45+ Inspirational Quotes for Depression to Wake up to Today

45+ Inspirational Quotes for Depression to Wake up to Today

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Last Updated on September 20, 2021 by Mileva Stankovic

We live in a world where almost everything is at our reach. People can talk and see each other at any moment and any information travels around the globe with the speed of light. Still, depression is a common state for many. And while some believe that it can be cured with jumping rope or listening to music, those who experienced the dark cloud around their mind claim differently.

Even though science proved that physical activity can minimize depression and those who meditate claim some meditation practices can help as well, people still struggle. We know it takes a lot of energy to try and blow away that cloud. We understand what it’s like to feel as if there’s a burden on your shoulders that grows as soon as you notice that you didn’t clean the house for a few days.

That’s why today we will do our best to help the Sun shine through the dark, even with the tiniest of rays. While you lay in your bed, read these inspirational quotes on depression and try to find at least one to hold on to this morning. These inspirational quotes for depression are not here to try to solve your problems. They’re here to tell you that for a moment, your life can have meaning.

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Inspirational Quotes for Depression to Help You Get Up

These inspirational quotes for depression are supposed to help you realize that you can try to get up today. If you’re struggling to reach to your friends or a doctor, start your day by reading inspirational quotes for depression.

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”

—Richard L. Evans

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”

—John Green

“Sometimes, life will kick you around, but sooner or later, you realize you’re not just a survivor. You’re a warrior, and you’re stronger than anything life throws your way.”

Brooke Davis

“In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”

—Albert Camus

“Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness, and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.”

Goldie Hawn

“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

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”

Clive Barker

“Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all, you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going. Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.”

Julia Cameron

“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
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“Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!”

Dita Von Teese

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear 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

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”

Victor Hugo

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”

Doe Zantamata

“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

“It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them, I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.”

Stephen Fry

“When you’re lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you’ve just wandered off the path, that you’ll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and it’s time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don’t even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“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

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”

—Jacques Prevert

Inspirational Quotes for Depression and Anxiety

Depression often comes with anxiety. However, inspirational quotes for depression and anxiety are here to boost your mood. Remember to work with your therapist and find the right method that works for you.

“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.”

Matt Lucas

“A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.”

Joyce Meyer

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

Amit Ray

“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

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

Lao Tzu

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”  

T.S. Eliot

“Everything you have ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear.”

George Addair

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”

Eckhart Tolle

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”


“Don’t settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.”

Chris Brogan

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us.”

Nicole Reed

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

Mary Engelbreit

“For fast acting relief, try slowing down.”  

Lily Tomlin

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Henry S. Haskins

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”


“Life is not a dress rehearsal. Everyday, you should have at least one exquisite moment.”

Sally Karioth

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.

— Pema Chodron

Inspirational Quotes for Depression Recovery

If you have doubts about depression recovery, check out these inspirational quotes. Even though recover can last, you have access to doctors and medication that can help you make progress. Keep in mind that these inspirational quotes for depression should serve as a helping tool. Your prescribed mediation and proper therapy can help you beat your depression and should be the primary methods to fight.

“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.”

Steve Goodier

“If you’re going through hell keep going.” 

Winston Churchill

“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”

Andrew Solomon

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” 

Steve Maraboli

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”

Viktor E. Frankl

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

“I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason, every event has a why and all adversity teaches us a lesson… Never regret your past. Accept it as the teacher that it is.”

Robin Sharma

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Michael Jordan
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“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

Margaret Thatcher

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”

Christopher Reeve

“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”

Napoleon Hill

“The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself.”

Deepak Chopra

“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

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

Kenji Miyazawa

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

Sigmund Freud

“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world.”

Albert Camus

“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”

Frida Kahlo

Inspirational Quotes for Depression – Summary

As we already said, inspirational quotes for depression are here to serve you as a gentle reminder that your mental health can improve. Know that nothing lasts forever and you have what it takes to beat depression. Make sure to come back to these inspirational quotes for depression once you feel better as well, to remember to keep up the fight.

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