When Feeling Down Quotes – 12 Quotes That REALLY DID Help Me

when feeling down quotes

This is my growing collection of “when feeling down quotes” that REALLY did help me when I was feeling depressed, hopeless, or just in a funk.

I hate hearing platitudes and have grown to dislike the typical Christian-scripted phrases turned into graphics and shared on social media by every famous Christian…so I’ve decided not to include any of them here.

When Feeling Down Quote #1

“Nobody is rooting for you to fail. You may succeed. You may fail. But, for the most part, nobody cares one way or the other. This is good. The world is big and you are small, which means you can chase your dreams with little worry for what people think.” – James Clear

When Feeling Down Quote #2

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

When Feeling Down Quote #3

“If I had my life to live over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax. I’d limber up. I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances, I would eat more ice cream and less beans.” – Nadine Stair

When Feeling Down Quote #4

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

When Feeling Down Quote #5

“I know that I shall not live very long. But I wonder, is that sad? Is a celebration more beautiful because it lasts longer? And my life is a celebration, a short, intense celebration.” – Paula Modersohn-Becker

When Feeling Down Quote #6

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty.  Joy is not made to be a crumb.” – Mary Oliver

When Feeling Down Quote #7

“Anticipate, but don’t expect. Anticipation: You’re excited for what the future holds, but you don’t try to control it. Expectation: You try to predict the future and restrict your happiness to one outcome. Always be excited about the possibilities. Never be entitled to them.” – James Clear

When Feeling Down Quote #8

“People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’ There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.” – George Mallory

When Feeling Down Quote #9

You are richer than 93% of people.  Not in money, but in time. 108 billion people have lived throughout history. 93% of them are dead. You have what every king and queen, every pharaoh and ruler, every CEO and celebrity of the past would give all their wealth for: Today.” – James Clear

When Feeling Down Quote #10

“If this is a serious problem for you — serious enough so that you are genuinely in despair, here are some practical steps you might take. First, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you have a circle of friends, including at least one or two people that you can really talk to?
2. Do you have a close, intimate, romantic relationship?
3. Do you have a meaningful job, or educational path, or serious personal interest (or some combination thereof)?
4. Have you avoided problems with drugs or alcohol?
5. Do you have a realistic, meaningful plan for the future?
6. Are you in good physical health?
7. Do you have at least a necessary minimum of economic resources? 

If the answer to all or even most of these questions is “no,” then you are not so much existentially desperate as you are lacking those elements that are necessary to standard human life. You should then plan to change your situation so that “yes” becomes the appropriate answer. You can find a good online program that will help you plan to change your life at

If the answer to most of these questions is “yes,” but you still think black thoughts and feel hopeless (and, perhaps, have trouble sleeping, or wake up too early in the morning and worry, or nurse suicidal thoughts) then you might consider the possibility that you are depressed (he goes on to explain more in his answer).

Jordan Peterson answering a question on Quora

When Feeling Down Quote #11

“Speaking from personal experience, believe me: this too shall pass, whatever it is.” – Tim Ferris

When Feeling Down Quote #12

The difference between hope and despair is a good night’s sleep. –Robert McGarvey, Sr.

BONUS: 5 Secrets I Learned To Overcome Feeling Down

Secret #1 – Here’s $100

When I was 25, while channel surfing one night I landed on PBS…and I remember hearing motivational guru Wayne Dyer say (something like) there are more “feel good” chemicals released by the brain from giving someone $100 than there are from any antidepressant pill. I took this to heart and made it a priority to start being generous. It’s not uncommon for me to give away lots of money…sending $20 and $100 bills to people for their birthday. I give money to beggars on the Interstate exit and outside of Walmart. Think bigger. I just gave away my second car to help a neighbor…gave him the title and said “it’s yours.” He and his wife had tears in their eyes. And, I feel amazing. Besides, all my stuff is just gonna burn up someday anyway. Why not live life with open hands and use it to help others.

Secret #2 – No Drinky Drinks

When I was 31, I found a correlation between feeling down and consuming alcohol the day before. Every single time I had too much to drink at a party or out with friends, the next day I would always feel down, depressed, and icky…always. This happened so many times that I’ve given up drinking. I’d rather have a cherry Coke Zero and feel great the next day.

Secret #3 – Pain Points Exercise

When I was 34, I woke up one day feeling very depressed and overwhelmed. It was BAD…very BAD. I got out a sheet of paper and wrote down every pain point in my life that I could think of. I ended up with a list of about 12 things. I then worked through each one and wrote down notes about what I could do to eliminate each pain point. I actually did it, and it actually worked. That simple one-hour exercise changed the trajectory of my life. Now, I do the “pain points” exercise at least once a year.

Secret #4 – Observe and Acknowledge

When I was 40, I discovered that my down days are okay and most of the time are my body’s way of telling me to relax or change something. I’ve learned to see them as waves that I should let wash over me and use them to learn from. Sometimes, feeling down is my body’s way of saying “you need to take a day and chill out” or “you’re not drinking enough water” or “you need some sunshine” or “you need to get more sleep.” If I feel down and don’t know why, I just acknowledge it, observe it, and try to learn.

Secret #5 – OREO Blizzard

A Blizzard from Dairy Queen works wonders.

I hope this article was helpful. If you need help, get help. During different seasons of my life I have talked to counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and have called my share of friends (and strangers) to have a vent session on more than one occasion. There’s no shame in it. Growing up in the church I thought I had to have it all together. Then, one day I realized I don’t. I’m a Christian who needs help, and that’s okay. I’ve learned that ‘getting help’ is more normal than I ever realized. If you’re feeling down – acknowledge your feelings and get the help you need.

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