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19 Quotes That Help People With Depression Get Through Dark Days

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Living with depression can make each day seem like climbing a mountain. And when day after day of fighting through your depression drains you, sometimes you need a bit of inspiration to jump-start your next battle. Some people turn to music, some turn to books. We know it’s not a cure, but sometimes just an inspirational quote can be what you need to shine some light on those particularly dark days.

To find out what helps people living with depression, we asked our Mighty community what quotes inspire them during tough times.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. “Don’t be afraid. Every song has a coda, a final movement. Whether it fades out or crashes away, every song ends. Is that any reason not to enjoy the music?” — “One Tree Hill,” submitted by Rachel Forst

2. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” — Marianne Williamson, submitted by Alisha Power

3. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on a light.” — “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling, submitted by Milinda Lee Mueller

4. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, submitted by Christine Labelle

5.  “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.” — Walt Whitman, submitted by Rebecca Paula

6. “Rain don’t change the sun. Jealous is the night when the morning comes. But it always comes.” — Delta Rae, submitted by Ruth Nelson

7. “And I might fall but that won’t change my mind. I choose to believe it’s worth the fight” — Cimorelli, submitted by Rachel Carter

8. “What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” — Charles Addams, submitted by Madi Sierra

tattoo that reads, "What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly."

9. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” — Bob Marley, submitted by Lin PT

10. “Just keep swimming!” — “Finding Nemo,” submitted by Claire Peterson

11.  “He who has never been burned in the sun won’t know the value of shadow.” — Turkish Proverb, submitted by Nicole Özgül

12. “You are you’re most valuable asset. Don’t forget that. You are the best thing you have.” — Gary Paulsen, submitted by Lacy Banis

13“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill, submitted by Annika Schimmel

14. “I’ll be awful sometimes, weakened to my knees, but I’ll learn to get by on little victories.” – Matt Nathanson, submitted by Jay Coleman

15. “Truth is light.” — submitted by Rebekah Wilson 

Tattoo that reads: Truth is light.

16. “Our brains are sick, but that’s OK.” — “Fake You Out” by Twenty One Pilots, submitted by Sami Jo Stoecker

17. “Everything is temporary, what’s important is you and the people who love you for who you are.” — submitted by Maryouma Faragalla (“A dear friend gave me this quote and he has passed away now, but in times of darkness the words he said have helped me.”)

18. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, submitted by Sophie Webb (“Gets me through those dark days, reminds me even though at that moment it feels like they are going to last forever, it will end. Such a simple quote/idea, but for me one of the hardest things to remember when I’m in that state of mind.”)

19.“It’s not gonna be like this forever” — submitted by Sadie JC (“My own quote to get me through and remind me that there are good days ahead.”)

Originally published: July 20, 2016
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