100+ Sadness Quotes

  1. 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.-Akhenaton
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends.-African Proverb
  6. Tears are words the heart can’t express.-Unknown
  7. 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
  8. Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.-Christina Georgina Rossetti
  9. 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
  10. If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  14. …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
  15. 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
  16. Sadness is always the legacy of the past; regrets are pains of the memory.-Unknown
  17. We gather strength from sadness and from pain Each time we die we learn to live again.-Unknown
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.-Psalms
  22. Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.-Jimi Hendrix
  23. There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.-Dante
  24. 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.-Aristotle
  25. Why do we love the solitude and the solitude? My dear, you need only look into your own darkness-enshrouded spirit to find out.-Anonymous
  26. When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions.-William Shakespeare
  27. A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting the neighbor’s.-Richard Whately
  28. 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
  29. What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.-Ovid
  30. Much like the hands of a clock go nowhere fast, anxious thoughts run us round-and-round without taking us anywhere!-Guy Finley
  31. The only thing worried thoughts have the power to change is what the next thing will be for you to worry over!-Guy Finley
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. Smile, even if it’s a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile.-Unknown
  35. 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.-Silvetris
  36. There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.-Robery Alden
  37. Those who fear the darkness have no idea what the light can do.-Katasai Rakshasa
  38. Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.-Kahlil Gibran
  39. There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know.-Tupper
  40. 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
  41. Dwelling on the past only blinds you to the future.-Andrew Boyd
  42. It was then, staring into the fear, that my tortured existence was truly born.-Anonymous
  43. We ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.-Anonymous
  44. We are more unhappy to see people ahead of us than happy to see people behind us.-Montaigne
  45. …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
  46. Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.-Oscar Wilde
  47. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.- Seuss
  48. All good things must come to an end, but all bad things can continue forever.
  49. The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.-Jim Rohn
  50. 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
  51. Beauty and sadness always go together. Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth Upon the earth without a meet alloy.-George MacDonald
  52. 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
  53. I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.-Shakespeare
  54. I found more joy in sorrow than you could find in joy.-Sara Teasdale
  55. Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.-Andre Gide
  56. If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you.-Yiddish Proverb
  57. Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.-Boethius
  58. Since unhappiness excites interest, many, in order to render themselves interesting, feign unhappiness.
  59. Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.-Dag Hammarskjold
  60. Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.-Washington Irving
  61. My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.-Olive Schreiner
  62. Why is my existence so perfect with dark places? And why do I no longer care?-Lemuel W. H. Ranier
  63. It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.-Jeremy Taylor
  64. I talk to God but the sky is empty.-Sylvia Plath
  65. Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.-Gloria Steinem
  66. The absence of love is the most abject pain.-Herr Lipp
  67. There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.-Sylvia Plath
  68. The people in the darker parts of society need God as much as anyone else.-Anonymous
  69. 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
  70. 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
  71. It’s easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die.-Chuck Palahniuk
  72. Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness its poison.-Lord Chesterfield
  73. Smile, even if it’s a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile
  74. 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
  75. 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
  76. 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
  77. Hating people is like burning down your house to kill a rat.-Henry Fosdick
  78. As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.-Leonardo da Vinci
  79. 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
  80. It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.-Eric Hoffer
  81. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.-Helen Keller
  82. Anger, tears and sadness are only for those who have given up.-Katie Gill
  83. The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.-Carl Gustav Jung
  84. 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
  85. 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
  86. 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
  87. Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.-Cynthia Nelms
  88. In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.-Charlie Brown
  89. Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.-Marcus Aurelius
  90. 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.- W. Dale
  91. 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
  92. Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed, or is ashamed of his success.-Seneca
  93. 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
  94. Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.-Jean Jacques Rousseau
  95. 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
  96. Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.-Kahlil Gibran
  97. Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  98. There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.-Alfred De Musset
  99. When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.-William Shakespeare
  100. Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions.-Stefan Kanfer
  101. 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

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