Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, surrounded by a-sholes.
(often misattributed to William Gibson or Sigmund Freud)6
If you don't deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it's gonna hurt.
When you feel sad, it's okay. It's not the end of the world. Everyone has those days when you doubt yourself, and when you feel like everything you do sucks, but then there's those days when you feel like Superman. It's just the balance of the world.
This skull between my ears, that is a bad neighbourhood. I should not be in there alone.
I do have a tendency to walk on the dark side sometimes. I have suffered from depression, I know how that feels, I have an innate inclination that way. Writing does help with that.
Joanne K. Rowling - September 20123
I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music.
Depression - it falls into that small category of things like combat that, if you haven't been in it, you can say you can imagine it all you like. But it's truly different.
Depression is something that doesn't just go away. It's just... there and you deal with it. It's like... malaria or something. Maybe it won't be cured, but you've got to take the medication you're prescribed, and you stay out of situations that are going to trigger it.
I have suffered from depression for most of my life. It is an illness.
I'm always happy-go-lucky, and people look at me and find it shocking that I could be depressed.
I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn't one I'll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it's worth it.
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.
Telling someone with depression to pull themselves together is about as useful as telling someone with cancer to just stop having cancer.
The other thing about depression is it kind of collapses time. Suddenly, you find your whole days blending together to create one endless and suffocating loop. So you find yourself trying to remember the things that made you happy. But slowly, your brain begins to erase every memory that ever brought you joy. And eventually, all you can think about is how life has always been this way. And will only continue to be this way.
You only cry for help if you believe there is help to cry for.
If you're out there and need help, please seek it! Be proud of your valiant day-to-day struggle. There is no shame in needing support.
I think we have to monitor our minds the way we need to monitor our bodies.
According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.