133 Quotes on Depression By Famous People

quotes on depression by famous people

Depression is one of the mental diseases observed in all ages. How does it feel to be depressed, is something only those who have under gone it would understand.

Here’s a collection 133 depression quotes that are by famous people. It’s a combination of realistic and motivational quotes on depression.

All that I can pray if you are going through depression is that you get more strength and recover from sadness and loneliness that you may be going through.

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Depression Quotes

1. Depression is rage spread thin. – George Santayana

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2. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. – Steven Wright

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3. When you’ve got nowhere to turn, turn on the gas. – Truman Capote

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4. Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind. – James Hillman

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5. I drink to stay warm, and to kill selected memories. – Conor Oberst

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6. Depression is something that makes you lose your sight. – Michael Schenker

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7. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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8. I can certainly see how people are overcome by depression. – Stuart Appleby

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9. In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression. – Elizabeth Wurtzel

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10. Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression. – Karen Horney

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

12. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. – William Styron

13. Depression, as far as I’m concerned, is just a waste of time. – Helen Reddy

14. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen

15. Coming down off crack is like the worst depression. The worst. – Ray Brown

16. Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one’s taking. – Douglas Coupland

17. I think if there’s a great depression there might be some hope. – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

18. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C. S. Lewis

19. We all know pain doesn’t exist without some coexisting depression. – Jerry Hall

20. The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop. – Eric Hoffer

21. Depression is melancholy minus its charms – the animation, the fits. – Susan Sontag

22. Depression is nourished by a lifetime of ungrieved and unforgiven hurts. – Penelope Sweet

23. Depression is a treatable medical illness like cancer and heart disease. – Judith Peacock

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

25. I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep. – Ursula K. Le Guin

26. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton

27. No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. – Charles Dickens

28. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

29. Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself. – Nathaniel Branden

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

31. Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. – Ronald Reagan

32. I’m the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him. – Herbert Hoover

33. Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

34. The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence. – Sylvia Plath

35. Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer. – Dorothy Rowe

36. You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. – Dan Millman

37. I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top. – John Keats

38. I am very depressed and deeply disgusted with painting. It is really a continual torture. – Claude Monet

39. Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm. – Murray Gell-Mann

40. Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence. – Jeanette Winterson

41. Just like other illnesses, depression can be treated so that people can live happy, active lives. – Tom Bosley

42. 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

43. Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. – Judith Guest

44. When we’re unemployed, we’re called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it’s called a depression. – Jesse Jackson

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

46. No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. – Maya Angelou

47. Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi

48. It was a lack of system that made the ’30s Depression as inevitable as all others previously suffered. – Carroll O’Connor

49. When your past shows up to haunt you, make sure it comes after supper so it doesn’t ruin your whole day. – Jay Wickre

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

51. Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance. – Andrew Solomon

52. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

53. Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives. – Chuck Palahniuk

54. Insanity is knowing that what you’re doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can’t stop it. – Elizabeth Wurtzel

55. No, life ain’t always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride. – Gary Allan

56. 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

57. The artist’s personality, built upon strong desires and compassionate vision, is by its nature prone to depression. – Eric Maisel

58. 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

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59. Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem. – David D. Burns

60. So you try to think of someone else you’re mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain: everyone. – Ellen Hopkins

61. 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

62. I, I don’t think anybody’s continually happy, uh, except idiots, you know. You know, you have to have little moments of depression. – Rube Goldberg

63. If I didn’t try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time. – Lynda Barry

64. Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction, it is a functioning phenomenon. It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable. – James Hillman

65. I’ve had this problem since I was in my 20s. They don’t call it manic depression anymore. They call it a bipolar disorder, and I’m a Type 2? – Ned Beatty

66. If we can boondoggle ourselves out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

67. When I am attached by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. – Michel de Montaigne

68. 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. – Sivananda

69. Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning. – Johan Huizinga

70. If you suffer from depression, anything that makes you feel has to the most important thing in your life, because it’s the only thing that can save you. – Siobhan Fahey

71. Unemployment is sky-rocketing; deflation is in our future for the first time since the Great Depression. I don’t care whose fault it is, it’s the truth. – John Mellencamp

72. The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape. – Leonard Cohen

73. 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. – Jeffrey Eugenides

74. 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. – Jeffrey Eugenides

75. Well over fifty years ago I was making radio loudspeakers and radio sets in Rochester, New York; pretty young and inexperienced; but we survived the depression. – Stuart Symington

76. 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. – Andrew Solomon

77. I’m currently in the middle of a depression. I couldn’t really tell you what set it off, but I think it stems from my cowardice, which confronts me at every turn. – Anne Frank

78. Living with depression is like trying to keep your balance while you dance with a goat — it is perfectly sane to prefer a partner with a better sense of balance. – Andrew Solomon

79. because wherever I sat—on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok—I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air. – Sylvia Plath

80. Sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands. – May Sarton

81. May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit. Though the world knows me not, may my thoughts and actions be such as will keep me friendly with myself. – Max Ehrmann

82. 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

83. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller

84. Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling…People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile. – Judith Guest

85. Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly. – Richard Bach

86. Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. – C. S. Lewis

87. The most striking development of the great depression of 1929 is a profound skepticism of the future of contemporary society among large sections of the American people. – C. L. R. James

88. I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that. – J. K. Rowling

89. But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on. No one had any measure of its progress; no one had any plan for stopping it. Everyone tried to get out of its way. – Frances Perkins

90. 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. – Soren Kierkegaard

91. 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

92. Once a depressed person becomes active and hopeful, self-esteem always improves. Bolstering self-esteem without changing hopelessness, without changing passivity, accomplishes nothing. – Martin Seligman

93. I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. – Agatha Christie

94. 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

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95. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. – George Bernard Shaw

96. If I had not been already been meditating, I would certainly have had to start. I’ve treated my own depression for many years with exercise and meditation, and I’ve found that to be a tremendous help. – Judy Collins

97. All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. – Walt Disney

98. 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

99. 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

100. No amount of love can cure madness or unblacken one’s dark moods. Love can help, it can make the pain more tolerable, but, always, one is beholden to medication that may or may not always work and may or may not be bearable. – Redfield Jamison

101. 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

102. 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

103. We had a booming stock market in 1929 and then went into the world’s greatest depression. We have a booming stock market in 1999. Will the bubble somehow burst, and then we enter depression? Well, some things are not different. – Jeffrey Sachs

104. We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression. – Chuck Palahniuk

105. If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. – Fred Rogers

106. I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so little of myself, felt that I had such scant offerings to give to the world, that the one thing that justified my existence at all was my agony. – Elizabeth Wurtzel

107. 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

108. 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

109. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. – Dale Carnegie

110. 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

111. Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up. – Steve Maraboli

112. Depression exist without you knowing it, even denying it. It is not an illusion. You don’t even know you’re in it. It takes awhile before you realize it. If you deny it, it means your still in there or else you won’t talk about your misery and the dramas in your life. – Ann Marie Aguilar

113. Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. – Brené Brown

114. Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. – Edgar Allan Poe

115. In depression faith in deliverance, in ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come – – not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute . . . It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. – William Styron

116. Poor human nature cannot bear such strains as heavenly triumphs bring to it; there must come a reaction. Excess of joy or excitement must be paid for by subsequent depressions. While the trial lasts, the strength is equal to the emergency; but when it is over, natural weakness claims the right to show itself. – Charles Spurgeon

117. Through the healing process of time-and through medical intervention or hospitalization in many cases-most people survive depression which may be its only blessing; but to the tragic legion who are compelled to destroy themselves there should be no more reproof attached than to the victims of terminal cancer. – William Styron

118. I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. – Elizabeth Gilbert

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119. I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead. – Margaret Atwood

120. 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

121. 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 lunges. 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

122. 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

123. The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, “Why?” and sometimes he thought, “Wherefore?” and sometimes he thought, “Inasmuch as which?” and sometimes he didn’t quite know what he was thinking about. – A. A. Milne

124. 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

125. In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement. – Abraham Lincoln

126. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it, will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement. – Abraham Lincoln

127. Depression – that limp word for the storm of black panic and half-demented malfunction – had over the years worked itself out in Charlotte’s life in a curious pattern. Its onset was often imperceptible: like an assiduous housekeeper locking up a rambling mansion, it noiselessly went about and turned off, one by one, the mind’s thousand small accesses to pleasure. – Sebastian Faulks

128. Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re ‘not at all like yourself but will be soon,’ but you know you won’t. – Kay Redfield Jamison

129. 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

130. I have studiously tried to avoid ever using the word ‘madness’ to describe my condition. Now and again, the word slips out, but I hate it. ‘Madness’ is too glamorous a term to convey what happens to most people who are losing their minds. That word is too exciting, too literary, too interesting in its connotations, to convey the boredom, the slowness, the dreariness, the dampness of depression. – Elizabeth Wurtzel

131. I never asked you to earn me. I want only that you should need me. Your path is not one of merit. Bring the recurring desires of your mind to me, every time they emerge. They cannot shock me, for I willed them! Bring me your confusion, your fear, your craving, your anxiety, your inability to love the world, your hesitation to serve, your jealousy, all the deficiencies that defy your spiritual disciplines. – Sathya Sai Baba

132. 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 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

133. It is difficult to put into words what I suffered-the longing that seemed to be tearing my heart out by the roots, the dreadful sense of being alone in an empty universe, the agonies that thrilled through me as if the blood were running ice-cold through my veins, the disgust with living, the impossibility of dying. Shakespeare himself never described this torture; but he counts it, in Hamlet, among the terrible of all the evils of existence. I had stopped composing; my mind seemed to become feebler as my feelings grew more intense. I did nothing. One power was left to me-to suffer. – Hector Berlioz

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