125 Sad Quotes about Depression, and Anxiety

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Depression can be a challenging and isolating experience, affecting millions worldwide. It can feel like a never-ending cycle of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness that takes a toll on one’s mental and emotional health. When you’re in the depths of depression, it can be hard to put your thoughts and feelings into words. That’s where sad quotes about depression can help.

Sad quotes about depression can motivate you to come out of depression, anxiety, or loneliness. These quotes can also offer hope and inspiration to those seeking ways to cope with depression and improve their mental health.

This article will explore some of the most potent and poignant quotes about depression. Whether you’re struggling with depression or know someone who is, these quotes can serve as a source of comfort and encouragement on the journey toward healing.

Sad quotes about depression

Below are the top quotes about depression, said by famous authors and personalities.

1. “All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.” — Robin Williams

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2. “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, Author

3. “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

4. “People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is a constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again.”

5. “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” ― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

6. “It’s my mission to share this with the world and to let them know that there is life on the other side of those dark times that seem so hopeless and helpless. I want to show the world that there is life — surprising, wonderful, and unexpected life after diagnosis.” — Demi Lovato ​

7. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” —Lao Tzu, philosopher

8. “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.” ― Shaun David Hutchinson

9. “Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.”

10. “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

11. “I disliked myself so intensely. It was just a mindset. I didn’t know how to love myself. I didn’t know how to love anybody.” — Anne Hathaway

12. “Depression is like a war—you either win or die trying.” —Anonymous

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

14. “Depression has nothing to do with having a bad day or being sad.”

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

16. “I tend to get pretty depressed and I have some issues with anxiety and things like that … For me, it’s more psychological. Exercise is a means of expelling those demons.” — Ryan Reynolds

17. “Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” —Susan Polis Schutz, poet

18. “I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.” —Sophie Turner

 19. “My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?” — Kerry Washington

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20. “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

21. “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, The Marriage Plot

22. “Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” ― Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor

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23. “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.” ― Shaun David Hutchinson, We Are the Ants

24. “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

25. “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, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

26. “Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

27. “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, The Gifts of Imperfection

28. “You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.” ― Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

29. “And I knew it was bad when I woke up in the mornings and the only thing I looked forward to was going back to bed.”

30. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

31. “Depression doesn’t take away your talents—it just makes them harder to find.” — Lady Gaga

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32. “Depression is a flaw in chemistry, not character.”

33. “Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die.”

34. “During depression, the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. Nothing can be risked on the board of talk. Because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?”

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

36. “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.”

37. “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.”

38. “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.”

39. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.” — Prince Harry

40. “It’s a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on.”

41. “It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there because it’s not sadness.”

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42. “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

43. “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

44. “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”

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45. “Saying “I’m tired” when you’re actually sad.”

46. “Sometimes I get so sad. So sad that I completely shut down. I stare blankly at the wall and it doesn’t matter what you say to me. Because at that moment. I don’t exist.”

47. “Sometimes, what a person needs is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.”

48. “The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.”

49. “They flank me – depression on my left, loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show their badges. I know these guys very well.”

50. “When you are happy, you enjoy the music. but when you are sad, you understand the lyrics.”

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51. “Almost everyone is overconfident—except the people who are depressed, and they tend to be realists.” ―Joseph T. Hallinan

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52. “And something inside me just…broke…That’s the only way I could describe it.”

53. “Depression doesn’t take away your talents—it just makes them harder to find.” —Lady Gaga

54. “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 a while before you realize it.”

55. “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

56. “Depression isn’t just being a bit sad. It’s feeling nothing. It’s not wanting to be alive anymore.”

57. “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

58. “Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” —Susan Polis Schutz

59. “I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it.

60. “I am terrified by this dark thing that sleeps in me; All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.” ― Sylvia Plath, Ariel

61. “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

61. “I need one of those long hugs where you kinda forget whatever else is happening around you for a minute.” — Marilyn Monroe

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62. “I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.” —Sophie Turner

63. “I wanted to talk about it. Damn it. I wanted to scream. I wanted to yell. I wanted to shout about it. But all I could was whisper “I’m fine.”

64. “I was so scared to give up depression, fearing that somehow the worst part of me was actually all of me. ” —Elizabeth Wurtzel

65. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” —Lao Tzu

66. “If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.”― Tamara Ireland Stone, Every Last Word

67. “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.” —Stephen Fry

68. “It all starts with not wanting to get out of bed, that’s how you know you’re getting bad again.”

69. “It felt like this was never going to end. The world wasn’t going to stop crashing down until there was nothing left of me but dust.”

70. “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

71. “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, writer

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72. “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

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

74. “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”― Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

75. “One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.”― Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

76. “Please try not to judge how someone is dealing with a pain you have never experienced.”

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77. “Rain makes me feel less alone. All rain is, is a cloud- falling apart, and pouring its shattered pieces down on top of you. It makes me feel good to know I’m not the only thing that falls apart . It makes me feel better to know other things in nature can shatter.”― Lone Alaskan Gypsy

78. “Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”

79. “Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

80. “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

81. “There comes a point where you no longer care if there’s a light at the end of the tunnel or not. You’re just sick of the tunnel.”

82. “To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, and depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did. It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.” —Lena Dunham

83. “When depression takes over and I can’t push through it, I have to close my door and shut the world out. It’s the only way I know how to survive.”

84. “You don’t understand depression until you can’t stand your own presence in an empty room.”

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85. “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. you will be able to Barant, Dying Bitesfor

86. Depression is not only sadness, but sadness is a part of living with depression. These saddest depression quotes express the emotion eloquently.

87. “Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.” ― Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl


I hope the above quotes will help you overcome your depression and live a happy life.

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