The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire.
- Lemony Snicket
We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim.
- R.M. Drake
There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, "There now, hang on, you'll get over it." Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.
- Barbara Kingsolver
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 keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.
- Greenville Kleisser
It's like being in a glass elevator in the middle of a crowded mall; you see everything and would love to join in, but the door won't open so you can't.
- Lisa Moore Sherman
Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.
- J.K. Rowling