Andrew Solomon Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Andrew Solomon quotes, Andrew Solomon sayings, and Andrew Solomon proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair. Andrew Solomon
Living with depression is like trying to keep your balance while you dance with a goat - it is perfectly sane to prefer a partner with a better sense of balance. Andrew Solomon
Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Andrew Solomon
A large proportion of my best friends are a little bit crazy...I try to be cautious with my friends who are too sane. Depression is itself destructive, and it breeds destructive impulses: I am easily disappointed in people who don't get it Andrew Solomon
You don't think in depression that you've put on a gray veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away, the veil of happiness, and that now you're seeing truly. Andrew Solomon
Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair. Andrew Solomon
A sense of humor is the best indicator that you will recover; it is often the best indicator that people will love you. Sustain that and you have hope. Andrew Solomon
Fixing is the illness model; acceptance is the identity model; which way any family goes reflects their assumptions and resources. Andrew Solomon
It is easy to keep secrets by being honest in an ironic tone of voice. Andrew Solomon
Your gender identity is who you are. Sexual identity is who you bounce that off of. Andrew Solomon
There is a great deal of sin that comes from homosexuals who believe their homosexuality is a sin. Andrew Solomon
There is so much pain in the world, and most of these people keep theirs secret, rolling through agonizing lives in invisible wheelchairs, dressed in invisible bodycasts. Andrew Solomon
You can exorcise the demons of schizophrenics who perceive that there's something foreign inside them. But it's much harder with depressed people because we believe we are seeing the truth. But the truth lies. Andrew Solomon
We cannot bear a pointless torment, but we can endure great pain if we believe that it's purposeful. Andrew Solomon
We must love them for themselves, and not for the best of ourselves in them, and that is a great deal harder to do. Loving our own children is an exercise for the imagination. Andrew Solomon
The Parental predisposition to love prevails in the most harrowing of circumstances. Andrew Solomon
You need to take the traumas and make them part of who you've come to be, and you need to fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph, evincing a better self in response to things that hurt. Andrew Solomon
Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair. Andrew Solomon
My depression had grown on me as that vine had conquered the oak; it had been a sucking thing that had wrapped itself around me, ugly and more alive than I. It had had a life of its own that bit by bit asphyxiated all of my life out of me. At the worst stage of major depression, I had moods that I knew were not my moods: they belonged to the depression, as surely as the leaves on that tree's high branches belonged to the vine. Andrew Solomon
I knew that the sun was rising and setting, but little of its light reached me. I felt myself sagging under what was much stronger than I; first I could not use my ankles, and then I could not control my knees, and then my waist began to break under the strain, and then my shoulders turned in, and in the end I was compacted and fetal, depleted by this thing that was crushing me without holding me. Its tendrils threatened to pulverize my mind and my courage and my stomach, and crack my bones and desiccate my body. It went on glutting itself on me when there seemed nothing left to feed it. Andrew Solomon
Western culture likes binaries: life feels less frightening when we can separate good and evil into tidy heaps, when we split off the mind from the body, when men are masculine and women are feminine. Andrew Solomon
I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good. Andrew Solomon
Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; Depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance. Andrew Solomon