Our Favourite Quotes from Reasons To Stay Alive

I talk in hyperbole a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Pretty much everything is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen, or the wildest thing I’ve ever read, or the absolute worst thing that has ever happened to anyone ever. It’s a curse, really…

But even my hyperbolic ways stop when I talk about Matt Haig‘s Reasons To Stay AliveI truly believe that this is a book that everyone absolutely needs to read, and I’m entirely serious about it.

As someone who has an intimate, personal connection with the book, I can speak to the fact that Reasons To Stay Alive has the power to change and save lives, and, in my role as a bookslinger, I take every opportunity I get to recommend this book. So, when I say that everyone needs to read this book, I actually mean it.

Part memoir, part self-help, part psychology, part commentary on the state of mental health treatment and stigma the world over, Reasons To Stay Alive is a moving, powerful little book that is chock-full of wise observations, beautiful passages, and brilliant quotations. Here are just a few of our absolute favourite quotations (and a very brief reason for loving them so much):

Because you’re so much more than your perceived productivity…


Because feeling is part of being alive…


Because perspective really does change everything…


Because sometimes, when you’re at your lowest point, knowing that we’re all in this together might just help, at least a little…


Because no one should ever have to go through their struggles alone…


Because life, truly, is always worth it…


Because, at the end of the day, we’re all gigantic weirdos floating through outer space on a gigantic rock, and it’s the most perfect, beautiful thing in the universe… 


Because you can never underestimate the power of beauty… 


Because sometimes we all just need to be understood and seen… 


Because depression does not define you… 


There are so many great passages in Reasons To Stay Alive, and we know that there is absolutely no way that we covered all of them. So, tell us, Savvy Readers, which quotation is your favourite? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Remember: you are important, you are loved, and you are valid.


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