103 Anxiety Quotes to Help Comfort You on Tough Days


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For those who are facing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), getting through a challenging bout of symptoms can feel impossible. Even those who work with therapists on effective ways to work through anxious thoughts face days where they feel obstacles are insurmountable. In these dark moments, you (or a loved one who cares for you) may reach for a bit of motivation to accept the challenges ahead of you — and to find the energy to try again tomorrow.

It’s true that everyone faces their own adversity in life. But those with mental health conditions may be surprised to hear that some of the most celebrated individuals in history have faced anxious tendencies, too. A fair share of the world’s leaders, cultural trailblazers, prolific writers and celebrated performers have opened up about their journey in facing rumination, anticipation and dread that plagues those suffering from anxiety. And they’ve owned up to the fact that anxiety can definitely cause your life to seemingly unravel at a moment’s notice.

But all of them have also revealed the tenacity they’ve summoned to push past these roadblocks. It takes a certain amount of insight to push past negative thoughts and emotions, to put life into perspective – and this collection of inspiring quotes about anxiety may help you do that, or at the very least, give you a sense of comfort.

These quotes may not be enough to help you find clarity, and if you ever need to talk to someone, there are therapy apps and online support groups at your disposal. Visit mhanational.org if you’re in crisis, and in emergencies, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK or text “NAMI” to 741-741.

Powerful quotes about anxiety:

  1. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah Winfrey

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  2. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” — Oprah Winfrey
  3. “This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.” — Glennon Doyle
  4. “Creating something is what helped me from just spinning apart like an unweighted flywheel. And I haven’t stopped since.” – Stephen Colbert
  5. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” —Nelson Mandela
  7. “I think the more people vocalize what they’re going through — their experience or just simply educating themselves so that they can learn more about what they’re talking about — that’s going to be the key to creating a conversation about mental illness and making it more understood.” — Demi Lovato
  8. “The tough times, the days when you’re just a ball on the floor — they’ll pass. You’re playing the long game, and life is totally worth it.” – Sarah Silverman
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  9. “The best use of creativity is imagination. The worst use of creativity is anxiety.” – Deepak Chopra
  10. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs
  11. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” – Dan Millman
  12. “Whatever you do, never run back to what broke you.” – Frank Ocean
  13. “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb
  14. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle
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  15. “When you make a mistake, respond to yourself in a loving way rather than a self-shaming way.” – Ellie Holcomb
  16. “Breathe darling. This is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” – S.C. Lourie
  17. “You can’t just take Tylenol to deal with anxiety. Being able to be level with people, being honest about your problem – that is a huge help.” – Royce White
  18. “We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treated our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be?” — Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
  19. “We all have mental health in the same way that we all have physical health. It’s okay to have depression, it’s okay to have anxiety, it’s okay to have an adjustment disorder.” – Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
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  20. “All over the world, people are in some kind of mental, psychological, emotional pain. Being able to say, ‘This is what happened what happened to me,’ is crucial.” –

    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

  21. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  22. “Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” – Beyoncé
  23. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – President Barack Obama
  24. “As I started opening up and talking about my issues, I felt strength, not vulnerability.” – Michael Phelps
  25. “You don’t see [mental illness]: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it.” – Amanda Seyfried
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  26. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” — Oprah Winfrey
  27. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra
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  28. “Anxiety is something that is part of me but it’s not who I am.” – Emma Stone
  29. “I would tell my younger self that there’s no shame in asking a teacher for help, telling a friend that you’re uncomfortable, and that [anxiety issues] is just the same as falling down and scraping your knee.” — Lena Dunham
  30. “It’s crazy how your mind will become this database to make you worry about things that are so arbitrary. I have a well-organized life, and I’ve put a lot of thought into the things that I do, and then, you know, my stomach will be… I’ll just be sitting there, totally anxious about something ridiculous. You have to stop yourself during the day and say, ‘It’s just not worth it.’” – Leonardo DiCaprio
  31. “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day… I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way.” – Lady Gaga
  32. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  33. “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?” – Brigham Young
  34. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” – Rupi Kaur
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  35. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest taken between two deep breaths.” — Etty Hillesum
  36. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” — Benjamin Franklin
  37. “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.” – Zig Ziglar
  38. “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” – Margaret Mead
  39. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
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  40. “Surrender to what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti
  41. “The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you.” — Joel Osteen
  42. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
  43. “If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.” – Dean Smith
  44. “There are these moments you think you won’t survive. And then you survive.” — David Levithan
  45. “Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” — Dalai Lama
  46. “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  47. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
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  48. “The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.” – Martha Stewart
  49. “You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.” — Oprah Winfrey
  50. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden
  51. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” — C.S. Lewis
  52. “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” – Jack Welch
  53. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers
  54. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Olin Miller
  55. “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” — Wayne Dyer
  56. “Don’t be afraid to be afraid.” — Maurice Chevalier
  57. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville
  58. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” — Robert Frost
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  59. “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
  60. “If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” – Russell Wilson
  61. “You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, and a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” — Julian Seifter
  62. “We have seen that two heads are better than one when dealing with a mental health problem.” – Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge
  63. “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” – Bill Clinton
  64. “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.” — Nikki Giovanni
  65. “Mental health is an area where people are embarrassed. They don’t want to talk about it because somehow they feel they’re a failure as a parent or, you know, they’re embarrassed for their child or they want to protect their child, lots of very good reasons, but mental health, I feel, is something that you have to talk about.” – Anna Wintour
  66. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” – John Green
  67. “I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will never be a burden.” – Sophie Turner
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  68. “What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” – Martha Graham
  69. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
  70. “Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re finished.” — Leslie Nielsen
  71. “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” —Bertrand Russell
  72. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” — Ingrid Bergman
  73. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  74. “Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” —Annette Funicello
  75. “Whatever you do, don’t wake up at 65 years old and think about what you should have done with your life.” – George Clooney
  76. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth
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  77. “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead — that’s where your future lies.” — Ann Landers
  78. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” — Duke Ellington
  79. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength.” — A.J. Cronin
  80. “If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.” — Gertrude Stein
  81. “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” — Bonnie Prudden
  82. “Thankfully, perseverance is a great substitute for talent.” — Steve Martin
  83. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
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  84. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  85. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  86. “Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.” — D. H. Lawrence
  87. “Life is trying things to see if they work.” — Ray Bradbury
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  88. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” —Marilyn Monroe
  89. “I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” — Steve Maraboli
  90. “Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.” – William Shakespeare
  91. “Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.” – Mary Hemingway
  92. “So the pie isn’t perfect? Cut it into wedges. Stay in control, and never panic.” – Martha Stewart
  93. “We’re all spending way too much of our time and energy trying to fight the stuff we can’t change.” — Gayle King
  94. “There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration.” – Diana Vreeland
  95. “Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination and insight, things that have nothing to do with reason.” – Vivienne Westwood
  96. “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” – Virginia Woolf
  97. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore
  98. “Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will.” — Cheryl Strayed
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  99. “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin
  100. “The universe doesn’t allow perfection.” — Stephen Hawking
  101. “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” – Jodi Picoult
  102. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy Bennett
  103. “Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect — on any front — and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.” – Fred Rogers

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