300 Sad Quotes That Will Relieve Your Pain

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Here’s a list of the best sad quotes I’ve found. I hope you’ll feel better after reading them. That’s the only goal. And please never forget: feeling sad is a part of life.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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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 Click to tweet

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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) Click to tweet

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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 Click to tweet

See also: pain quotes, loneliness quotes, failure quotes

The Best Sad Quotes

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

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

Friendship = vulnerability * time. If loneliness is epidemic, this seems like an important part of the fix. Sahil Lavingia

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) Click to tweet

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

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

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

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before – more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle. Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)

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

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

Chasing happiness is guaranteed to make to you unhappy. Ed Latimore

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

When you lose, do not lose the lesson. 14th Dalai Lama (This is one of my favorite sad quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

Part 2. Sad Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Sadness Quotes (John Lennon, Eminem, Oprah, etc.)

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I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. Charlie Chaplin Click to tweet

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

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

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

When you feel like you’ve had it up to here, and you’re mad enough to scream, but you’re sad enough to tear, that’s rock bottom. Eminem

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

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)

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

The funniest people are the saddest ones. Confucius

The sadness will last forever. Vincent van Gogh

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone. Robin Williams

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

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)

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

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

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Short Sad Quotes

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One liners, short sad quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds, tattoos, SMS, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

Lord help my poor soul. Edgar Allan Poe Click to tweet

Trifles make the sum of life. Charles Dickens

Every heart has its own skeletons. Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

Those who do not weep, do not see. Victor Hugo (Les Misérables)

Nothing changes if nothing changes. Mel Robbins

I am just another dot in the world. Yayoi Kusama

We forge the chains we wear in life. Charles Dickens

Unhappy people focus on what’s missing. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson

The trouble is, you think you have time. Jack Kornfield

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

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

It’s much easier not to know things sometimes. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

This moment will just be another story someday. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

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

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

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Inspirational And Motivational Sad Quotes (Some Are Hard Truths)

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There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. Charles Dickens Click to tweet

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’ve learned more from pain than I could’ve ever learned from pleasure. Unknown

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

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

I have seen great beauty of spirit in some who were great sufferers […] and I have seen the last illness produce treasures of fortitude and meekness from most unpromising subjects. C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain)

Its 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

Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity. Yoko Ono

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

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything. William Faulkner

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

See also: positive quotes, strength quotes

Sad Quotes That Are Helpful

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Here are a few lines you can say to help you and your sad friend.

The wound is the place where the light enters you. Rumi Click to tweet

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

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure. Rumi

People have said, “Don’t cry” to other people for years and years, and all it has ever meant is, “I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings. Don’t cry”. I’d rather have them say, “Go ahead and cry. I’m here to be with you. Fred Rogers

If you’re feeling sad, remember soon you’ll forget and move on with life. Your grief is transitory. If you’re going to let go anyway, why not do so immediately? If you don’t cling to your grief you won’t suffer. Life is a river, flow with it. Don’t hold onto anything. Let go. The Ancient Sage

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

If you’re sad, it’s okay to acknowledge your sadness. If you have pain that leaves you at a loss, it’s okay to talk about it. The reason we have difficulties is that we’re unable to accept the things that can’t be changed. Let them be and see what happens. Haemin Sunim

Clouds release their sadness by crying until they can cry no more. When they have no tears left, they feel a great weight has been lifted, as heavy as the tears they’ve shed. We can release our sadness into the sky within us. When we feel sad, it’s okay to cry like the clouds. Haemin Sunim

Listen. Really, really listen if someone opens up to you about their mental health. A response isn’t always needed, but a compassionate ear is. @RealAnxietyMan

Most people think that if they move somewhere else and change their environment, everything will change. Usually they end up re-creating the same results they had elsewhere. If you want to change your world, change your beliefs. Neil Strauss

Whenever sorrow comes, be kind to it. For God has placed a pearl in sorrow’s hand. Rumi

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

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. Rumi

Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure. Rumi Click to tweet

In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be sad about what you do not have. Instead, be happy about what you do have. If you will be sad about what you don’t have, you will not be happy about what you do have. Leo Tolstoy

“Be grateful to everyone” means that all situations teach you, and often it’s the tough ones that teach you best. Pema Chödrön

It’s just hard to see a friend hurt this much. Especially when you can’t do anything except ‘be there.’ I just want to make him stop hurting, but I can’t. So I just follow him around whenever he wants to show me his world. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

It’s nice to have things to look forward to! Stephen Chbosky

Keep busy at something: a busy person never has time to be unhappy. Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. M. Kathleen Casey

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

Suffering is a gift; in its hidden mercy. Rumi

See also: Rumi quotes on sadness, pain and healing

See also: How to Help a Depressed Friend (healthline.com) or What to Say When Someone Is Depressed (verywellmind.com)

Deep Sad Quotes (Some Are Very Profound And Dark)

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

I was weeping again, drunk on the impossible past. Vladimir Nabokov

Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow. Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

The most difficult battles that you will fight in your life is that between your mind who knows the truth and your heart that refuse to accept it. Paulo Coelho

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

It is easier to be miserable because the whole crowd is miserable. It feels more comfortable to be with the crowd than to be alone. Osho

Modern society tends to emphasize buoyancy and cheerfulness but we have to admit that reality is, for the most part, about grief and loss. Alain de Botton

Most of our life is a battle, a strain, the anxiety, the guilt, the despair, the immense sense of loneliness and sorrow, that is our life. That is actually what is and we are unwilling to face it. Jiddu Krishnamurti

We are at war with ourselves, unhappy, dissatisfied, seeking something which we don’t know, violent, aggressive, corrupt, astonishingly miserable and lonely and suffering a great deal. Somehow we don’t seem to be able to get out of this, to be free of these conditionings. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The worst kind of sad is not being able to explain why. Unknown

But now the joy is gone and the sadness is back, the sadness feels like something deserved, the price of some not-quite-forgotten betrayal. Stephen King

Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don’t believe in the good old words because we don’t believe in good old values anymore. And that’s why the world is sick. Lin Yutang

I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. Edgar Allan Poe

In every parting there is an image of death. George Eliot

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. Mother Theresa

Don’t worry about me. Go and enjoy yourself. I’ll stay here and be miserable. Eeyore (Disney)

Bad things happen and you can’t do anything about it. Timon (The Lion King)

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Wise Sad Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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

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

The more secrets you have, the less happy you’re going to be. Naval Ravikant

The fundamental delusion – there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever. Naval Ravikant

With self-knowledge and self-awareness, you become comfortable with the uncomfortable parts of yourself. With meditation, you learn about yourself. Maxime Lagacé

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)

He soon felt that the fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected. This fulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires. Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

Sadness is a force of great depth and breadth. Too much sadness leads us to be passive, depressive, self-pitying and incapable of action. Too little leads us to be superficial, indifferent, repressing and lacking in sensitivity. changetools.co.uk

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

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

Sorrow is an inextricable part of life. Whoever lives experiences it. There’s no escape. If we understand this then we would stop bewailing every misfortune that occurs. Life is a bargain. You want joy but you can’t have it without suffering. You must accept the whole package. The Ancient Sage

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

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

Most of the trouble in life comes from misunderstanding. Lucy Maud Montgomery

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

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See also: Four Ways Sadness May Be Good for You (greatergood.berkeley.edu)

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Sad Quotes About Life

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Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. Margaret Mitchell Click to tweet

Life is a series of distractions from existential dread. Sahil Lavingia

That’s what happens to dreams, life gets in the way. Jodi Picoult (Handle With Care)

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation. Charlotte Brontë

We never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so. Blaise Pascal

Living with courage is facing reality. Facing reality is accepting that life is not only about happiness. On the contrary, it’s monstly about challenges, fears and sadness. Maxime Lagacé

If you get more excited by the ways in which you entertain yourself than what you actually do or produce, you’ll never really be happy – you’ll just be constantly escaping. Tanner Guzy

Every thought a person dwells upon, whether he expresses it or not, either damages or improves his life. Lucy Mallory

We try to escape from life, go to a temple or a club, follow a new guru or become a hippy, or take to drink, or join a society which promises us something – anything to escape. Jiddu Krishnamurti

A person who does not have a pleasant life is not living sensibly, nobly, and justly, and conversely the person who does not have these virtues cannot live pleasantly. Epicurus

Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once. Paulo Coelho

Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy. Milton Erickson Click to tweet

It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. Eckhart Tolle

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. And that’s the revelation for some people: to realize that your life is only ever now. Eckhart Tolle

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

See also: stoic quotes

Sad Quotes About Love

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Morning without you is a dwindled dawn. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet

How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words. David Foster Wallace (The Pale King)

There is no hatred in my love for you. Only a sadness I feel all the more strongly for my inability to explain or describe it. David Foster Wallace

The more you love, the greater the risk. The less you love, the greater the regrets. Maxime Lagacé

To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing. Dorothy Thompson

The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook)

If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. Emily Brontë

I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. Emily Brontë

Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth)

Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them. Herman Hesse

If you love her you’ll let her go and if it’s real you’ll spend a part of every day for the rest of your life wondering what her day is like. Unknown

I didn’t mean to fall in love, but I did. And you didn’t mean to hurt me, but you did. Unknown

It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember. Unknown

I felt deeply tricked. Stunned. And furious. I also felt my default emotion: numbness. Augusten Burroughs

The heart is the only broken instrument that works. T.E. Kalem

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. George Eliot

And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

Love is an incurable disease. In love, there is permanent suffering. Those who love and those who are happy are not the same. Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life)

When two people part, it is the one who is not in love who makes the tender speeches. Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life)

Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of self pity and pain. Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars)

But I must admit I miss you terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby. Lemony Snicket (The Beatrice Letters)

If you care about somebody, you should want them to be happy. Even if you wind up being left out. Stephen Chbosky

See also: forgiveness quotes

Sad Quotes About Pain And Suffering

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Kahlil Gibran Click to tweet

People go through so much pain trying to avoid pain. Neil Strauss

Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment. Friedrich Nietzsche

Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. Rosa Parks

Most of the emotional pain we feel is self-inflicted. Remember: it is still your choice to feel injured, or not. Maxime Lagacé

One’s suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields – even to sadness. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Meditation has taught me that suffering is a crucial part of life rather than something to be overcome. Charlie Ambler

Where there is pleasure there is pain. You cannot have one without the other. We demand more pleasure and therefore invite more pain. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The world is a mere succession of fortunes made and lost, lessons learned and forgotten and learned again. Rich Cohen

You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light. Sogyal Rinpoche

Nothing can trouble you but your own imagination. Nisargadatta Maharaj

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. Jon Kabat-Zinn Click to tweet

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not. C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain)

When we suffer, notice that our suffering is often made of thoughts. As our inner commentary ceases, notice that the suffering stops, too. Haemin Sunim

If we do not express our disappointment, it will start to build up and transform into a more difficult emotion, such as anger, hurt, or even betrayal. It is best to share your disappointment in a non-critical way, rather than leaving it to build up inside you. Haemin Sunim

I wanna outrace the speed of pain. Marilyn Manson

Rather than persecuting yourself or feeling that something terribly wrong is happening, right there in the moment of sadness and longing, could you relax and touch the limitless space of the human heart? Pema Chödrön

The first noble truth of the Buddha is that when we feel suffering, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong. What a relief. Pema Chödrön

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell

See also: patience quotes

See also: Healing Emotional Pain: How to Recover When Life Crushes You (psychologytoday.com)

Sad Quotes About Depression And Despair

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I am out with lanterns, looking for myself. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet

Having depression is being in an abusive relationship with yourself. Emily Dotterer

Don’t let your heart be colonized by fear. Jack Kornfield

Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different. J.K. Rowling

I’ve seen darkness but always kept one thing in my heart: hope. Maxime Lagacé

To tell you the truth, I’ve just been avoiding everything. Stephen Chbosky

And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have. Good and bad. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare. Ned Vizzini

When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling. Yann Martel (Life of Pi)

Things not to joke about: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, ptsd, cancer, panic attacks, autism, ocd, people who have died, disabilities, rape, suicide. Mental Health Notes (@depressionnote)

As a person who suffers from depression, there are days when the enormity of it, feels like it defines you. But remember you are so much more than an illness. Don’t give up on yourself. Be kind be well. Bob Morley

Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seem like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it’s in your bones and your blood. Jasmine Warga (My Heart and Other Black Holes)

So many words to say and no way to say them. Unknown

To that one soul reading this, I know you’re tired. You’re fed up. You’re so close to breaking. But there’s strength within you, even when you are weak. Keep fighting. Unknown (Please let me know if I can help: maxime.lagace@gmail.com or check out Coping with Depression by helpguide.org)

None of us expected to have depression/anxiety. There was no way for most of us to prepare for it. It showed up and rocked our world. But it also showed us the tremendous strength and resilience we have in us. You will get this under control. @RealAnxietyMan

Depression can be extreme. Some of us have to dig deep to make it through each passing hour. If this is you – keep going. If all you can do is make it through the next hour – keep doing that. You will find peace. There is an answer. @RealAnxietyMan

Your only sin is that you have forgotten who you really are. You are not just a dangling fragile leaf but the entire tree. Haemin Sunim

I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Henry Rollins

I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Despair is the belief that tomorrow will be just like today. Rob Bell

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again. Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

Those who are silent often say more than those who speak volumes. B. D. Schiers

We’re afraid that this anger or sorrow or loneliness is going to last forever. Instead, acting it out is what makes it last. Pema Chödrön

When we are present and awake, emotions have a short lifespan, but when we’re unconscious, they can last for years. Pema Chödrön

See also: inner peace, meditation quotes

See also: On Feeling Depressed (Animated YouTube video by The School of Life) or 10 Scientific Reasons You’re Feeling Depressed (psychologytoday.com)

Quotes About Feeling Sad And Unhappiness

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Whatsoever you possess will not give you contentment. The mind, the ego, will always feel unfulfilled. Osho Click to tweet

The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness. Friedrich Nietzsche

Seeking happiness is seeking sadness too. They are two sides of the same coin. Being wise is letting go of the coin. Maxime Lagacé

If any person is unhappy, it’s because he wished for happiness. Thibaut

We are most easily deceived by that which we most desire. The Stoic Emperor

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. G.K. Chesterton (Heretics)

Unhappiness can’t stick in a person’s soul when it’s slick with tears. Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)

Constantly chasing happiness is the best way to stay unhappy. Kunal

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth)

Unhappiness is created whenever you are out of alignment with the present moment. Eckhart Tolle Click to tweet

I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway. J.D. Salinger

I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they? J.D. Salinger

We seek happiness in external things without realizing that they don’t help when we have problems within. We need to focus instead on the joy that comes with peace of mind that allows us to remain happy whatever happens. 14th Dalai Lama

Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he’s devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves. David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

Like many I’ve spent my whole life trying to source approval from the outside world to fill a hole in my heart. I’ve tried to fill it with money, fame and success. But whether it’s $50 or $50m, or 50k twitter followers, everything I’ve thrown down the well has never been enough. Justin Kan

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

We can never “have it all” because “having it all” is a moving target. Paul Portesi

The pleasure comes, the pleasure goes. Then there is a massive void, a vacuum, which one is compelled to refill with another pleasure. Kapil Gupta

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark. Zen proverb

See also: zen quotes

See also: How to Stop Being Sad (oprahmag.com)

Sad Quotes About Melancholia And Memories

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Melancholy is the happiness of being sad. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

Time brought resignation and a melancholy sweeter than common joy. Emily Brontë

There is pleasure in feeding one’s melancholy…some shadow of daintiness and luxury that flatters us. Michel de Montaigne

Melancholia is your mind trying to be happy again today. Maxime Lagacé

Our minds are so scared to live in the moment that it revives what it knows: the good old days. Maxime Lagacé

No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories. Haruki Murakami

In order properly to be content, we need to learn, sometimes, the art of being constructively in touch with our sadder, more melancholy feelings. Alan de Botton (See also: How to be sad, animated YouTube video by The School of Life)

And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy. Edgar Allan Poe

Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night. Virginia Woolf

The melancholy facts shouldn’t make us desperate, rather more forgiving, kinder, and better able to focus on what really matters, while there is still time. Alain de Botton

Melancholy is a species of sadness that arises when we are open to the fact that life is inherently difficult and that suffering and disappointment are core parts of universal experience. It’s not a disorder that needs to be cured. Alain de Botton (See also his YouTube channel)

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. Jan Glidewell

But if you want to leave, you can. I’ll remember you though. I remember everyone that leaves. Lilo (Lilo & Stitch, Disney)

Goodbye may seem forever, farewell is like the end, but in my heart is a memory and there you’ll always be. Widow Tweed (The Fox And The Hound, Disney)

Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness. H.P. Lovecraft

The sad ones are those who waste their energy in trying to hold it back, for they can only feel bitterness in loss and no joy in gain. John Steinbeck

Life is lost waiting for the happiest moments and only realizing you’ve lived them once they become memories. Leo Christopher

The moments I most want to forget will be the lessons that stick with me forever. Leo Christopher

Don’t let the sadness from the past and fear of the future ruin the happiness of the present. Kid Cudi

Maybe it’s sad that these are now memories. And maybe it’s not sad. Stephen Chbosky

See also: freedom quotes

See also: On Feeling Melancholy (Excellent animated YouTube video by The School of Life)

Sad Quotes About Loneliness

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It’s okay to be alone, to be sad, to rest and repair. Really. Susan Cain Click to tweet

I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it’s good for me. Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

A multitude of people and yet a solitude. Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)

Feeling lonely is about feeling disconnected from others, from reality, but most of all, from your self. There are not shortcuts to reconnect with your self: you close your eyes, you listen for 10 minutes, and you repeat the next day. Maxime Lagacé

Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? Haruki Murakami (Sputnik Sweetheart)

Nearly everyone has his box of secret pain, shared with no one. John Steinbeck Click to tweet

Loneliness as a situation can be corrected, but as a state of mind it is an incurable illness. Vladimir Nabokov

The engulfing sorrow of loneliness seems to spread endlessly and we seek constantly to escape from it with hope and faith, with amusement and distraction. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Maybe I am better off alone, no disappointments, no expectations, just alone. Unknown

We’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we’ve never even met? David Foster Wallace (This Is Water)

Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing. Fred Rogers

See also: solitude quotes

See also: How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation (womansday.com)

Sad Quotes About Death, Losing Someone, Grief And Sorrow

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The past is never dead. It’s not even past. William Faulkner Click to tweet

Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated. Alphonse de Lamartine

The day I knew I was healed is the day I said “thank you for the memories”. Maxime Lagacé

Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them. Emily Dickinson

It always is harder to be left behind than to be the one to go. Bodie Thoene

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. José N. Harris

It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different. Maya Angelou

The first pressure of sorrow crushes out from our hearts the best wine; afterwards the constant weight of it brings forth bitterness, – the taste and stain from the lees of the vat. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Death doesn’t make you sad – it makes you empty. That’s what’s so bad about it. All of your charms and beliefs and funny habits fall fast through a big black hole, and suddenly you know they’re gone because just as suddenly, there’s nothing left at all inside. Jonathan Carroll

It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears. Ovid Click to tweet

Sorrow like rain makes roses and mud. Austin O’Malley

And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed. Sarah Waters (The Little Stranger)

Joy comes to us like butterflies, but sorrow like wasps. James Lendall Basford

It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. Cicero

Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…it is the price of love. Unknown

No one ever tells you that at some point in your life you should expect you’re going to be broken, and that it will be okay. Leo Christopher

Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it. Albert Smith

To weep is to make less the depth of grief. William Shakespeare

More death quotes

See also: When someone we love has died (Animated YouTube video by The School of Life)

Sad Quotes About Crying

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Let your tears come. Let them water your soul. Eileen Mayhew Click to tweet

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

As you cry in sadness, fear, or confusion, you cleanse the body and spirit of toxins. Iyanla Vanzant

Laughter is social. Crying is natural, very deep, unlearned, original. Osho

Never be ashamed of your tears. Be proud that you are still natural. Be proud that you can express the inexpressible through your tears. Osho

And presently I was driving through the drizzle of the dying day, with the windshield wipers in full action but unable to cope with my tears. Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)

If you must cry, cry like a child. The first thing you learned in life was to cry. Never forget that showing your emotions is liberating. Paulo Coelho

If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again. C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars. Violeta Parra

What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul. Jewish proverb

See also: humility quotes

Sad Quotes About Friendship And Relationships

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Eventually people stop reaching out. Slowly at first. Then all at once. Shane Parrish Click to tweet

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem. Richard Bach

All any of us wanted, really, was to know that we counted. That someone else’s life would not have been as rich without us here. Jodi Picoult (Handle With Care)

Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding. Unknown

It’s no company at all, when people know nothing and say nothing. Emily Brontë

I wish to use my last hours of ease and strength in telling the strange story of my experience. I have never fully unbosomed myself to any human being; I have never been encouraged to trust much in the sympathy of my fellow-men. George Eliot

Having high expectations, for your life and your relationships, is the fastest road to misery. Maxime Lagacé

Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly. David Foster Wallace

The point is not that this world is too sad to love or too glad not to love; the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more. G.K. Chesterton

Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it’s better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together. Unknown

Embrace a philosophy of pessimism. Every human will disappoint you, and you’ll do the same to them. Alain de Botton

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

When your heart can cry another’s sadness, then your heart is full of love. Fred Rogers

More friendship quotes, ego quotes

Quotes About Sadness, Happiness And Attitude

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In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. Friedrich Nietzsche Click to tweet

One day, count all your blessings, and you will know how happy you are. Yoko Ono

Taking drugs and thinking that you are happy is like taking a loan and thinking you have money. Thibaut

Happiness is just happiness. Sadness is just sadness. Both emotions come and go. If we can give up our desire to only experience pleasant things, and also give up our fear of experiencing unpleasant things, we will experience a quieter, calmer mind. Andy Puddicombe (Founder of headspace.com)

Expect the unexpected: failures, sadness, illness and even death. After all, they are all part of life, right? Maxime Lagacé

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. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance. Osho

There is no joy for the one who does not bear sadness, there is no sweetness for the one who does not have patience, there is no delight for the one who does not suffer, and there is no relaxation for the one who does not endure fatigue. Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo (Les Misérables) Click to tweet

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. 14th Dalai Lama

Every problem has a gift for you in its hands. Richard Bach

See also: attitude quotes

Part 4. Conclusion

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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 Click to tweet

What is your favorite sad quote? Would you like to add another one here? Please let me know in the comment section below!

Call to action: Read Uncomfortable with Feeling Sadness? These Tips Might Help (psychcentral.com)

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.

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

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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

You can find him on twitter, linkedin, quora, strava, sportstats, pinterest, youtube, instagram or facebook.

Feel free to contact him at any time for questions or help at maxime.lagace@gmail.com.

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