Here are 100 of the best sad quotes. I hope they will make you feel (a little bit) better. And please don’t forget: feeling sad is fine. It’s part of life. You’ll discover comforting quotes by Dalai Lama, da Vinci, Rumi, and more. Enjoy.
Trying to avoid sadness is trying to avoid life. Maxime Lagacé
Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. Leonardo da Vinci
What brings us to tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted. Bob Goff
There are two medicines for all ills: time and silence. Alexander Dumas
Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence. Unknown
When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics. Frank Ocean
Sometimes you laugh because you’ve got no more room for crying. Terry Pratchett
Chasing happiness is guaranteed to make you unhappy. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)
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
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)
The good life is not one immune to sadness but one in which suffering contributes to our development. Alain de Botton
All man’s miseries stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room and do nothing. Blaise Pascal
Life is made of so many partings welded together. Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)
It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. Henry Rollins
Ninety-nine percent of your problems are created by you because you take life seriously. Osho
Nothing changes if nothing changes. Mel Robbins
Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey
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
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.
Screw them. You and I are totally fine and we should be proud 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.
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
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
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
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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I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. Charlie Chaplin Click to tweet
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)
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 Click to tweet
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
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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Those who do not weep, do not see. Victor Hugo (Les Misérables) Click to tweet
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
We forge the chains we wear in life. Charles Dickens
Every heart has its own skeletons. Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)
Unhappy people focus on what’s missing. Unknown
Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson
You’re sad because you’re afraid of reality. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet
In the valley of sorrow, spread your wings. Susan Sontag
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)
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
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Inspirational Sadness Quotes (Some Are Hard Truths)
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
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
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
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
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Wise Sayings About Sadness
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
Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming. Rumi Click to tweet
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
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
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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See also: Four Ways Sadness May Be Good for You (greatergood.berkeley.edu)
Sad Quotes: The Conclusion
What if the worst thing that happened to you turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to you? Joe Dispenza
- Being sad is fine. It’s part of life. Give it love, understanding, 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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