30 Depression Quotes To Tell Your Feelings Into words

30 Depression Quotes To Tell Your Feelings Into words

Last updated on January 2nd, 2024 at 11:36 am

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people of all ages worldwide suffer from depression. This common illness occurs due to various challenges in everyday life, such as poverty, heartbreak, certain medications, and more. Statistically, depression is one of the leading causes of suicide in many countries across the world. If you are battling depression, these depression quotes can help you express yourself better, given that most people who haven’t experienced depression struggle to understand the severity of this condition. 

One of the hardest things to do is to explain depression to someone who has never experienced it. But thanks to these quotes about depression, it is much easier to express yourself without uttering a word. These quotes invite readers into your mind, allowing them to understand what you are going through internally. Without further ado, here’s a compilation of 30 of the best depression and anxiety quotes to transform your feelings into words.

Depression Quotes

“It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. It’s that cold absence of feeling— that really hollowed-out feeling.”

J.K. Rowling

“What they don’t tell you about depression is that sometimes it feels a lot less like sadness and a lot more like the emotional equivalent of watching paint dry.”


“I’ll be okay just not today and probably not tomorrow.”


“I really want to talk to someone about my thoughts and feelings but I can’t.”


“Behind my smile is a hurting heart, behind my laugh I’m falling apart. Look closely at me and you will see, the girl I am, it isn’t me.”


“The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not.”

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

Elizabeth Gilbert

“I wish you could hear all the words I’m too afraid to say.”


“I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull your own self out of a dark place mentally. So if you’ve done that today or any day I’m proud of you.”


“I hate seeing everything blooming around me while I’m here still withering into nothingness, I feel like I’m already dead so what difference would it make.”


“Depression is the inability to construct a future.”

Rollo May

“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.”

“The feeling when someone asks you if you’re okay and just want to cry every little thing in your life because everything you but everything you say is just: ‘I’m fine’.”


“Listen closely to the songs I play because the lyrics speak the words I fail to say.”


“I think the reason why I get upset so quickly is that I would never do the things people do to hurt me, to hurt them.”


“I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.”


“There are some things about myself I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all.”


“Depression isn’t just being a bit sad. It’s feeling nothing. It’s not wanting to be alive anymore.”

“Depression isn’t a choice, but stigma and ignorance are.”

Matt Haig

“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.”


“People who have never dealt with depression think it’s just being sad or being in a bad mood. That’s not what depression is for me; it’s falling into a state of grayness and numbness.”

Dan Reynolds

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

Lilly Singh

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

Elizabeth Wintzel

“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” — Atticus, Love Her Wild

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

Marion Cotillard

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

Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.”

Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor

“Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest. It’s one bloody fray after another.”

Shaun David Hutchinson, We Are the Ants

“Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there, though.”

Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

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

Individuals struggling with depression tend to keep to themselves. This happens mainly because society can be quite judgmental of such people. If you are battling depression, remember you are not alone. TurtleQuote has a compilation of inspirational and motivational quotes to help uplift your spirit and make you feel a little bit better.

If you liked reading our selection of 30 Depression Quotes, then perhaps you would also enjoy Top 30 Anger Quotes To Help You Keep a Cool Head.

Ajit Pandey graduated in Electronics & Communications Engineering and really loves being a good leader. When he's not doing tech stuff, he enjoys hanging out at swimming pools and going on hiking trails. Ajit writes cool articles and quotes about lots of different things he's into, giving you smart and inspiring ideas. Check out what he says for a cool view on both tech and life's adventures.

4 thoughts on “30 Depression Quotes To Tell Your Feelings Into words

  1. These posts made me think of Pearl Jam’s song “Black.” It’s not about depression, but it is about loss. At the end he talks of the children’s laughter and there’s a woman’s voice happily singing as he’s crying out in anguish. I’ve never been severely depressed but I can imagine the gap between how you’re feeling and how the rest of the world is going on like life’s a party, would be a hard thing to deal with. I sympathize with anyone going through depression right now.

  2. There were some great quotes there. I struggled with depression for years, so some of them really resonated with me, especially “When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people understood that.”
    Depression is not a condition or state anybody chooses. If we could just “snap out of it,” we would.

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