Quotes from Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

  1. I just read this book and I loved it
  2. "Misery, like yoga, is not a competitive sport."
  3. "The weirdest thing about a mind is that you can have the most intense things going on in there but no one else can see them."
  4. "I simply did not- could not- feel like this a second longer. I had to end myself."
  5. "The weird thing about depression is that, even though you might have more suicidal thoughts, the fear of death remains the same. The only difference is that the pain of life has rapidly increased."
  6. "I stood there for a while. Summoning the courage to die, and then summoning the courage to live."
  7. "Outwardly, to others, I would over the next few months look a bit slower than normal, a bit more lethargic, but the experience going on in my mind was always relentlessly and oppressively fast."
  8. "That's the odd thing about depression and anxiety. It acts like an intense fear of happiness, even as you yourself consciously want that happiness more than anything."
  9. "You hate yourself. That is because you are sensitive. Pretty much every human could find a reason to hate themselves if they thought about it as much as you did. We're all total bastards, us humans, but also totally wonderful."
  10. "Life is waiting for you. You might be stuck here for a while, but the world isn't going anywhere. Hang on in there if you can. Life is always worth it."
  11. "Every book written is the product of a human mind in a particular state."
  12. "Depression makes thinkers out of all of us."
  13. "Even if depression is not totally overcome, we can learn to use what the poet Byron called a 'fearful gift.'"
  14. "You were there before it. And the cloud can't exist without the sky, but the sky can exist without the cloud."
  15. "You can walk through a storm and feel the wind but you know you are not the wind."