11 Mental Health Quotes to Comfort You When You’re Struggling

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Feeling down? Read these mental health quotes to help you find light in the darkness, strength in the suffering and hope in your story.

Related: How to Improve Your Mental Health: 9 Keys to Your Well-Being

1. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” –Jimmy Dean

2. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” –Nido Qubein

3. “The best way out is always through.” –Robert Frost

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4. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” –Khalil Gibran

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5. “My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.” –Emery Lord, When We Collided

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6. “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” –Vincent van Gogh

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7. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” –Rabindranath Tagore

8. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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10. “When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.” –Brené Brown

11. “Your now is not your forever.” –John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Related: What It Means to ‘Meet Yourself Where You’re At’

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  1. Sara Jean Winters on May 30, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for compiling these quotes. I needed to acknowledge the elephant in the room. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ve been at war with myself for far too long. Today, Calamity Chaos (Me) was ready for a standoff. Sheriff Shine stepped in and put the cuffs on. From this day forward, I refuse to let Calamity run wild and free. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m taking control and running (Forrest Gump style) all the way to a victorious life! Thank you Shine Staff, for the uplifting words, dedication and countless hours of research that have, no doubt; contributed to the healing and success of your readers!



  2. Denette King on November 23, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I most certainly enjoy these quotes I saved some of the ones that spoke to me personally ,I however enjoy all they were of Magnificent help for me

    • Katherine Cremin on March 10, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Reading this makes so much sense to me. For months I was jjust depressed and not caring about myself at all
      I kept praying for small starts. Get out of bed. Pray
      I started wearing a little makeup, bought a few inexpensive clothes. Made a doctor appointment and started talking.
      I learned I am a strong and lind woman. Only I had been bei3 strong and kind more for others than myself. Today I am up early. Cleaning my house. Reading and writing. I am positive in my goals. My aspirations. My confidence is strong and my abilities are evident. I have come a long way in a short time. I feel strong my story will be told in a book. I have learned a lot and feel strongly sharing will help me as well as many others.

  3. Wale Adebayo on November 26, 2019 at 3:03 am

    These are encouraging words.

    I am particularly helped with the number 8.

  4. janice on November 27, 2019 at 2:00 am

    I am captivated by number 11!
    Thank you for compiling these quotes. It’s very inspirational and soul lifter.


  5. Donna on November 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    These have all been very helpful. Thank you!

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