Living with depression — and especially coping with chronic depression — demands courage over any other virtue: the courage to incorporate the lessons we’ve learned from the past in our strategies for better health in the future; the courage to ask for help when we need it, and to persevere in new directions of healing; and the courage to keep moving through self-defeating thoughts, meeting our pain with compassion, and keeping our body and mind in motion — on the path toward emotional resilience.
If you are like me, you need all the pep talks you can get to practice courage day in and day out. Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes:
- Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair. — Rollo May
- You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. — Eleanor Roosevelt
- Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. — Leonard Cohen
- We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Courage is grace under pressure. — Ernest Hemingway
- We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough. — Helen Keller
- Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. — Mary Anne Radmacher
- When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly. — Patrick Overton
- Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. — C. S. Lewis
- Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but what is still possible for you to do. — Pope John Paul XXIII
- Courage is being scared to death … and saddling up anyway. — John Wayne
- The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. — Leo Buscaglia
- You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. — Steve Jobs
- A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. — Albert Schweitzer
- Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God; God alone is sufficient. — St. Teresa of Avila
- Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. — George S. Patton
- The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. — Robert Green Ingersoll
- True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher. — John Petit-Senn
- Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on the shifting carpet. — Thomas Crum
- It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds. — Black Elk
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Originally published on Sanity Break.