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“I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.”

 ―Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

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“My mother, poor fish, wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a week, telling me to be happy: “Henry, smile! Why don’t you ever smile?” and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the saddest smile I ever saw” 

― Charles Bukowski

“You know all that sympathy that you feel for an abused child who suffers without a good mom or dad to love and care for them? Well, they don’t stay children forever.

No one magically becomes an adult the day they turn eighteen. Some people grow up sooner, many grow up later. Some never really do. But just remember that some people in this world are older versions of those same kids we cry for.”

 ― Ashly Lorenzana

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“This fall I think you’re riding for—it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling.

The whole arrangement’s designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn’t supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn’t supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started.” 

― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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. “If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill, let yourself fall ill.” 

― Jalaluddin Rumi

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“I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?” 

― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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“Depression on my left, Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

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“How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.”

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So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do.

You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.” 

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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“Even when I try to stir myself up, I just get irritated because I can’t make anything come out. And in the middle of the night I lie here thinking about all this. If I don’t get back on track somehow, I’m dead, that’s the sense I get. There isn’t a single strong emotion inside me.” ―

 Banana Yoshimoto