Depression is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you think, feel, and handle daily activities.
Depression drains you of hope, energy, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. Furthermore, this condition can strike at any time, and can affect people of all races, ages, and socio-economic classes.
Here are 20 inspirational quotes that will help deal with depression:
#1 “If you want the light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” – Guy Finley, an American philosopher, self-help writer, and spiritual teacher.
#2 “We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.” – Swami Vivekananda, a world spokesperson for Vedanta and the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
#3 “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller, an American political activist, author, and lecturer.
#4 “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James, an American psychologist and philosopher.
#5 “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” – Walt Disney, an American animator, entrepreneur, and film producer.
#6 “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” – Colin Powell, a four-star general in the U.S. Army.
#7 “Life is a gift, and it offers us the opportunity, privilege, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins, an American author, businessman, and philanthropist.
#8 “Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.” – Lou Holtz, an American football coach, player, and analyst.
#9 “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden, an American basketball coach and player.
#10 “There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows slowly, endures. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland, an American poet and novelist.
#11 “Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.” – Stephen Covey, an American businessman, educator, author, and keynote speaker.
#12 “An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” – Brian Tracy, a self-development author and a motivational public speaker.
#13 “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” – Lee Iacocca, an American automobile executive.
#14 “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck, an American humorist.
#15 “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive events, thoughts, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results.” – Wade Boggs, a professional American baseballer.
#16 “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” – Sydney Harris, an American journalist.
#17 “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey, an American talk show host, media proprietor, producer, actress, and philanthropist.
#18 “When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.” – Rumi, a poet, Islamic scholar, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.
#19 “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson, an American musician, songwriter, singer, author, actor, and activist.
#20 “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit, and the choice is yours.” – Tom Hopkins, a sales legend.
#21 “Once you start down the slippery slope of depression, it’s hard to climb off of it. And sometimes you don’t want to climb off of it.” –
#22 “I find nothing more depressing than optimism.” –
#23 “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.” –
#24 “Sometimes it feels like we’re all living in a Prozac nation. The United States of Depression.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel
#25 “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.” –
#26 “Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest. It’s one bloody fray after another.” –
#27 “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.” –
#28 “All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously.” –
#29 “Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – D
#30 “Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.” –
#31 “Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent.” –
#32 “Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.”
#33 “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” –
#34 “Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It’s just too much for them.” –
#35 “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.” –
#36 “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” –
#37 “I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?” –
#38 “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
#39 “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” –
#40 “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” –