Depression: 10 Quotes Which Help Us Through Tough Days

Words aren’t always the easiest things to form, yet seem to have the biggest impact on our lives. Something that someone said years ago – without forethought and by chance – and promptly forgotten, could be a sentence that the person next to them clings onto for years to come.


When we’re fighting our way through the cloud of depression, words are one of the things that help make us feel whole again, and offer up a shred of faith that this will get better. Words of wisdom. Advice. Understanding. Words that roll round and round our terrified brain and sate the fires of worry with hope. There are certain quotes which help us through the toughest of days, we wanted to share a few of our favourites with you.

1. For when you feel weak

“You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before. And that, my love, is bravery.” – Anonymous

2. For when those around you don’t understand

“Telling someone with a mental illness to ‘snap out of it’ is like telling someone who is deaf to listen harder.” – Unknown

3. For when you feel like you have to fight this alone

“Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we’, illness becomes wellness.” – Shannon L Alder

4. For when you feel like a burden on your friends

“My mind is my enemy so I need you on my side. Sometimes I even need you to fight alongside me.” – Erin Farmer-Perrine

5. For when bad thoughts have sent your mind reeling

“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” – Juliette Lewis

6. For when depression makes you feel like a failure

“You are strong for getting out of bed in the morning when it feels like hell. You are brave for doing things even though they scare you and make you anxious. You are amazing for trying and holding on, no matter how hard life gets. So I hope you’re proud of yourself. You deserve it.” – Unknown

7. For when you’re learning to sit with your feelings

“The only thing we can be certain of is change.” – Jennifer Worth

8. For when depression makes you feel like a fraud for wearing a ‘mask’

“I think the saddest people always try their best to make people happy, because they know what it feels like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” – Robin Williams

9. For when you wonder if you’re winning this battle

“One small crack does not mean you are broken. It means you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” – Linda Poindexter

10. For when all you feel you can do is survive

“You just keep living, until you feel alive again.” – Jennifer Worth

What quotes have seen you through your darkest times?

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  • Abiy

    I want to thank Steve Thomas for his wise words and friendship. But can’t log in because don’t know details 🙁

  • Lulu

    “You believed in Santa Clause for 8 years, you can believe in yourself for 10 minutes.” I’m not sure who said it. J

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  • Ian Jay

    a Neil Young lyric used to help me a lot and i had it printed out and stuck on my bedroom door…from ‘Ambulance Blues’…’An ambulance can only go so fast…It’s easy to get buried in the past…’

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  • Kirstein Rummery
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      Thank you

  • welshficwitch

    “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies within you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “And finally this question, the mystery of whose story it will be. Of who draws the curtain. Who is it that chooses our steps in the dance? Who drives us mad? Lashes us with whips and crowns us with victory when we survive the impossible? Who is it, that does all of these things?
    Who honors those we love for the very life we live? Who sends monsters to kill us, and at the same time sings that we will never die? Who teaches us what’s real and how to laugh at lies? Who decides why we live and what we’ll die to defend? Who chains us? And who holds the key that can set us free… It’s you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!” – Sweet Pea in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch… have that printed on dog tags i wear all the time, the last bit.. and want it tattooed some time! that movie opened my eyes so much!

  • Paula Glasscoe

    “Someone else’s black dog is never as heavy as your own” Reminds me that asking for help is not just adding to someone’s burden, it’s sharing the load

  • Julie Dylan Edwards

    I don’t have a quote that helps me particularly but one that i hate is ” what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger ” that one really bugs me ! i also don’t like “there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel”.

    • Gus Cairns

      As someone said the other day, “What doesn’t kill you makes you fucked-up, antisocial and weird”

    • Paul Burkhardt

      Whenever folk say “What doesn’t kill you…” my retort is “Try telling that to Stephen Hawking or how about an arm wrestling competition with some stroke victims?”

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  • Rebecca Goldsack Smith

    From my Dad:

    *in a North East accent*

    “Ah pet, right now you feel like a bag of shite tied in the middle with a piece of string….but one day, you won’t!”

    For some reason this completely nonsensical sentence, delivered with the utmost sincerity, was enough to take the edge off and give me hope! 🙂

    • Steve Thomas

      …and this is why I love Northerners 🙂

      • haha we’re pretty awesome 😉 my dad in particular is a rare breed… I mean it’s not even like that’s a northern saying, he made it up! that alone gives me reason to live…

        • Steve Thomas

          You lot certainly are 🙂 I have a few really good Northern friends and I always joke that I swear I am really more a Northerner inside despite being born a Southerner and living down south for 35 years. I’m now a Midlander and love it here. People are mostly mint up here an’ all. Don’t miss south east southern scum at all 🙂

          And please keep on living, no matter where you draw your inspiration from. As someone who struggles inherently with Depression, occasional anxiety and some deeply self-loathing / over thinking and ruminative negative thoughts with a good ole’ dollop of suicidal ideation thrown in for ‘good’ measure, I take comfort and strength from other people just like me or worse. And websites and organisations like BLURT are a literal lifeline to people like us <3

          Please feel free to send a friend request on Farcebook (that goes for anyone else on here who might be reading this) if you so feel compelled – in between detailing the darker stuff, I often bring the funny quite a bit 😉

          And if you don't? No worries. Either way, I hope you / everyone on here manages to have something resembling a not-horrible Christmas and a Happier New Year for 2017.

          'Cos this one was pretty shite for me / a lot of people to be turdly honest o_O