If you’re a bookworm like me or love a meaningful mental health quote, you’ll love this list of my favourite mental health quotes from literature.
I used to be your stereotypical Tumblr-obsessed 16-year-old. I treasured a huge collection of angsty, depression-inducing picture quotes, most of them about giving up on happiness or being unable to drown my demons.
Yep, I was your stereotypical emo kid, right down to the floppy side-fringe.
I liked those quotes because I could relate to them and in a way they made me feel less alone. However, I was also an impressionable, volatile teenager who would think herself into depression on a daily basis – and those life-sucks quotes only made my mental health deteriorate even further.
I grew out of that phase a long time ago but I am still deeply moved by words that encapsulate life, mental health and happiness in beautiful ways. As an English Literature graduate and lifelong book-nerd, I’ve discovered solace and peace in the pages of my favourite novels.
Take a look at some of the most timeless and beautiful quotes from books, perfect for inspiring hope and comfort even on the darkest of days. I’m sure you’ll recognise a few!
Beautiful Mental Health Quotes From Literature
“We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”
– Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence
“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears.”
– Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”
– The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
“You are your best thing.”
– Beloved by Toni Morrison
“‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh. ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet. ‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
– The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
“I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”
– The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
“She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings.”
“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.”
– Girl Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– The Minpins, Roald Dahl
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
– An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
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