D1
Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”

D2
Dwayne Johnson

“I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.”

D3
Lilly Singh

“A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.”

D4
Ginger Zee

“Depression, for me, has been a couple of different things – but the first time I felt it, I felt helpless, hopeless, and things I had never felt before. I lost myself and my will to live.”

D5
Anonymous

“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.”

D6
Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

“I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.”

D7
Anonymous

“I have depression. But I prefer to say, ‘I battle’ depression instead of ‘I suffer’ with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on.”

D8
Atticus, Love Her Wild

“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.”

D9
Matt Haig

“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.”

D10
Elizabeth Wintzel

“Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent.”

D11
Janet Fitch

“Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.”

D12
Henry Wadsworth

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

D13
Marion Cotillard

“When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental.”

D14
Elizabeth Gilbert

“Depression on my left. Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well.”

D15
Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”

D16
Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

“That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.”

D17
Anonymous

“When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people understood that.”

D18
Anonymous

“Depression is feeling like you’ve lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself.”

D19
Anonymous

“Everyday is a second chance.”

D20
Marilyn Monroe

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

D21
Anonymous

“You’re not a bad person for the ways you tried to kill your sadness.”

D22
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“I don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll just be expected to finish it.”

D23
Stephen Fry

“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.”

D24
Anonymous

“Whenever I have a good few months and I think I’ve gotten over the worst on my depression, it silently returns. This isn’t a battle I asked to fight. I’m tired of knowing it’s always coming back.”

D25
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

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

D26
Jo Nesbo

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

D27
Soren Kierkegaard

“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.”

D28
Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

“You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.”

D29
Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.”

D30
Jennifer Elisabeth

“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.”

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