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Sermon Quotes

Depression

Richard Bach

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.

 

Alexander Graham Bell

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

 

Winston Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

 

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

 

Helen Keller

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.

 

C. S. Lewis

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.

 

Abraham Lincoln

I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on earth. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better

 

Chuck Palahniuk

Our generation has had no Great Depression, no Great War. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.

 

Charles Spurgeon

Fits of depression come over the most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy.

 

Charles Spurgeon

Before any great achievement, some measure of depression is very usual.

Gillian Marchenko

I think of depression as a visitor who comes more often, uninvited, unwelcomed, and stays longer than ever before.

Taken from Still Life by Gillian Marchenko Copyright (c) 2016 by Gillian Marchenko. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Gillian Marchenko

My friend Anne once said that being around people when you are depressed is like being asked to heal your broken leg by running a marathon.

Taken from Still Life by Gillian Marchenko Copyright (c) 2016 by Gillian Marchenko. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Elaina Marchenko 

“Mom, you get depressed at the most inconvenient times.”Taken from Still Life by Gillian Marchenko Copyright (c) 2016 by Gillian Marchenko. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Gillian Marchenko

When I can, I do my best to keep up the farce of who I pretend to be. [while suffering from severe depression]

Taken from Still Life by Gillian Marchenko Copyright (c) 2016 by Gillian Marchenko. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Gillian Marchenko

One of the biggest tragedies of depression is myopia. You cannot see beyond your own nose.

Taken from Still Life by Gillian Marchenko Copyright (c) 2016 by Gillian Marchenko. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Gregg Easterbrook

Adjusting for population growth, ten times as many people in the Western nations today suffer from “unipolar” depression, or unremitting bad feelings without a specific cause, than did half a century ago. Americans and Europeans have ever more of everything except happiness.

The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, Random House, 2003, p.163.

Ruth Burrows

I was born into this world with a tortured sensitivity. For long I have puzzled over the causes of my psychological anguish.

William Styron

Depression is a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self – to the mediating intellect – as to verge close to being beyond description. It thus remains nearly incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it in its extreme mode, although the gloom, ‘the blues’ which people go through occasionally and associate with the general hassle of everyday existence are of such prevalence that they do give many individuals a hint of the illness in its catastrophic form.

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (Vintage Classics, 2001 edn).