30 Depression Quotes Capturing the Immensity of Your Struggles

Depression is an illness. There are so many misconceptions as to what depression is. Unfortunately, the most common of them questions the existence of the condition itself.

But depression is not weakness of character. It’s neither self-pity nor laziness. It is a complex mental disorder affecting brain chemistry, structure, and function. It doesn’t only affect people in bad situations, even those who are doing well in life can also suffer from it.

Even more so, depression changes how one thinks and feels. It causes unexplained periods of despair and hopelessness making daily tasks seem impossible to fulfill. Here are 30 depression quotes that capture the struggles of living with depression.

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Depression Quotes

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. – Hermann Hesse

When you have depression simply existing is a full time job.

The deepest fear we have, ‘the fear beneath all fears,’ is the fear of not measuring up, the fear of judgment. It’s this fear that creates the stress and depression of everyday life. – Tullian Tchividjian

depression fear quotes

Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful. – Giles Andreae

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

depression wounds quotes

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

There’s nothing more depressing than having it all and still feeling sad.

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

depression soul quotes

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

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

It seemed silly to wash one day when I would only have to wash again the next. It made me tired just to think of it. – Sylvia Plath

depression tired quotes

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. – Grenville Kleiser

It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling. – J.K. Rowling

You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be. – Jasmine Warga

depression sky quotes

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

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

There was just a part of me that just wanted to lie back in my bed, close my eyes, and find myself waking up to another chance.

depression chance quotes

Get away from the place that makes you feel comfortable with your depression. The reality is it’s never as bad as the insanity you’ve created in your head. – Ben Huh

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 broken will always be able to love harder than most because once you’ve been in the dark, you learn to appreciate everything that shines.

depression love quotes

And sometimes it hits me out of nowhere. All of a sudden this overwhelming sadness rushes over me. And I get discouraged and I get upset and I feel hopeless, sad and hurt. And once again, I feel numb to the world.

Behind this innocent smile of mine lay words left unsaid. Words of longing, love, anger, and hate, all repeated inside my head.

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

depression resilience quotes

Every thought is a battle. Every breath is a war, and I don’t think I’m winning anymore.

I tell people I’m tired but in fact I’m depressed. I tell people I’ll be fine tomorrow, but I know, tomorrow will be worse. I tell lies everyday and I know, I’ll not be able to stop it by myself.

Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living. – Jo Nesbo

depression losing quotes

I wish I could go back to a time when I could smile and it didn’t take everything in me to do it.

I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colours and shades I knew existed. – Katie McGarry

depression world quotes

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. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the otherside. 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

I am tired of getting up every time I fall and trying to fight the fight I will never be able to win.

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