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