I’ve always really loved quotes because when I read one that I can relate too, it’s a good feeling to know that someone else has felt the same way. Depression is isolating and reading words that someone else has written and relating to them makes me feel not so alone. So I wanted to compile a list of my favourite quotes about depression and suicide and I hope that they can make other people feel less alone as well because loneliness is one of the hardest emotions to fight.
Most of these are off Pinterest and may not have authors listed so sorry about that.
“I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.”
― Margaret Atwood
“Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong.”
― Sally Brampton
“When someone asks me “What is wrong?” I simply reply with “I’m just tired” and they agree; they say to take a nap. But you see this exhaustion it is not something simply resolved by sleeping. I cannot simply shut my eyes and wake up okay. I need a break from my brain, my heart, my life. I need to go away for just a little while. Or maybe forever.”
“When a depressed person shrinks away from your touch, it does not mean she is rejecting you. Rather she is protecting you from the foul, destructive evil which she believes is the essence of her being and which she believes can injure you” – Dorothy Rowe
“People who die by suicide don’t want to end their lives. They want to end their pain.”
“You don’t know pain until you’re staring at yourself in the mirror with tears streaming down your face and you’re begging yourself to just hold on and be strong. That is pain”
“I don’t know how I expect people to love me when I can barely look at myself without cringing”
“I say sorry a lot, mostly because I feel like everything is my fault”
“Depression isn’t always at 3am. Sometimes it happens at 3pm, while you’re with your friends and you’re halfway through a laugh”
“Why don’t you accept compliments? Because if feels like I’m being lied too”
“It’s scary, what a smile can hide”
“Never underestimate how much pain somebody has to be to put a razor to their wrist, a finger to their throat, a gun to their head or a pen to ‘that’ note”
“Don’t try to relate to a suicidal person. Sure you may have had some sad days but until you have felt that overwhelming, empty, almost calming desire to die, just say ‘Thank you for still being here, you are strong and I love you'”
“You hurt yourself on the outside trying to kill the monster on the inside”
“If you could see what I feel, if anxiety, if sadness, and loneliness were physical wounds that decorate my body in red lines and purple marks, would you be shocked at how bloody and bruised I am?”
“All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are” – Robin Williams
These are a few quotes that have touched me and made me feel like I’m not truly alone in the world. It’s hard living with depression and getting to the point where suicide is the only option you have to end the pain. I would never wish it on anyone and one day, I hope that my words will touch someone else and make them feel less alone. In a world filled with this many people, no one should feel alone.