Quotes on Depression

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.” – Barbra Kingsolver (The Bean Trees)

“When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.” – Fiona Apple

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” – C.S. Lewis

“I don’t want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation)

“The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it. Not ever.” – Nina LaCour (Hold Still)

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” – J.K. Rowling

“Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It’s just too much for them.” – Pheobe Stone (The Boy on Cinnamon Street)

“Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.” – Jo Nesbo

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” – Susan Sontag (Illness as Metaphor)

“Depression is anger turned inward.” – Sapphire (Push)

“Not easy to state the change you made.If I’m alive now, I was dead,
Though, like a stone, unbothered by it.” – Sylvia Plath

Quotes on Hope

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” – Tom Bodett

“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming- well, that’s saying you can never change your fate.” – Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Sense

“My hope is still to leave this world a bit better than when I got here.” – Jim Henson

Quotes on Writing

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.”
– Mark Twain

“And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
– William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”
– Ray Bradbury

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

– Gustave Flaubert

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

– Virginia Woolf (A Room of One’s Own)

“The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.”

J.K. Rowling

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

– Lloyd Alexander

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

– Sylvia Plath (The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

– E.L. Doctorow

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

– Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Grey)

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

– Anne Frank

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie”

– Stephen King

“Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”

– Franz Kafka

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible”

– Vladimir Nabokov