Inspirational Quotes about Depression Are Useless

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If you came here from google you must be mad over this one.
There you were, searching for some inspirational quotes about depression.
Something to lighten your mood up and give you hope.

Maybe you are some sort of a psychologist or a therapist that came along, wanting to find some inspiration for their clients or for some group.

And then I come along, in all of my controversial glory, and tell you that it’s meaningless.
You are pretty pissed off, I get it.

Yet there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and this one is not an exception. There is a method to my madness, and I’ll tell you more about it soon enough.

For now, here’s my experience with inspirational quotes about depression.

A quick tale

Back when I was in the military, when my depression was far more severe than it is now, I was desperate to find any meaning that I could in anything that I did.

That led me to write these very words, inspirational quotes about depression and finding some level of support out of these sentences.

At the time I didn’t realize that they were sentences and nothing more. I looked at these inspirational quotes and tried my hardest to be inspired.

It kind of worked, actually.

I began forcing myself into it, and over time I started believing my own words.
These people went through the same stuff I did, after all. So if they could do it why couldn’t I?

That exactly it. I believed my own words, I listened to comforting lies over the difficult truth.
It was easier that way, to recall something that seemed particularly wise and push through.

But that memory was just that – a memory.
What am I getting at? Well…

Everything is possible

This type wisdom isn’t practical at all to you

There are plenty of wise and inspirational people out there.
As such, they tend to say plenty of wise and inspirational things, yeah?
But how many of those things actually help you out?
As in, how able are you to draw upon that wisdom whenever needed?

You don’t get it? That’s alright, here’s a quick example.

“That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel

Seems pretty wise, right? If you push through life in order to achieve meaningful things, your pain becomes purposeful, and by extension, bearable. It means that there is a light at the end of that tunnel and that every step you take forward has a purpose.

At least, that’s my interpretation.
But tell me this – what will this piece of wisdom will do for you in your moment of hardship? Nothing!

The best and most effective type of wisdom is the one you experienced on your own flesh. Fancy words are nice and all, but you aren’t going to pull through your hardship with them alone.

The fact is, these quotes might give you the right idea, yet you lack the wisdom to take action upon these ideas. Let alone apply them to your life.

Words aren’t actions

If you are depressed you need to change your state of mind, words alone aren’t going to do that. You need to act in order to make any worthwhile change.

In fact, words are dangerous to you in that regard. You hear something wise and tell yourself to believe in it, but that’s not going to cut it.

You can’t change your mind through will alone! I can’t stress this enough, if you could just will yourself to feel better then you would have done it already.

To make any lasting change you need to take action, to experience, to learn. Become wiser every day by living life the right way for you, not by listening to a bunch of dead people.

In truth, you listen to these inspirational quotes and choose to do nothing afterward, since the act of reading quotes is subconsciously perceived by you as “doing something”

Inspirational quotes about depression would have been useless for you in the first place if you could just feel better by thinking it.

So why are you doing this really? Well, let me tell you why.

You are searching for support in the wrong places

You really are.
You want to lean over something concrete. You want some level of reassurance, that it’s possible to feel better. Not only that, you would like to see other people who have done just that, and what they have learned.
Besides, reading stuff that sounds wise is always nice, no? Heh, that rhymes…

Anyway, that’s not the point. You want a certain level of security, so you turn to… a bunch of random lines from dead people, really?

You need many more like-minded people around you, to share your struggles and pains or at the very least provide a level of support.

Quotes don’t do that, meaning that they are useless as far as support goes.
What isn’t useless? Your friends and family.

Sure, you might think that they won’t listen to you. Heck, if you have depression you tend to distance yourself from people in general, more so the ones that you care about.

In other words, your need to search for inspirational quotes about depression is a symbol.
A symbol for the very same issue you suffer from, to begin with!

Now, if you did try to talk to them but they just didn’t get it there’s always another option.
Namely, the internet.

Do yourself a favor and find a forum or an online group dealing with depression. When you do, make sure to look for support there.

The internet is vast – there are many people to be found here. A lot of these people suffer from the same issue you do. They also know what it is like to be ignored or disregarded.
And that’s why they won’t ignore or disregard you.

Some of these are just plain weird

You may think that I am joking, but you would be wrong.
Some of these so-called “inspirational quotes about depression” are just dumb.

Sure, there isn’t any solid, logical argument to be made here.
But then again, since when was logic useful when it comes to stupidity?

In my experience, a lot of that so-called wisdom is actually a bunch of meaningless words.
Something that sounds inspirational but in reality is nothing more than a waste of time.
Here are a few examples, just to name a few.

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” — Christopher Reeve

Seriously Christopher, what the heck?
Don’t you think that I would have “chosen hope” if I could’ve by now?
My depression isn’t exactly an off-and-on switch kind of deal.

The darkest hour has only sixty minutes. — Morris Mandel

You don’t answer a metaphor with a metaphor!
Sure, I get that he is saying that everything bad comes to an end, but some bad things never pass.
That quote doesn’t really tell you anything besides reminding you that your bad experiences will end “one day”.
Yeah, thanks a lot. Really wise stuff right there.

“A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” — Joyce Meyer

That’s stupid
You don’t choose how you see things in life. If you did, you would have done so by now!
You need to experience things that will make you positive, that will give you hope.
Just willing yourself to be positive won’t work.

Either that, or be desperate enough to make a change for the better.
Either way, taking action is unavoidable, and your attitude before taking action doesn’t have anything to do with your attitude of all things.

All of these lines may sound wise, but they are nothing but empty.
Honestly? You can do better than that.

Make your own world

Inspirational quotes about depression are useless by themselves

The most important thing to remember is that wisdom is important.
Wisdom is a sign of growth, and it can’t truly be learned through someone else’s advice.

Wisdom takes experience, and experience takes time and effort. Searching for meaningless lines on the internet sure as heck doesn’t count as experience.
Some of these quotes are true, but they aren’t going to shape the way you think at all.

Instead, do yourself an effort and work at it.
Develop habits, become more energetic and grow happier over time. Sure, this is much harder, but this way gets results.

Before you go away to start your fight against depression, here’s a quick question – What inspires you?

Just three words, yet it’s a pretty hard question to answer.
Even so, make sure to write your answer in the comment section below – I go through every single one of them.

If you got any personal questions to ask to make sure to send me an email, I promise to answer it as soon as possible and to the best of my abilities.

Email: VladOsipkov@projectconquest.org

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2 Replies to “Inspirational Quotes about Depression Are Useless”

  1. I love how honest you are here. Instead of telling people what they want to hear (in this case giving them quotes) you are giving advice that is actually helpful and meaningful.
    I do agree that the quotes, while sounding nice, aren’t going to do much. We do have to inspire ourselves through the habits and energy development you mentioned.
    Thanks for an actually honest post!

    1. Hello, thank you for your time!

      I do try to be upfront with whoever visits my website – I offer factual advice over any comforting words.
      Hopefully that’s something you will come to learn about me (or better yet, don’t. I wouldn’t wish on anyone to suffer from anxiety and depression lol)

      Cheers, Vlad!

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