Over the years, I’ve come across many quotes and sayings about anxiety and depression which, in a way, shaped my perspective.
And every time I found something which was truly inspiring and insightful, I would put it in my personal journal to read it whenever I felt like I couldn’t cope with my worries.
Here are the 30 anxiety and depression quotes that have inspired my personal journey:
Quote 1: “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” – Søren Kierkegaard
Quote 2: “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
Quote 3: “Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.” – Janet Fitch
Quote 4: “Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.” – Plato
Quote 5: “Dealing with depression effectively is a mark not of weakness, but of strength.” – Andrew Solomon
Quote 6: “Therapy is not to ‘talk about’ things, but to change the person’s life, and to relieve suffering, such as depression, anxiety, or relationship problems.” – David D. Burns
Quote 7: “Depression taught me the importance of compassion and hard work, and that you can overcome enormous obstacles.” – Rob Delaney
Quote 8: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Steven Hayes.
Quote 9: “Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.” – Karen Horney
Quote 10: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
Quote 11: “Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.” – Chuck Palahniuk
Quote 12: “One of the things psychologists used to say was that if you are depressed, anxious or angry, you couldn’t be happy. Those were at opposite ends of a continuum. I believe that you can be suffering or have a mental illness and be happy – just not in the same moment that you’re sad.” – Martin Seligman
Quote 13: “I’ve had some dark nights of the soul, of course, but giving in to depression would be a sellout, a defeat.” – Christopher Hitchens
Quote 14: “Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.” – Epictetus
Quote 15: “A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.” – Lilly Singh
Quote 16: “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” – Jodi Picoult
Quote 17: “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 keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” – Grenville Kleiser
Quote 18: “If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” – Brené Brown
Quote 19: “Depression is the inability to construct a future.” – Rollo May
Quote 20: “Depression isn’t about, ‘Woe is me, my life is this, that and the other’, it’s like having the worst flu all day that you just can’t kick.” – Robbie Williams
Quote 21: “We expect well-informed treatment for cancer or heart disease; it matters no less for depression.” – Kay Redfield Jamison
Quote 22: “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie
Quote 23: “Depression is so exhausting – it takes up so much of your time and energy – and silence about it, it really does make the depression worse.” – Andrew Solomon
Quote 24: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” – Walter Hagen
Quote 25: “When I’m not working on something, I seem to go through periods of depression. It helps to keep busy.” – Gene Wilder
Quote 26: “As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.” – Julius Caesar
Quote 27: “Anger is energising. The opposite of anger is depression, which is anger turned inward.” – Gloria Steinem
Quote 28: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” – John Lubbock
Quote 29: “Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm.” – Murray Gell-Mann
Quote 30: “Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.” – Jeanette Winterson
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