Depression has been a big topic in the news lately. And I won’t lie to you, depression is hard, really hard. The isolation, the silence, and the noise, and on and on and on. Depression is a quite contradictory, have you noticed that? And when you are in the throes of it, it feels like it will last forever. But it doesn’t. It tricks you into thinking that it lasts for an eternity, but it always goes away. And we get a reprieve of some sort.
Reading is a big help to me when I’m depressed, it takes me out of the moment and into another world, which is partly why I think of writers as A list celebrities. In matters such as these, I tend to accept wisdom from people who know themselves, and I find that people who spend endless hours alone know themselves better than people who surround themselves with an entourage.
So I have scoured the internet for some goodies (aka celebrity/literary quotes) that centre around depression and survival. Here is a list of my favourites:
- “It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.”
— Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washout
- “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” –T. S. Eliot
- “This is my depressed stance. When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this”.– Charlie Brown
(can’t you just picture him, shoulders slumped, slight hunch, head hanging low –poor Charlie Brown).
- “The sun hasn’t gone out of business” –Mickey Maguire (ok technically not famous, but he was my grandfather -and the best man I’ve ever known).
- “It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.” — Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
- “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother”.–Khalil Gibran
- “A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out.” –Douglas Coupland
- “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter, quite like unrequited love”. –Charles M. Schulz
- Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm –Steven Wright
- I am Batman –Batman (hey, I find it encouraging that he was content with his alter ego).
*Photo Source- Flickr via John Cooper