100 Sad Quotes That Will Bring Relief

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, peaceful and powerful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here’s the truth:

I lost my girlfriend in a car accident in 2004.

I spent the following 10 years sad and depressed.

Here are 100 of the best sad quotes I’ve collected during that period (and many more from recent years).

I hope this will save you hours of research trying to understand your sadness.

But most importantly, I hope they will make you feel (a little bit) better.

And please don’t forget that feeling sad is fine.

It’s part of life.

You’ll discover comforting quotes by Dalai Lama, da Vinci, Rumi, and many more.


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Trying to avoid sadness is trying to avoid life. Maxime Lagacé

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

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What brings us to tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted. Bob Goff

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There are two medicines for all ills: time and silence. Alexander Dumas

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Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence. Unknown


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When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics. Frank Ocean

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Sometimes you laugh because you’ve got no more room for crying. Terry Pratchett

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Chasing happiness is guaranteed to make you unhappy. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)

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I learned how to be happy because I know what unhappiness felt like. Lilly Singh (Related: Lilly Singh, From Depression To Success, YouTube video)

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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 Longfellow

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If you didn’t remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn’t? Jodi Picoult (Plain Truth)

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The good life is not one immune to sadness but one in which suffering contributes to our development. Alain de Botton


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All man’s miseries stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room and do nothing. Blaise Pascal

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Life is made of so many partings welded together. Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)

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

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Ninety-nine percent of your problems are created by you because you take life seriously. Osho

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Nothing changes if nothing changes. Mel Robbins

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Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

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Your sadness is a gift. Don’t reject it. Don’t rush it. Live it fully and use it as fuel to change and grow. Maxime Lagacé

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Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. Rumi


A few thoughts on sadness…

Are you feeling sad right now?

If so, don’t worry. It’s natural and 100% fine.

After all, the perpetually happy life doesn’t exist. It’s only created by ad agencies.

You know that right?

In fact, it’s some people’s job to make us feel inadequate and make us feel like we are missing something.

My answer?

Screw them. You and I are totally fine and we should be proud of the way we are right now.

No, we don’t need to buy another shirt to fit in.

No, buying their products will NOT bring us lasting happiness.

In sum,

you and I must realize this game and get out of it. Now.

Sadness is fine and must be lived.

Shortcuts and hacks don’t work.

Self-understanding and peace do.

The Best Sad Quotes

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sad quotes dont desire happiness because creates only unhappiness nothing else osho wisdom woman sitting lake water

Don’t desire happiness because it creates only unhappiness and nothing else. Osho

Tears are far more beautiful than anything that you have with you, because tears come from the overflow of your being. Osho

It was a fine cry – loud and long – but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow. Toni Morrison (Sula)

Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do. C.S. Lewis (The Silver Chair)

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. Friedrich Nietzsche

How to be unhappy: stay inside all day, move as little as possible, spend more than you earn, take yourself (and life) too seriously, look for reasons why things won’t work, always consume, never contribute, resent the lucky and successful, never say hello first, be unreliable. James Clear

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Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason. Alain de Botton

If you eat, invest, and think according to what the ‘news’ advocates, you’ll end up nutritionally, financially and morally bankrupt. Naval Ravikant

The perfected future never arrives. Life is full of seemingly endless trouble, and then life ends. Find peace in the imperfect present. The Stoic Emperor


Perhaps, somewhere, some day, at a less miserable time, we may see each other again. Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)

You don’t need water to feel like you’re drowning, do you? Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes)

Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah. Leonard Cohen

Never be afraid of tears. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing truth. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing the beauty of life. Osho

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Tears are words the heart can’t express. Gerard Way

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

Blaming other people for things that are going wrong guarantees your continued misery. Justin Kan

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Carl Jung

The opposite of love is indifference. Shane Parrish

When you lose, do not lose the lesson. 14th Dalai Lama

Part 2. Sad Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Sadness Quotes

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Are you seeking a famous quote about sadness? Check out those ones by John Lennon, Eminem, Johnny Depp, Oprah, etc.
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I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. Charlie Chaplin

Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. Emily Brontë

Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel. Tupac

Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting. Peter Pan (Disney)

It’s just that I’m not sure I fit in here. There’s no one I can really talk to. Belle (Beauty and the Beast, Disney)

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Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive. Thich Nhat Hanh

The colder the winter, the warmer the spring. The deeper the sorrow, the more our hearts sing. Bambi (Bambi, Disney)

You said you’d always be there for me, but you’re not. Simba (The Lion King, Disney)

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What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears. Seneca

One thing you can’t hide — is when you’re crippled inside. John Lennon

The funniest people are the saddest ones. Confucius

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

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

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow. William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps. John Lennon

Some people care too much. I think it’s called love. A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

Short Sad Quotes

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One-liners, short sadness quotes, sayings, thoughts, captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Those who do not weep, do not see. Victor Hugo

Lord help my poor soul. Edgar Allan Poe

I am just another dot in the world. Yayoi Kusama

Trifles make the sum of life. Charles Dickens

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We forge the chains we wear in life. Charles Dickens

Every heart has its own skeletons. Leo Tolstoy

Unhappy people focus on what’s missing. Unknown

Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson

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You’re sad because you’re afraid of reality. Maxime Lagacé

In the valley of sorrow, spread your wings. Susan Sontag

It’s much easier not to know things sometimes. Stephen Chbosky

This moment will just be another story someday. Stephen Chbosky

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The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen

I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too? Emily Dickinson

A long life makes acquaintance with a thousand ills. Publilius Syrus


Inspirational Sadness Quotes (Some Are Hard Truths)

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There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. Charles Dickens

No one is really going to help you or give you direction. In fact, the odds are against you. Robert Greene

You’re sad because you’re wasting your potential. You know it, your family knows it, everyone knows it. Do something useful. Carlos Del Valle

Feeling down, lost, confused, angry, jealous are all parts of the human condition. Don’t fight them. Understand them. Accept them. Love them and go beyond them. Maxime Lagacé

Nothing sadder than seeing a person settle for so much lower than their potential. Ed Latimore

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The more you consume, the sadder you get. The sadder you get, the more you consume. Create instead. Maxime Lagacé

That is my work, to transform your life from a sad affair into a celebration. Osho

Sadness is silent, it is yours. It is coming because you are alone. It is giving you a chance to go deeper into your aloneness. Rather than jumping from one shallow happiness to another shallow happiness and wasting your life, it is better to use sadness as a means for meditation. Witness it. It is a friend! It opens the door of your eternal aloneness. Osho

Life needs both: thorns and roses, days and nights, happiness/unhappiness, birth/death. Be a witness to it all and you will know something that is beyond birth, beyond death; something that is beyond darkness and beyond light; something that is beyond happiness, beyond unhappiness. Osho

It’s good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. Rumi

You say: “I did not think it would happen”. Do you think there is anything that will not happen, when you know that it is possible to happen, when you see that it has already happened to many? Seneca

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The human condition is a good one in that no one is unhappy except by his own fault. Seneca

This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion. It can humble us when we’re arrogant and soften us when we are unkind. Pema Chödrön

Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. Malcolm X

Let there be sunshine, let there be rain, let the broken hearted love again. Bruce Springsteen

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

Wise Sayings About Sadness

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Misery comes the moment you become clinging, attached. The moment you put conditions on life. Osho

Everybody wants to destroy misery, but everybody goes on desiring, and by desiring one goes on creating more and more misery. Osho

Happiness is one pole, sadness is another. Blissfulness is one pole, misery is another. Life consists of both, and life is richer because of both. A life only of blissfulness will have extension, but will not have depth. A life of only sadness will have depth, but will not have extension. Osho

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Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming. Rumi

Impermanence of everything is a universal constant. No matter what kind of legacy, family, foundation, or business you’ve created, one day it will disappear and no one will remember anything of your life. Justin Kan

At the heart of every frustration lies a basic structure: the collision of a wish with an unyielding reality. Alain de Botton (The Consolations of Philosophy)

To be more comfortable with yourself, improve your self-knowledge. To improve your self-knowledge, meditate. Maxime Lagacé

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Rejecting the moment creates friction. Friction creates confusion. Confusion creates sadness. Maxime Lagacé

Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life. Eckhart Tolle

Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you. Eckhart Tolle

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. Arthur Schopenhauer


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What if the worst thing that happened to you turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to you? Joe Dispenza

Let’s recap:

  • Being sad is fine. It’s part of life. Give it love, understanding, and acceptance.
  • Remember: sadness can be a springboard to a deeper and more meaningful life.
  • To know true happiness, you need to know sadness.
  • Don’t take sadness too seriously. Live it deeply. Then move on.
  • Your eyes are beautiful because you cried. Your heart is pure because you suffered. And if you suffered, it’s because you lived.

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Are you sad today? What’s your favorite sad quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Note: Any of the quotes here should be not taken as medical advice. If you struggle with sadness or depression, please consult your doctor or mental health professional.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, productivity, education and minimalism.

Finally, he still considers himself a beginner.

You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube.

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October 31, 2022

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    1. You’re right. This wasn’t the easiest article to create.
      But it was still an important one for everyone.
      Sadness is part of life after all.


    1. Hi Yolanda,
      no I wasn’t aware of that. Thank you for letting me know.

      One thing I’ve noticed though is that he was truly a rebel inside.

      His sayings are truly one of a kind and unique (which helps them having more impact).


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