50 Depression Quotes To Get You Out Of A Rut

When depression and anxiety creep up on you, it can be hard to find motivation. Reading motivational quotes is a great way to break out of the depression or anxiety rut that you’re stuck in. This blog post includes quotes for depression and anxiety, so you’ll always have something to read when your head is down!

Quotes About Depression

Depression is like being in a dark room, knowing the way out and trying to get to that door, but it just seems too far away.

John E. Anderson

The important thing about depression is this: I can measure it against my life as a whole and see how my days are going. That is what you do in psychiatry: measure things by the general level of need for help.

William Styron

Depression used to be something folks shook off with some hard work, not so anymore.

Tammy Wynette

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Pretty soon you’re seeing things in black and white. You find yourself doing crazy things like putting your fist through a windowpane…feeling scared half to death but having no idea why.

Carl Wilson

I’m tired of being a failure! I’m sick of going nowhere! I want to be somebody before it’s too late!

Tony Manero

The blues have their place, though: they can take the top layer off your life, show you what’s underneath.

Howard Nemerov

I’m so depressed these days I even step on my shadow.

Billy Idol

Seven out of every ten Americans have expressed some point of view in this matter; slightly less than half (45 percent) feel as strongly as that about it.

Time Magazine, December 16, 1968

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

William DeFoore

If you call that love, I’ll stick to depression, thank you very much.

Jack Black and Michael Cera in Year One (2009)

The depressed person is an angry person who has been humiliated but won’t show his anger directly because he wants to win the approval of others.

Martin Seligman

You can… avoid descending into a state of demoralized dysphoria if you can find one or two good things about your circumstances that you are able genuinely to appreciate.

Jonathan Shay

Symptoms common among depressive patients: lack of energy or interest; or oversleeping; loss of appetite; irritability or restlessness; trouble concentrating, remembering details and making decisions. That’s a long list, but it could describe any person who wakes up one morning and discovers that he just doesn’t feel like getting out of bed.

Lance Morrow

If everything was going swell all the time, we’d become self-satisfied, less motivated to figure things out in new ways. This is why they’re called ‘depressed’ people: depression focuses their attention on. It increases their perception of problems and makes them more creative.

Ann Cvetkovich

Sarah, I’ve got great news! They found a cure for depression…It’s HIV!

Hairspray (2007)

What stung was hearing anyone use the word ‘depressed’ out loud to describe her. To put that label on my mother’s life.

Merve Emre

There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; and the third is that you can’t think what to do with the long winter evenings.

AC Benson

Here we go…depressed, depressed, I’m so depressed. You’re all anywhere near being as depressed as I am? Man, I feel like a truck ran over me.

Natalie Merchant

I think it is often possible to gain a new perspective on unpleasant things that have happened and this can involve grieving for aspects of the past that one has lost, acknowledging painful events – perhaps feeling some pain at the time they occurred but also seeing them as part of one’s personal history.

The Demoralization Project

I’m always angry about something because there are always bad things happening in life. But I’m not angry in a depressing way; I’m more like mad and looking for justice!

Selena Gomez

That reality show ‘Intervention’ should really be called Depressed Intervention because nobody gets better, no matter how much money people spend or tears viewers shed watching them get help.

Kevin P.

I have run into a few truly distressed folks, one guy in particular was talking so fast it was hard to get a word in but I did manage to ask him ‘What are you most depressed about?’ His answer completely surprised me (it didn’t make sense) he said ‘that I am not more depressed’.

Maria L.

That the brain is just another organ? That depression is the result of a lack of serotonin or dopamine? And that we can fix it by popping little blue pills?

Kay Redfield Jamison

The truth is sometimes hard to find. An old Cherokee told his grandson that there’s a battle between two wolves going on inside us all: one is evil and mean; the other is good. The grandson thought about it for a minute, then asked: ‘And this battle is inside me too?’


Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

Albert Einstein

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More Depression Quotes

I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.

Audrey Hepburn

Weep not that the world changes–did it keep A stable, changeless state ’twere cause indeed to weep.


You have been sheltered from love lost because of your fear of being hurt by another human being. Your soul is tired. You feel deep down that you don’t deserve a good life, so you settle for less than what your heart truly yearns for.

Brittany Gibbons

What keeps me alive and kicking is I have goals to reach and people that depend on me. Now my kids won’t ever remember their mom being sad all the time or feeling sorry for herself because they were always the reason I woke up smiling.

Kristina Dolce

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning how to dance in the rain

Vivian Greene

What if depression isn’t something you just overcome? What if is water and despair is rusting away the very best parts of you?

Esmé Weijun Wang

I never thought of myself as a depressed kid, but I was always sad. And most of my friends were always kind of sad too.

Carrie Brownstein

Life is not your own. Do not selfishly use it for your own individual pleasure and advantage, thus acquire merit towards yourself alone: live it for others who are equally in need of this life and have equal right to it with you.

Leo Tolstoy

Depression is like an ocean; we can either be overwhelmed by its waves or find sanctuary within ourselves.

Sia Amma

There’s nothing more reassuring than realizing that, in the end, all emotions are temporary.

Terri Guillemets

Don’t be desperate to always feel happy; allow yourself to be sad, annoyed or emotionally exhausted for a while and you’ll soon see that this will help you become a more balanced person.

Tanya Aldred

You’re not alone: 1 in 5 people suffer from a mental illness at any given time. That means if you’re sitting in a classroom of 20 people, 4 of them are struggling silently with issues as serious as yours.


The only thing I know about depression is that it’s bloody awful.

Douglas Coupland

Depression is not a sign of weakness. It’s a matter of being strong enough to admit you need help.


I want to experience everything…even the pain. I’m tired of trying to protect myself all the time.

Glennon Doyle Melton

No one will find true happiness until they become successful in their search for inner peace!

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Depression is not ‘like me’.

Madonna King

Be happy now, this moment is your life.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Being truly autonomous means not worrying what anyone else thinks about you or how you feel at any given moment; it’s unapologetically being yourself no matter what.

Sia Amma

I’m not sad anymore, I’m just blue.

Charles M Schulz

People ask ‘what’s wrong?’ when everything is okay; it makes me laugh lately…because nothing is ever wrong…not really anyway.

Brittany Gibbons

When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.

Mark Nepo

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.

Helen Keller

No amount of self-hatred can solve the problem we are facing, because the cause of our depression is not within ourselves; it’s in the way we think and feel about things.

Thubten Chodron

Keeping your sadness inside you means keeping it alive forever. Just like a dark room. Only when light enters can darkness evaporate.

Claudia Mieux

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Depression is a serious and common mental illness that can affect anyone. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability in 2020.


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