25 Quotes To Help You Overcome Depression

Whether you are struggling with mild or chronic depression, inspiring words can help you overcome your depressive state in such a way that medicine cannot. Here are 25 inspiring quotes that will help you remember what’s important in life and will help you find hope to hold onto when everything else seems lost.

  1. “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
  2. “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” — Christopher Reeve
  3. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” — Saint Francis de Sales
  4. “A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” — Stephan Hoeller
  5. “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 keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” — Greenville Kleisser
  6. “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
  7. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” — Joyce Meyer
  8. “What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think.” — Dr. Patrick Gentempo
  9. “Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  10. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia
  11. “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
  12. “Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.” — Meister Eckhart
  13. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” — Richard Bach
  14. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. “Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” — Matt Lucas
  16. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” — Unknown
  17. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
  18. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  19. “Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” — Madeleine L’Engle
  20. “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen
  21. “It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.” — Black Elk
  22. “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” — C. S. Lewis
  23. “You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without want and a grief. But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.” — Khalil Gibran
  24. “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” — Tenzin Gyatso
  25. “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
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