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Finding Inner Strength: Empowering Emotional State Quotes for Happiness, Depression, Hope, and Self-Love

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From Happiness to Depression to Hope and beyond: Quotes for Emotional States

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Emotions, from the good ones to the bad ones, they can sometimes get the best of us! Whether for you or someone close to you, this variety of 70 emotional state quotes are the perfect thing to include on a good day, or a bad one for a drop of hope or some self-love when you’re feeling down!

Emotional Quotes


These can be the perfect thing to include in a greeting card for a loved one to express your feelings. Maybe the person is going through some hard times and you struggle to find the right words. Quotes are a great way to pass a message along!

You can also use these quotes as social media captions. As an Instagram caption on a photo of your smiling face in the sun or for #selflovesunday, there are quotes for everyone!

Happiness Quotes

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Looking to add a little happiness to your day? This collection of uplifting quotes are bound to put a smile on your face and bring some joy to your day. From the wise words of the Dalai Lama to the inspiring thoughts of Audrey Hepburn, these happiness quotes are here to brighten your mood and remind you that happiness is not just a destination, but a way of life.

  1. "Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama
  2. "The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness." - William Saroyan
  3. "The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open." - Chuck Palahniuk
  4. "Happiness is not a's a by-product of a life well-lived." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius
  6. "The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does." - James M. Barrie
  7. "Happiness is a warm puppy." - Charles M. Schulz
  8. "Happiness is not a destination, it's a way of life." - Unknown
  9. "The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." - Victor Hugo
  10. "Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present." - Jim Rohn
  11. "The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts." - Unknown
  12. "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi
  13. "The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters." - Audrey Hepburn
  14. "Happiness is a choice, not a result." - Unknown
  15. "Happiness is a state of mind. It's just according to the way you look at things." - Walt Disney
  16. "Happiness is not something you experience, it's something you remember." - Oscar Levant
  17. "Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have." - Unknown
  18. "The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything." - Unknown
  19. "True happiness comes from within." - Unknown
  20. "Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed." - Unknown

Depression Quotes

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  1. "Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind." - Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. "I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up." - Unknown
  3. "Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope." - J.K. Rowling
  4. "I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare." - Ned Vizzini
  5. "I'm not okay, but I will be." - Unknown
  6. "It's my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them." - Jennifer Niven
  7. "I'm exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel." - Unknown
  8. "Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is." - Atticus
  9. "It feels like everyone else is moving on with their lives while I am stuck here, in this hole that I can't climb out of." - Unknown
  10. "I'm not living. I'm just surviving." - Unknown
  11. "It's so difficult to describe depression to someone who's never been there because it's not sadness." - J.K. Rowling
  12. "Sometimes I just think depression's one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, some people get depressed. Because there's so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it." - Ned Vizzini
  13. "Depression is living in a body that fights to survive with a mind that tries to die." - Unknown
  14. "It's not always tears that measure the pain. Sometimes it's the smile we fake." - Unknown
  15. "I'm tired of fighting. For once, I want to be fought for." - Unknown
  16. "Depression is the inability to construct a future." - Rollo May
  17. "The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you're not." - Unknown
  18. "I am in that temper that if I were underwater I would scarcely kick to come to the top." - John Keats
  19. "You say you're depressed - all i see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective - it just means you're human." - David Mitchell
  20. "Depression is like a heaviness that you can't ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seem like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it's in your bones and your blood." - Jasmine Warga

Hope Quotes

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In need of a little optimism and inspiration? Take a peek at our collection of hope quotes that serve as a reminder of the strength of resilience and the presence of light, even during the darkest of times. From the timeless words of Emily Dickinson to the powerful wisdom of MLK Jr, these quotes are sure to uplift your spirits with a dash of hope, who wouldn’t want some!

  1. "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul." - Emily Dickinson
  2. "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." - Desmond Tutu
  3. "Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man." - Pliny the Elder
  4. "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." - Helen Keller
  5. "Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today." - Thich Nhat Hanh
  6. "Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles." - Samuel Smiles
  7. "Hope is a waking dream." - Aristotle
  8. "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear." - Suzanne Collins
  9. "Hope is the thing that holds you to the belief that there is a better place, a better time, and a better future." - Oprah Winfrey
  10. "Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning." - Barbara Kingsolver
  11. "Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good." - Vaclav Havel
  12. "Hope is the belief that destiny is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice." - Unknown
  13. "Hope is the heartbeat of the soul." - Michelle Horst
  14. "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Self-Love Quotes

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Ah, self-love! The thing that everyone preaches but no-one really feels like they truly have … or maybe I’m just projecting here. These 15 self love quotes are sure to boost your spirits and hopefully help you boost that self image and get some self-love on!

  1. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." - Lucille Ball
  2. "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha
  3. "Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others." - Parker Palmer
  4. "You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens." - Louise Hay
  5. "Self-love is the source of all our other loves." - Pierre Corneille
  6. "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." - Oscar Wilde
  7. "You are enough just as you are." - Meghan Markle
  8. "The love and attention you always thought you wanted from someone else, is the love and attention you first need to give to yourself." - Bryant McGill
  9. "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." - Rumi
  10. "You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first." - Unknown
  11. "Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting." - William Shakespeare
  12. "You are worthy of love and belonging." - Brené Brown
  13. "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously." - Sophia Bush
  14. "Self-love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself." - Unknown
  15. "Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults." - Les Brown

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