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Mindful Monday: 10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart

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One of Beliefnet’s most popular galleries is “10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart.” I’ve included several of them here.


*  “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” –Saint Francis de Sales


*  “A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” –Stephan Hoeller

*  “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

*  “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” –Greenville Kleisser


*  “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” –Helen Keller

*  “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” –C.S. Lewis

*  “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” –Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

*  “What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think.” –Dr. Patrick Gentempo


Illustration by Anya Getter.

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  • Teri A

    What great comments to keep in mind throughout the day! Even if you’re already happy! Once again Therese, a great post!

  • Heather Whistler

    I love these! Especially, “The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life.” Overcoming our own suffering makes us uniquely useful to other people. It also helps us appreciate the little things in life more. If you’d like, please stop by my blog to read about how my husband and I have overcome our struggles with mental illness:

  • Meg

    Thanks for the quotes today. They make me step back to re-examine my own life; plus, they’re good thoughts to live by. I really needed them today…having a bit of a “down” day. I’ve been reading a lot lately about how what we think is a reflection of how we feel. I believe that, to a certain extent. I don’t believe that just because I think ‘I’m not depressed’ doesn’t mean the chemical imbalance in my brain will agree.

  • Hope Despite Depression

    I absolutely love quotes. In fact, I recently started a notebook to write down my personal “mantras” and meaningful quotes that I would come across. When I come find quotes that really speak to me, I jot them down. That way when I’m feeling low I can go back and read them to lift my mood! Thanks for giving me more quotes to add to my notebook!

  • pat

    Loved this…..those of us who are plagued with anxiety and depression just don’t know where to turn, so we appreciate things like this for self-help purposes. My favorite quote is one that I made copies of, laminated them and gave them to some others who also needed it. The quote is “Today is the tommorrow that you worried about yesterday!” When you really think about these words and you are still safe and okay today, they can perhaps stop you a little when your brain tells you to worry and fret.

  • Annie

    Thank you so much for today’s post. The quotes are wonderful and very fulfilling.

  • Anton

    Loved the Dalai Lama quote. With years I come to realize that the best thing to cure depression is being compassionate.

  • S

    I have come to realize that Pain is the best teacher…But somehow I am tired….Tired of dragging my feet.. I feel like sitting down and having a long good sob!!
    Just today afternoon a colleague of mine asked me at the Bus always keep smiling and seem happy all the time.. I then remembered Therese’s reply to a fellow mom and said..” I am heavily medicated”…she obviously thought I was kidding and laughed it off…she said there are so many problems & her voice trailed off…
    If only she knew about the nights I cried myself to sleep & begged God to just take pity on me & end the pain..Then maybe she wouldnt have said it…I then realized appearances are so so deceptive…u never know what a person is going through behind the curtains… Reading the quotes only makes me realize that God has big plans for me.. And my depression has made me appreciate my family…my physical health/ friends…job..most importantly the Present!!

  • Yeoman

    That St. Francis de Sales quote is brilliant. When I started to read it it was so inspiring I went right to the end to see who the author was.
    St. Francis de Sales was a brilliant man, and is the Catholic Patron Saint of Authors. Quotes like that help demonstrate why.

  • Darwin quotes

    Wow, thank you. These quotes are very inspiring.

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