Depression: Some Sentences That May Help

Hi there APJ,

We keep coming back to depression because it is a huge problem. Even low level depression can wear you down. There is help, I know it can be hard to ask for it, but there is help all around you. Be careful of you, you are precious, precious and part of the APJ family. HUG!

Depression: Some Sentences That May Help

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We lost one of Australia’s entertainers on the weekend. I did not know her well. Only a couple of times had we even chatted.

Depression is everywhere and here are a couple of famous people’s little lights that may guide you out, or at least help us to think that we are not alone in depression and that it’s a burden born by many. In these quotes we can see that others can survive depression and create great things, or do great things or use it to power them forward to change the world for good.

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not a world changer. I am doing my best to live a joyous, engaged, wonder-full, harmless life. Surrounding myself with as much positivity and as many positive people as I can, sharing my own energy when and where possible, hopefully bringing light.

I purposely haven’t used these quotes all dressed up and prettified. They are here in black and white so that nothing will distract you from their meanings.
There is hope, you are strong, depression will pass, there is light ahead.

Sending you all love,
Portia xx

“When one door closes another door opens;
but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door,
that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish Scientist and Inventor


“When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that the airplane takes off against the wind,
not with it.”

Henry Ford, American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company


“When you come to the end of your rope,
tie a knot and hang on. “

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America 




45 comments on “Depression: Some Sentences That May Help

  1. Julie Zamborini says:

    Love the ‘”Airplane takes off against the wind” idea. Will try to remember it when needed for a friend or self. Thank you, Portia.

  2. Maya says:

    I like the first quote very much. Depression is a horrible thing….

  3. SallyM says:

    Having felt very recently at the end of my rope, I am going to tie that knot. Thanks Portia. xx

  4. Jackie b says:

    It was a sad week I agree…
    More empathy is needed for people crying out for help. Thanks for the reminder!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Why do we generally ignore and mock the people who are hurting instead of helping them? The world baffles me sometimes.
      Portia x

      • Jackie b says:

        Me too.
        Also social media makes it easier to make smart comments about other people and their pain. I can only imagine how much that would hurt if you are already fragile.
        We need our friends,
        Thanks Perfume People!

  5. jilliecat says:

    Dear Portia, thank you for writing this. A virtual hug to you and all your readers. The perfume community does bring joy and light to this sometimes dark world.

  6. A lovely little hug to start my day. Thanks Portia.
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  7. Ines says:

    Thank you for the quotes.
    I especially like the last one.

    Unfortunately, living in the times we do, I see depression becoming more and more of a problem around me.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yes, the black dog is gaining control in a world seemingly without any controls.
      I’m so glad you dropped by and said HI Ines.
      Portia xx

  8. Sarah K says:

    What a lovely post Portia. Those are great quotations 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Thanks SarahK,
      Sometimes even a quote from someone great can turn me around on my way down the spiral. It’s important to catch myself in the early stages and to understand what’s going on.
      If this can help someone else too then I am happy for them.
      Portia xx

  9. Sandra says:

    Thank you Portia for the quotes! Needed to read them today. Loneliness and depression are so incredibly terrible for the human body and soul. xoxo

  10. Tara says:

    Portia, I really appreciate the way you go out of your way to share positivity and love with others who might be having a tough time of it.

    I hadn’t heard the full Alexander Graham Bell quote before and had no idea it came from him. I am definitely guilty of fixating on those closed doors.

    Hugs x

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      NO WAY! I find that such a surprise from you Tara, you are so lively, lovely and full of wonder.
      Never look at the back of a door again, there is always a window and you need to know where there is at least one before you walk through any door anyway.
      Smooches from Sydney.
      Portia xx

      • Tara says:

        You are a sweetheart Portia. I wouldn’t have imagined you having dark times either. Maybe it tends to be those who you least expect.

        I am reading an amazing book that Birgit recommended to me. It’s called “The Untethered Soul: A Journey to Yourself” by Michael A. Singer. Worth checking out if you read that kind of thing.

  11. Jan Last says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this little gem. I have friends who suffer, and I use the word correctly, from depression. The windows thoughts will now become a part of my lending a hand to my friends who see bleakness.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      YAY! Nice to see you Jan Last. It’s a shame we didn’t get the whole saying growing up.
      Portia x

  12. Holly says:

    What a lovely thing for you to do! It’s the caring and compassion of others that shines a light into the dark corners. Thanks for sharing this.

  13. Tara C says:

    Great quotes, they are keepers. Thanks for sharing the love Portia!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey TaraC,
      So much to share. Nice to see you and thanks for commenting, that makes me happy.
      Portia xx

  14. Laurels says:

    I’d like to recommend cognitive therapy, and the book Feeling Good, by David Burns, for anyone prone to depression. It looks like just another self-help book, but it’s a very practical, scientifically-grounded approach to treating depression. I don’t know if it would have been enough help when I was severely depressed, but it has certainly made my life easier and less stressful in recent years. The exercises may seem a bit silly, but they really do help, and after a while you’ll find you don’t have to write everything down.

    To anyone suffering now: it will get better. If you stick it out, you will eventually be very glad you did. Believe me, I know.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Thank You LaurelS,
      I have ordered that book, it looks like a formal approach to many of the things I do already to stay above the cloud.

      Yes, it will get better. Not always soon or before it gets worse but it definitely will get better.
      Portia x

  15. Lindaloo says:

    Portia, I just want to let you know how special you are for doing these occasional posts. I save each one and re-read them from time to time as needed. Of course I read all your posts, even when I may not be particularly interested in the scent, as your joie de vivre and passion always comes through and brings a smile and lightness to my day. Bless you.

    I agree with Laurels that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can significantly help.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Lindaloo,
      Thank you.
      You say Bless You, I feel so blessed most days. Totally spoiled and lucky to be alive at a time when so many things I love are here too.
      Including YOU.
      Portia xx

  16. Bless you for this post.

  17. Mary K says:

    You are always so good at providing uplifting thoughts to others, Portia! Thank you for being the good person that you are.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      HA! I don’t know MaryK. Ha. Good person? That is a big call. From your typing to the universe please.
      You have certainly uplifted me this morning.
      Portia xx

  18. poodle says:

    It’s been a long, cold winter here so uplifting thoughts are welcome. Hugs to you and all the other perfume peeps out there. Xoxo.

  19. Musette says:

    There’s a great little speech from one of the (many) people-eating gods on Supernatural – these two are a middle-aged couple in some town – anyhoo, they talk about how, in the past, people formed community against despair, fear, etc and how now, everyone is so ‘connected’ yet so many of us are so isolated. I think we are inundated with information but a lot of us have forgotten how to talk to one another – so you have people hurting who don’t know how to ask for help and people hurting other people because they are totally disconnected.

    That’s why, as much as I LOVES me some Internet, I make sure to take time, each and every day, to actually seek out and talk to others, even if it’s just the mail lady.


    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      So interesting Musette,
      Yes I agree that it can become a problem but there has to be some initial disconnection doesn’t there?
      The psych world also says that you need around 12 friends that you speak to regularly to keep you sane.
      Portia xx

  20. Ella says:

    When and where I least expect it – a ray of kindness and understanding. Thank you for being so human Portia.

  21. Haefennasiel says:

    Many thanks for this post, dear Portia. I too, get plagued by depression at times and have been dealing with it by means of prayers and writing poetry as an outlet. And now I have these quotes too … 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Poetry? Interesting. How does it help Haefennasiel?
      I am sad that you have it but glad that you’ve found some things to combat it. As part of the APJ family there is usually something to take your mind of trouble here.
      Portia x

      • haefennasiel says:

        For me, writing is a cathartic experience and with poetry, it’s a form that manages to give me both the freedom and the structure with which to express myself. I’ve posted a few in my blog, and it’s light-years away from Shakespeare but feel free to check them out when you’ve got time.

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