Perfume was first created to mask the stench of foul and offensive odors…Spices and bold flavorings were created to mask the taste of putrid and rotting meat…What then was music created for? Was it to drown out the voices of others, or the voices within ourselves? I think I know.” 

― Emilie Autumn

 “I’ve got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts – you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn’t do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing.” 

― D.D. Barant

“I don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll just be expected to finish it.” 

― Rainbow Rowell

Depression Quotes

14 Depression Quotes To Uplift You

“You’re like a gray sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.” 

Jasmine Warga

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

― Amit Ray

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” 

Og Mandino

“It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.” 

― Nick Hornby

Depression Quotes

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”

– Clive Barker

“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.” 

– Unknown

There is a classic moment in The Sun Also Rises when someone asks Mike Campbell how he went bankrupt, and all he can say in response is, ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’ When someone asks how I love my mind, that is all I can say too”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” 

– Unknown

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” 

– John Wooden

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“At heart, I have always been a coper, I’ve mostly been able to walk around with my wounds safely hidden, and I’ve always stored up my deep depressive episodes for the weeks off when there was time to have an abbreviated version of a complete breakdown.

But in the end, I’d be able to get up and on with it, could always do what little must be done to scratch by.” 

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

"But in the end, I’d be able to get up and on with it, could always do what little must be done to scratch by.”

“It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.” 

― Stephen Fry

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” 

― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow, the million moving shapes and cul-de-sacs of shadow.

There was shadow in bureau drawers and closets and suitcases, and shadow under houses and trees and stones, and shadow at the back of people’s eyes and smiles, and shadow, miles and miles and miles of it, on the night side of the earth.” 

― Sylvia Plath

“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

16 Depression Quotes About Sadness And Anger

“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

“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

“Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.” 

― Shannon L. Alder

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“I don’t want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?” 

― Ned Vizzini

“I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.” 

― Andrew Solomon

“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

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

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“I am so demanding and difficult for my friends because I want to crumble and fall apart before them so that they will love me even though I am no fun, lying in bed, crying all the time, not moving. Depression is all about If you loved me you would.” 

– Elizabeth Wurtzel

“In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant… My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known — no wonder, then, that I return the love.” 

― Søren Kierkegaard

“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

“It is not seen as insane when a fighter, under an attack that will inevitably lead to his death, chooses to take his own life first. In fact, this act has been encouraged for centuries, and is accepted even now as an honorable reason to do the deed. How is it any different when you are under attack by your own mind?” 

― Emilie Autumn

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

― Tom Robbins

Depression Quotes
Depression Quotes

“The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it. Not ever.” 

― Nina LaCour

“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” 


“Even when I try to stir myself up, I just get irritated because I can’t make anything come out. And in the middle of the night I lie here thinking about all this. If I don’t get back on track somehow, I’m dead, that’s the sense I get. There isn’t a single strong emotion inside me.” 

― Banana Yoshimoto

8 Depression Quotes To Bring Strength

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering… “

Goldie Hawn

“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

“Surround yourself with loving, caring, happy people and get rid of the negative people that drag you down.” 

– Heather Rose

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” 

― John Keats

“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

“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.” 

― Kripalvanandji

“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

“If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill, let yourself fall ill.” 

― Jalaluddin Rumi

Depression Quotes - The Bottom Line

These are the best quotes available for depression. 

If any of the positive quotes have sparked a positive attitude, then revisiting that particular quote could be immensely powerful.

An important thing to remember is that physical health can directly reduce symptoms of depression, but of course major depression will make exercising unrealistic.  

If you feel like your depression symptoms are worseing or you have suicidal thoughts, please seek professional help ASAP.