101 Sadness Quotes

We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.

David Weatherford

sadness quotes

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.

Cynthia Nelms

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.

Charlie Brown

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Marcus Aurelius

We ask God to forgive us for our evil thoughts and evil temper, but rarely, if ever ask Him to forgive us for our sadness.

R. W. Dale

They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don't think it's possible for you to miss me as much as I'm missing you right now.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

...any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.

Grandpappy O'Donnell

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Oscar Wilde

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.

Proverb quotes

You can choose to be happy or sad and whichever you choose that is what you get. No one is really responsible to make someone else happy, no matter what most people have been taught and accept as true.

Sidney Madwed

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

Louis E. Boone

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

...there are two types of people in the world: those who prefer to be sad among others, and those who prefer to be sad alone.

Nicole Krauss

All good things must come to an end, but all bad things can continue forever.


The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.

Jim Rohn

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Henry Wadsworth

So much sadness exists in the world that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers.

John Sutherland Bonnel

It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die.

Chuck Palahniuk

Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness its poison.

Lord Chesterfield

Smile, even if it's a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile.


Anger is just a cowardly extension of sadness. It's a lot easier to be angry at someone than it is to tell them you're hurt.

Tom Gates

Anger, tears and sadness are only for those who have given up.

Katie Gill

The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

Carl Gustav Jung

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

St. Francis

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.

Chinese Proverb

Beauty and sadness always go together. Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth Upon the earth without a meet alloy.

George MacDonald

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed, or is ashamed of his success.


Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours.

William Osler

Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Man could not live if he were entirely impervious to sadness. Many sorrows can be endured only by being embraced, and the pleasure taken in them naturally has a somewhat melancholy character.

Emile Durkheim

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

Kahlil Gibran

Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.

Alfred De Musset

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

William Shakespeare

Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions.

Stefan Kanfer

It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.

Mark Twain

There are moments when, even to the sober eye of Reason, the world of our sad humanity must assume the aspect of Hell.

Edgar Allan Poe

Sadness is always the legacy of the past; regrets are pains of the memory.


We gather strength from sadness and from pain Each time we die we learn to live again.


No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.

Eugene Ionesco

I can see the humorous side of things and enjoy the fun when it comes; but look where I will, there seems to me always more sadness than joy in life.

Jerome K. Jerome

What is the source of sadness, but feebleness of the mind? What giveth it power but the want of reason? Rouse thyself to the combat, and she quitteth the field before thou strikest.


A feeling of sadness and longing, That is not akin to pain, And resembles sorrow only As the mist resembles the rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is an unfortunate personal tragedy. However, when compared to the vast ocean of the collective tragedy faced by my people, my illness is merely a pebble. I am deeply sad that I am crippled by this illness, unable to contribute anything substantial towards the alleviation of the immense suffering and oppression of my people.

Anton Balasingham

Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.

Emile Durkheim

Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends.

African Proverb

Tears are words the heart can't express.


The past is as powerless to darken the present moment as is a shadow to reach up and drag down the form that casts it.

Guy Finley

Much like the hands of a clock go nowhere fast, anxious thoughts run us round-and-round without taking us anywhere!

Guy Finley

The only thing worried thoughts have the power to change is what the next thing will be for you to worry over!

Guy Finley

The only one interested in hearing your sad story is . . . you; and even you wish you didn't have to relive it again!

Guy Finley

Laugh and the world laughs with you, Weep, and you weep alone; For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Smile, even if it's a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile.


The greatest and the smallest, light and dark, right and wrong - they all come together to form the miracle that is life, and none can exist without the others.


There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.

Robery Alden

Those who fear the darkness have no idea what the light can do.

Katasai Rakshasa

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

Kahlil Gibran

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

Washington Irving

Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.

Christina Georgina Rossetti

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.

Charles Caleb Colton

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

Pearl S. Buck

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.


Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

Jimi Hendrix

There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.


A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Albert Einstein

The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness. The remarkable thing is that the cessation of the inner dialogue marks also the end of our concern with the world around us. It is as if we noted the world and think about it only when we have to report it to ourselves.

Eric Hoffer

Hating people is like burning down your house to kill a rat.

Henry Fosdick

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.

Leonardo da Vinci

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.

Eric Hoffer

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.

Dag Hammarskjold

My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.

Olive Schreiner

Why is my existence so perfect with dark places? And why do I no longer care?

Lemuel W. H. Ranier

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.

Jeremy Taylor

I talk to God but the sky is empty.

Sylvia Plath

Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.

Gloria Steinem

The absence of love is the most abject pain.

Herr Lipp

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.

Sylvia Plath

The people in the darker parts of society need God as much as anyone else.


And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Sylvia Plath

To die in order to avoid the pains of poverty, love, or anything that is disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward.


Why do we love the solitude and the solitude? My dear, you need only look into your own darkness-enshrouded spirit to find out.


When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions.

William Shakespeare

A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting the neighbor's.

Richard Whately

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.

George Eliot

What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.


There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know.


A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants, and how much more unhappy he might be than he really is.

Joseph Addison

Dwelling on the past only blinds you to the future.

Andrew Boyd

It was then, staring into the fear, that my tortured existence was truly born.


We ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.


We are more unhappy to see people ahead of us than happy to see people behind us.


I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.


I found more joy in sorrow than you could find in joy.

Sara Teasdale

Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.

Andre Gide

If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you.

Yiddish Proverb

Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.


Since unhappiness excites interest, many, in order to render themselves interesting, feign unhappiness.

Joseph Roux

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