quotes about sadness

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If you are looking for the best 101 sadness quotes then you have come to the right place!


Everyone feels sad at some point in their life. It is a common human emotion that unfortunately doesn’t feel so fabulous when you are in the midst of its despair.

Sometimes all you need is an understanding ear or in its place, some poignant sadness quotes that remind you of what you really need to hear.


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Without further ado, here are the top 101 best sadness quotes:



1 – First, accept sadness. Realize that without losing, winning isn’t so great. Alyssa Milano

2 – The trouble is you think you have time. Buddha

3 – Real loss only occurs when you lose something that you love more than yourself.

4 – People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.

5 – You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. Jonathan Safran Foer

6 – And someday I hope that my sadness will be replaced by something beautiful.

7 – Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

8 – H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends

9 – Here’s a piece of advice: never put your happiness in someone else’s hands.

10 – Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves but it’s there if you look deep. Taraji P. Henson



11 – What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be.

12 – The word “happy” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Jung

13 – For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been.” John Greenleaf Whittier

14 – Cry. Forgive. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. Steve Maraboli

15 – Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. Kahlil Gibran

16 – When you lose a loved one, you come to these crossroads. You can take the path that leads you down the aisle of sadness, or you can say “I’m never going to let this person’s memory die. I’m going to make sure everything they worked for continues. Bindi Irwin

17 – It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all. Samuel Butler

18 – At some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.

19 – Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. Herman Hesse

20 – Sometimes your eyes are not the only place the tears fall from. Faraaz Kazi



21 – There is one pain, I often feel, which you will never know. It’s caused by the absence of you. Ashleigh Brillianr

22 – We all have sadness in our life and things that we can draw upon. Sherilyn Fenn

23 – Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley

24 – So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love. E.A. Bucchianeri

25 – 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

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

27 – Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

28 – The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

29 – If you see a friend without a smile, give him one of yours. Proverbs

30 – Depression is a kind of tired that no amount of sleep in the world can fix.


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31 – One day, your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure that its worth watching.

32 – Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Pascal

33 – Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. – Fyodor Dostoevsky

34 –Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear. Joshua Wisenbaker

35 – We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciated light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness. David Weatherford

36 – Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life. Merle Shan

37 – Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance. Osho

38 – 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.

39 – I think everyone feels alone in their sadness, and there’s a certain value to hearing other people’s sad stories. Brandon Stanton

40 – 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



41 – If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you. Yiddish Proverb

42 – You can’t change the things that are going on around you until you change the things that are going on within you.

43 – Every person has their own secret sorrows that they hide from the world. Oftentimes, we call people cold when they’re just sad.

44 – Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is! Dita Von Teese

45 – The worse kind of sad is not being able to explain why.

46 – Sometimes it’s not the people who change; it’s the mask that falls off.

47 – There are two types of pain – one that hurts you and the other that changes you.

48 – Let your tears come. Let them water your soul. Eileen Mayhew

49 – It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply.

50 – Often the people with the strongest hearts carry the heaviest ones.


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51 – Nothing is miserable unless you think it so. Boethius

52 – Say someone can’t be sad because someone else may have it worse is just like saying someone can’t be happy because someone else might have it better.

53 – Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us. Brian Jacques

54 – We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. Kenji Miyazawa

55 – Crying is cleansing. There’s a reason for tears, happiness or sadness. Dionne Warwick

56 – We carry these things inside us that no one else can see. They hold us down like anchors. They drown us out at sea.

57 – Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else. Morrie Schwartz

58 – Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.

59 – I still catch myself feeling sad about things that don’t matter anymore. Kurt Vonnegut

60 – Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey



61 – The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. Bob Marley

62 – Never make a decision when you are upset, sad, jealous or in love. Mario Teguh

63 – I do believe that if you haven’t learned about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness. Nana Mouskouri

64 – Dying seems less sad than having lived too little. Gloria Steinem

65 – Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story.

66 – A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn. Helen Keller

67 – All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow

68 – Neither blame or praise yourself. Plutarch

69 – There’s great sadness when life doesn’t work out like you would want, on a lot of levels, but there’s no need to feel all alone. This happens to everybody, so there’s no self-pity. This is the ride that humans are on, and all of it is essential for our natural part of it. Mike Mills

70 – Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins



71 – Dwelling on the past only blinds you to the future. Andrew Boyd

72 – From the moment we are born, we begin to die.

73 – While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. Leonardo da Vinci

74 – Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends. African Proverb

75 – Life is a dream walking. Death is going home. Chinese Proverb

76 – Live your own life, for you will die your own death. Latin Proverb

77 – Sadness flies away on the wings of time. Jean de La Fontaine

78 – I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Leo Buscaglia

79 – Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. Henry Van Dyke

80 – No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. C.S. Lewis



81 – The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain

82 – When someone you love becomes a memory…that memory becomes a treasure.

83 – The fear of death is only the result of an unfulfilled life. Frank Kafka

84 – Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. Buddha

85 – In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln

86 – When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. Alexander Graham Bell

87 – Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. Christopher Morley

88 – Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. Leonardo da Vinci

89 – They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. William Penn

90 – If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever. The Crow



91 – The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

92 – Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

93 – Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.

94 – It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. Henry Rollins

95 – The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity for pain.

96 – You may not always end up where you thought you were going. But you will always end up where you are meant to be.

97 – 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

98 – Those who fear the darkness have no idea what the light can do. Katasai Rakshasa

99 – Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. John Lennon

100 – There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. Harry Crews

101 – Ask yourself this question: will this matter a year from now? Richard Carlson


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