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Depression

  • Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.

  • Life's bare as bone.

  • I am tired of keeping myself up in the water without corks, and without strength to swim. I should like to go to sleep, and be born again.

  • ... in a way it doesn't matter whether you open doors or close them, you still end up in a box.

  • ... sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands.

  • I was much too far out all my life / And not waving but drowning.

  • Depression is melancholy minus its charms — the animation, the fits.

  • There is this difference between depression and sorrow — sorrowful, you are in great trouble because something matters so much; depressed, you are miserable because nothing really matters.

  • ... true depression is a terribly real thing. Some of the noblest men and women in the world have been prone to it ... They may have no reason for feeling more unhappy at that particular period than at any other. Their worldly circumstances may be just what they have been for a long time past, and perfectly satisfactory. But there suddenly closes down on them a fog of the mind which exaggerates and distorts everything ...

  • Depression is boring, I think, / and I would do better to make / some soup and light up the cave.

    • Anne Sexton,
    • "The Fury of Rain Storms," The Death Notebooks ()
  • It often happens that those who spend their time giving light to others, remain in darkness themselves.

    • Mother Teresa,
    • in Brian Kolodiejchuk, ed., Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light ()
  • For days on end, I would hardly speak, and when I did only the vilest sort of gibberish would spout forth. I became morose and fat. Unapproachable, except when eating — and then only by waiters.

  • The true opposite of depression is not gaiety or absence of pain, but vitality: the freedom to experience spontaneous feelings.

  • Ah, but depression — that is what we all hate. We the afflicted. Whereas the relatives and shrinks, the tribal ring, they rather welcome it: you are quiet and you suffer.

  • I don't want to die. But I want to be dead.

    • Jean Ingelow,
    • in Anonymous, Some Recollections of Jean Ingelow and Her Early Friends ()
  • Depression was a very active state really. Even if you appeared to an observer to be immobilized, your mind was in a frenzy of paralysis. You were unable to function, but were actively despising yourself for it.

  • Depression is always in the details.

  • Sadness is more or less like a head cold — with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.

  • Depression is a very sensible reaction to just about everything we live in now.

    • Chrystos,
    • "Perhaps," in Christian McEwen and Sue O'Sullivan, eds., Out the Other Side ()
  • Depression sits on my chest like a sumo wrestler.

  • Like many people in personal turmoil, she rose late, didn't dress other than to cloak herself in her dressing gown, and she fell asleep easily throughout the day.

  • Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. ... You're frightened, and you're frightening, and you're 'not at all like yourself but will be soon,' but you know you won't.

  • Cecily was not likely to be cheerful, and Cecily depressed had the art of clawing all the emotional stuffing out of people.

  • I am profoundly in the D's — discouraged, depressed, disheartened, disgusted.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1930, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson ()
  • If you feel depressed you shouldn't go out on the street because it will show on your face and you'll give it to others. Misery is a communicable disease.

    • Martha Graham,
    • in John Heilpern, "The Amazing Martha," The Observer Magazine ()
  • I saw this thing turn, like a flower, once picked, turning petals into bright knives in your hand. And it was so much desired, so lovely, that your fingers will not loosen, and you have only disbelief that this, of all you have ever known, should have the possibility of pain. All the time you are seeing the blood trickling a red answer slowly down your hand.

  • ... depression can be the sand that makes the pearl. Most of my best work came out of it.