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21 Of The Most Beautiful Lines In Literature About Anxiety

“Think about someone getting hit in the face with bread… that visual takes my mind off anxiety.” — Grace Helbig

We asked the BuzzFeed Community for their favorite quotes from literature about anxiety. Here are the heartwarming results.

2. "It was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn't think about my life at all." —Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safron Foer


3. "I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, you know?"—The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen


5. "What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does." —Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

—Lizzie Butler, Facebook

6. "You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing." —Yes Please, Amy Poehler

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8. "Everything… affects everything." —Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why


9. "When I feel like I may win, like my pain and struggle was worth it, I'll know I've learned something useful, something important." —Nessa Morgan, Perfectly Flawed


11. "You think you're escaping and run into yourself." —James Joyce, Ulysses

—Ashley Ganem, Facebook

12. "Don't think or judge — just listen." —Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

—Rouxa Ventura, Facebook

14. "A storm inside, but a desert on my face." —John Marsden, A Killing Frost

—Maria Brejner, Facebook

15. "If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." —Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


17. "It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up." —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

—Emma Hook, Facebook

18. "That's all I can do. I'll keep at it and hope it gets better." —Ned Vizzini, It's Kind Of A Funny Story


20. "Panic. You open your mouth. Open it so wide your jaws creak. You order your lungs to draw air, NOW, you need air, need it NOW. But your airways ignore you. They collapse, tighten, squeeze, and suddenly you're breathing through a drinking straw. Your mouth closes and your lips purse and all you can manage is a croak. Your hands wriggle and shake. Somewhere a dam has cracked open and a flood of cold sweat spills, drenches your body. You want to scream. You would if you could. But you have to breathe to scream. Panic." —Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


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