Sad Quotes On Life & Reality

The following collection of sad life quotes allow us to feel and articulate our feelings and when we’re ready, they can motivate us to move forward in life.

Life can be challenging sometimes and it’s completely normal to feel sad about it.

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain and no one is promised anything. That doesn’t mean that we can’t try to be positive and see the bright side of things; but it’s just also important to be aware that there are some things that we might have little control over, or at least limited influence on.

Although being aware of this fact does not make things easier in the short run, it does give us a better perspective on things in the long run. It is okay that some things might not always work out how we want them to, because that’s just life.

Below are 48 of the best sad quotes and images. Remember, that feeling sad is normal and shouldn’t be ‘swept under the carpet’. We do hope that these quotes will help by articulating your sadness, give you the space you need and also remind you of your strength. Stay strong.

Sad Quotes About Life


sad quotes about life


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


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

quotes about sadness Mark Twain


Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. Leo Buscaglia


Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it’s there if you look deep. Taraji P. Henson


quotes about sadness


One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day. Peter Ustinov


When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always. Mahatma Gandhi


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


We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness. Pierre Corneille


It’s a sad man my friend who’s livin’ in his own skin and can’t stand the company. Bruce Springsteen


The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together. Saadi


Nobody understands another’s sorrow, and nobody another’s joy. Franz Schubert


Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul. Oscar Wilde


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


We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration. Alanis Morissette


Dying is only one thing to be sad over… Living unhappily is something else. Morrie Schwartz


Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Red Skelton


Sad Quotes That Make You Cry


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


In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast. Henry Ward Beecher


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

sad quotes that make you cry


We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


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


Crying is cleansing. There’s a reason for tears, happiness or sadness. Dionne Warwick


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


It’s a source of great sadness to me that my father died without having seen me do anything worthwhile. He was constantly having to make excuses for me. Daniel Day-Lewis


Tears are words that need to be written. Paulo Coelho


Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy. William Gilmore Simms


Famous Quotes About Sadness


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


famous quotes about sadness


Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. H. G. Wells


Oh, I am very weary, though tears no longer flow; My eyes are tired of weeping, My heart is sick of woe. Anne Bronte


Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. Emily Bronte


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


Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt… doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness. Comte de Lautreamont


The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. Sophocles


The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Jung


It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory. F. Scott Fitzgerald


If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhileness I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough. Audrey Hepburn


Sad Reality of Life Quotes


sad reality of life quotes


It is one of the most saddening things in life that, try as we may, we can never be certain of making people happy, whereas we can almost always be certain of making them unhappy. Thomas Huxley


Grief is never something you get over. You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that; now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honour the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity. Terri Irwin


The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire. Lemony Snicket


I really believe that all of us have a lot of darkness in our souls. Anger, rage, fear, sadness. I don’t think that’s only reserved for people who have horrible upbringings. I think it really exists and is part of the human condition. I think in the course of your life you figure out ways to deal with that. Kevin Bacon


If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. Joseph Campbell


I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness. Nana Mouskouri


Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is! Dita Von Teese


Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either. Golda Meir


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



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