97 Sad Life Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

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Sad Life Quotes and Sayings

It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time. ~ Willie Nelson.

I carry with me a level of sadness so profound that it will be with me forever. ~ Verhoeven.

Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard. ~ David Levithan.

As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong. ~ Tabitha Suzuma.

How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness. ~ Jim Rohn.


Misfortune comes to all men. ~ Chinese Proverb.

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

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

It’s easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. ~ Chuck Palahniuk.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. ~ Oscar Wilde.

Nothing records the effects of a sad life so graphically as the human body. ~ Naguib Mahfouz.

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

A sad thing in life is that sometimes you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end it was never bound to be, and you just have to let go. ~ Will Smith.

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.

Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. ~ Emily Brontë.

For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’ ~ John Greenleaf Whittier.

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

Best Sad Life Quotes and Sayings

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad. ~ Voltaire.

To fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful. ~ Bess Myerson.

Grief comes with many losses. Whatever its cause, grief will come to all of us. ~ Reverend Billy Graham.

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.

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. ~ Mark Twain.

Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must. ~ Bob Dylan.

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

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life. ~ Henry Van Dyke.


Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. ~ Kahlil Gibran.

We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim. ~ R.M. Drake.

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.

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

Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed, or is ashamed of his success. ~ Seneca.

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.

Top Sad Life Quotes and Sayings

Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. ~ Bob Marley.

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. ~ Jim Rohn.

When you feel sad, it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. ~ Mac Miller.

Who except the gods can live without any pain? ~ Aeschylus.

It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of great memories. ~ Bonnie Blair.

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~ Cynthia Nelms.

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 be sad, don’t be angry, if life deceives you! Submit to your grief; your time for joy will come, believe me. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin.

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.

The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith.

Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions. ~ Stefan Kanfer.

It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. ~ Miguel de Unamuno.

Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Some day you will realize what this means. You will know nothing of life till you do. ~ Oscar Wilde.

Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever. ~ Mattie Stepanek.

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

Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue. ~ Andre Gide.


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

Anger, tears and sadness are only for those who have given up. ~ Katie Gill.

Everyone in life is gonna hurt you, you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain. ~ Erica Baican.

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ. ~ John Steinbeck.

My heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken: that is why God sends sorrow into the world. ~ Oscar Wilde.

Popular Sad Life Quotes and Sayings

Man is himself the author of every sorrow he endures. ~ Roman Proverb.

How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us. ~ Fred Rogers.

Tears are words that need to be written. ~ Paulo Coelho.

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. ~ William Mather Lewis.

The sadness will last forever. ~ Vincent Van Gogh.

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

The groundwork of life is sorrow. ~ D.H. Lawrence.

One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead. ~ Oscar Wilde.

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. ~ Baltasar Gracian.

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

There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow. ~ Alfred De Musset

There is no day without sorrow. ~ Roman Proverb.

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

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

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.

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.

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

The bee of sorrow had stung his heart. ~ Isaac Babel.

There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time. ~ C. Joybell C.

Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious. ~ Horace.

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

Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. ~ Lord Byron.

Famous Sad Life Quotes and Sayings

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ~ Khalil Gibran.

Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. ~ Washington Irving.

When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling. ~ Yann Martel.

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

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. ~ Dr. Edward De Bono.

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 Bonnell.

For In every ill-turn of fortune the most unhappy sort of unfortunate man is the one who has been happy. ~ Boethius.

We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. ~ Albert Schweitzer.

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. ~ J. K. Rowling.

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

I have a thousand reasons to die and many millions of tears to cry. ~ Draconian.

This is what it felt like to have a broken heart. It felt less like a cracking down the middle and more like she had swallowed it whole and it sat bruised and bleeding in the pit of her stomach. ~ Wendy Wunder.

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

Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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

The saddest thing that befalls a soul is when it loses faith in God and woman. ~ Alexander Smith.

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

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad. ~ Olive Schreiner.

There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy. ~ Dante.

Life is made of so many partings welded together. ~ Charles Dickens.

Life doesn’t hurt until you think about how much things have changed, who you’ve lost along the way, and how much of it was your fault. ~ Jamila M. Allen.

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I’m Sarah Walton from Quote Tales. I love sharing quotes to inspire and motivate people.