I don’t quite understand the power of words. How can someone arrange them in such a way that to read them leaves you inspired and uplifted?

Depression is a creepy, sneaking monster that lives caged within us, just waiting for a moment of weakness until it pounces and tries to devour us.

But like the stories and the movies show us: all monsters have a weakness and, for your monster, it could be something as simple as an inspirational quote to get you on the road to defeat it.

If you, a friend or a member of your family suffers from depression, then read and share this list of 50 Inspirational Quotes For Depression Sufferers and see if it doesn’t offer inspiration and motivation:

  1. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~ Helen Keller

  2. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” ~ Joyce Meyer

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

  4. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

  5. “Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  6. “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 keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” ~ Greenville Kleisser

  7. “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” ~Tenzin Gyatso

  8. “Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” ~ James R. Cook

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

  10. “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” ~ Winston Churchill

  11. “Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past.” ~ Brian Tracey

  12. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” ~ Napoleon Hill

  13. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

  14. “Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

  15. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstein

  16. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” ~ Robert Schuller

  17. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Confucius.

  18. “Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” ~ Unknown

  19. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

  20. “Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.” ~ Dorothy Rowe

  21. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can change his life by changing his attitude of mind.” ~ William James

  22. “Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.” ~ Nikola Tesla

  23. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

  24. “The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” ~ Morris Mandel

  25. “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein

  26. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales

  27. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

  28. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela

  29. “We learn from failure, not from success.” ~ Bram Stoker

  30. “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

  31. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” ~ Wayne Dyer

  32. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”~ Zig Ziglar

  33. “Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world: making the most of one’s best.” ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

  34. “Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” ~ George S. Patton

  35. “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” ~ Dodie Smith

  36. “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

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

  38. “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” ~ Hippocrates

  39. “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.” ~ Unknown

  40. “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.” ~ Agatha Christie

  41. “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” ~ Chinese proverb

  42. “Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have.” ~ Unknown

  43. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas Edison

  44. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden

  45. “At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself: What is really important? Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer.” ~ Lee Jampolsky

  46. “You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.” ~Rumi

  47. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” ~ Unknown

  48. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

  49. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  50. “It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.” ~ Black Elk

So, they were my top 50 Inspirational Quotes For Depression Sufferers. Some of them really resonate well with me and have helped me through my low times, and I hope that it helps you in some way, too.

Depression is invisible, not something you will always recognise in others or yourself, but it is not invincible. I hope you come away from this article with a new lease of life and uplifted spirits. I also hope that it helps you to realise that depression is merely one of life’s hurdles: accept the challenge, fight and fight until you win and get ready for your next mission. Life is an adventure game that you can win.

The thing I hope most that you take away from this list of 50 Inspirational Quotes For Depression Sufferers is to keep motivated, talk about it and – most important of all – to help others.

The nicest people are usually the ones who have suffered the most. We need you.

If you want to make a difference to someone’s life and brighten their day, please share these 50 Inspirational Quotes For Depression Sufferers. The difference it could make, if only to one person, is absolutely worth it.

Elisabeth Ward-Harris,

Daily Zen.

Author Bio – Elisabeth Ward-Harris is a fantasy writer living on a farm in rural Spain. Working on her debut novel, she spends most of her time writing or with her son up on the farm.


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