Quotes from Bojack Horseman that Portray Depression Well

Bojack Horseman will forever have a special place in my heart. He's far from perfect, but so am I and and so is everybody. 

As someone with Major Depressive Disorder, I appreciate BH's profoundly accurate portrayal of depression. For me personally, I feel as though the following quotes shed light on feelings and experiences that I don't know how to put into words. Some of these quotes will hit a little differently if you understand the context from the show. But if you've never watched BH, they're still worth the read. 

Please enjoy some quotes from my favorite show of all time. (And watch it on Netflix!) 

  • “But this is it, the deed is done
    silence drowns the sound.
    Before I leaped I should have seen
    the view from halfway down.”
  • “There is no other side.”
  • “Nothing on the outside, nothing on the inside.”
  • “Life’s a bitch and then you die, right?”
  • “Sometimes, life’s a bitch and then you keep living.”
  • I need you to tell me that I’m a good person.
  • “He’s so stupid. He doesn’t realize how miserable he should be.”
  • “When you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.”
  • “Same thing that always happens. You didn’t know me and then you fell in love with me. And now, you know me.”
  • I need to go take a shower so I can’t tell if I’m crying or not.
  • “I’m responsible for my own happiness? I can’t even be responsible for my own breakfast!”
  • “I can’t say no to people because I want everyone to like me.”
  • You know, sometimes I feel like I was born with a leak, and any goodness I started with just slowly spilled out of me, and now it’s all gone. And I’ll never get it back in me.
  • “I spend a lot of time with the real me and believe me, nobody’s gonna love that guy.”
  • “When we know what we know about a monster like that and we still put him on TV every week, we’re teaching a generation of young boys and girls that a man’s reputation is more important than the lives of women he’s ruined.”
  • “It’s so sad that when you see someone as they really are, it ruins them.”
  • That voice, the one that tells you you’re worthless and stupid and ugly, it goes away, right?
  • “You can’t keep doing shitty things, and then feel bad about yourself like that makes it okay! You need to be better!”
  • “I’m punishing you for being alive.”
  • “The universe is a cruel, uncaring void. The key to being happy isn’t the search for meaning; it’s just to keep yourself busy unimportant nonsense, and eventually, you’ll be dead.”
  • “I’ve had a lot of what I thought were rock bottoms, only to discover another, rockier bottom underneath.”
  • You were born broken. That’s your birthright. And now you can fill your life with projects – you books, and your movies, and your little girlfriends, but that won’t make you whole. You’re Bojack Horseman. There’s no cure for that.”
  • “One day you’re gonna look around and you’re going to realize that everybody loves you. But nobody likes you. And that’s the loneliest feeling in the world.”
  • “Nobody gives a damn what you feel! You’ve got an audience out there, and they want to hear you sing.”
  • “You better grow up in to something great, to make up for all the damage you’ve done.”
  • “I hope you die before I do, so you never have to know what it’s like to lose a mother.”
  • “Don’t you dare cry. Don’t you ever cry! You wanted this.”
  • “You think you want this but you don’t. Not like this.”



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