my favourite quotes from “reasons to stay alive by matt haig”


  • “depression lies” page 1


  • “What a gift it is to be normal! We’re all walking on these unseen tightropes when really we could slip at any second and come face to face with all existential horrors that only lie dormant in our minds” page 13


  • ” you can be a depressive and happy just as you can be a sober alcoholic” page 16


  • “We humans might have evolved to far. The price of being intelligent enough to be the first species to be fully aware of the cosmos might just be a capacity to feel a whole universe’ worth of darkness’ page 42


  • “If your back hurts it might hurt more by sitting down. If your mind hurts it hurts by thinking. And you feel there is no real, easy equivalent of standing back up.” page 51


  • “… if your having a bad day you can say, “well, this feels bad, but there have been worse.” And even when you can think of no worse day – when the one you are living is the very worst there has ever been – you at least know the bank exists and that you have made a deposit.”page 52


  • “… once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. when you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about” page 73


  • “All we can do, for the moment is really we need to do – listen to ourselves. When we are trying to get better, the only truth that matters is what works for us.” page 81


  • “so what you have a label! – everyone would have a label if they asked the right profession” page 118


  • “…life is waiting for you. you might be stuck here for a while, but the world isn’t going anywhere. Hang on in if you can. Life is always worth it.” Page 119


  • “Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet!” page 127


  • “It may be a dark cloud passing across the sky, but you are the sky. You were there before it!” And the clouds can’t exist without the the sky, but the sky can exist without the cloud.” page 181


  • “We must allow ourselves to feel the gales and downpours, but all the time just knowing this is necessary weather” page 245


  • “I am you and you are me. We are alone, but not alone. We are trapped by time, but also infinite. Made of flesh, but also stars.” page 246


  • “Nothing makes you feel smaller, more trivial, than such a vast transformation inside your own mind while the world carries on, oblivious. Yet nothing is more freeing. To accept your smallness in the world.” page 247


  • “Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face, a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.” page 249


  • “Understand that thoughts and thoughts. If they are unreasonable, reason with them, even if you have no reason left. You are the observer of your mind, not its victim.” page 249


  • “Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without judging it. Let it go, like the Snow Queen in Frozen.” Page 250


  • “Three in the morning is never the time to try and sort out your life.” page 251


  • “Don’t worry about the time you lose to despair. The time you will have afterwards has just doubled in value.” Page 252


  • “Just when you feel you have no time to relx, know that this is the moment you need to make time to relax.” page 253


  • “Be brave. Be Strong. Breathe, and keep going. You will thank yourself later.” Page 253


  • “Just as none of us are 100% physically healthy, none of us are 100% mentally healthy. We are all on a scale.” Page 262

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