111+ Sad Quotes That Will Teach You a Lesson

Sad Quotes
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Sad Quotes

1. “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
José N. Harris Sad Quotes

2. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”

José N. Harris
Paulo Coelho Sad Quotes

3. “Tears are words that need to be written.”

Paulo Coelho
Lauren Conrad Sad Quotes

4. “Don’t cry over someone who wouldn’t cry over you.”

Lauren Conrad
Brian Jacques Sad Quotes

5. “Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”

Brian Jacques
Nicholas Sparks Sad Quotes

6. “There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”

Nicholas Sparks
John Lennon Sad Quotes

7. “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
Jasmine Warga Sad Quotes

8. “Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”

Jasmine Warga
Katerina Stoykova Klemer Sad Quotes

9. “There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.”

Katerina Stoykova Klemer
Sarah Addison Allen Sad Quotes

10. “Sometimes you weren’t supposed to share pain. Sometimes it was best just to deal with it alone.”

Sarah Addison Allen

11. “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

12. “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. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”


13. “The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

Carl Jung

14. “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

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

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono Sad Quotes

16. “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”

Kahlil Gibran

17. “Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.”


18. “Keep smiling… and one day life will get tired of upsetting you.”

Nitya Prakash

19. “Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever”


20. “You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis Sad Quotes

21. “You’ll never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Bob Marley

22. “You say you care but you leave me alone to cry”


23. “What brings us to tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted.”

Bob Goff

24. “It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of great memories.”

Bonnie Blair

25. “I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying”

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin Sad Quotes

26. “Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel.”

Tupac Shakur

27. “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

28. “When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics.”

Frank Ocean

29. “Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence”


30. “Sometimes you laugh because you’ve got no more room for crying.”

Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett Sad Quotes

31. “I learned how to be happy because I know what unhappiness felt like.”

Lilly Singh

32. “People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.”

Johnny Depp

33. “Blaming other people for things that are going wrong guarantees your continued misery.”

Justin Kan

34. “Tears are words the heart can’t express.”

Gerard Way

35. “Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci Sad Quotes

36. “Chasing happiness is guaranteed to make you unhappy.”

Ed Latimore

37. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

Oprah Winfrey

38. “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”


39. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”


40. “Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop so oner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”

C.S. Lewis
Rumi Sad Quotes

41. “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

42. “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

43. “Never be afraid of tears. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing truth. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing the beauty of life.”


44. “When you lose, do not lose the lesson.”

Dalai Lama

45. “The funniest people are the saddest ones.”

Confucius Sad Quotes

46. “Unhappy people focus on what’s missing.”


47. “There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”

Charles Dickens

48. “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

49. “What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.”


50. “The colder the winter, the warmer the spring. The deeper the sorrow, the more our hearts sing.”

Seneca Sad Quotes

51. “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.”


52. “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”


53. “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

54. “Suffering is a gift, in its hidden mercy.”


55. “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”

Rumi Sad Quotes

56. “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

57. “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

58. “Most of the trouble in life comes from misunderstanding.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery

59. “It’s human nature not to realize the true value of something unless they lose it.”


60. “Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”

Clive Barker
Clive Barker Sad Quotes

61. “Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.”

Markus Zusak

62. “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

63. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

E.A. Bucchianeri

64. “The saddest thing is to bea minute to someone, when you’ve made them your eternity.”

Sanober Khan

65. “The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.”

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Louis-Ferdinand Céline Sad Quotes

66. “The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.”

Alain de Botton

67. “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

Oscar Wilde

68. “It always is harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…”

Bodie Thoene

69. “Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear.”

Joshua Wisenbaker

70. “I don’t like depending on people because people leave all the time. Because at the end of the day all you have is yourself and that has to be enough”

Joshua Wisenbaker Sad Quotes

71. “Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions.”

Stefan Kanfer

72. “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”

Jim Rohn

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


74. “Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.”

Cynthia Nelms

75. “Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Antoine de Saint-Exupery Sad Quotes

76. “You’re sad because you’re afraid of reality”


77. “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

78. “The good life is not one immune to sadness but one in which suffering contributes to our development.”

Alain de Botton

79. “Tears are far more beautiful than anything that you have with you, because tears come from the overflow of your being.”


80. “Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.”

Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton Sad Quotes

81. “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

82. “One thing you can’t hide, is when you’re crippled inside.”

John Lennon

83. “Saying nothing sometimes says the most.”

Emily Dickinson

84. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

Jonathan Safran Foer

85. “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 no

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Jonathan Safran Foer Sad Quotes

86. “The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.”

Nikolai V. Gogol

87. “Why do beautiful songs make you sad?’ ‘Because they aren’t true.’ ‘Never?’ ‘Nothing is beautiful and true.”

Jonathan Safran Foer

88. “Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.

Virginia Woolf

89. “When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”

Yann Martel

90. “I am intrigued by the smile upon your face, and the sadness within your eyes”

Jeremy Aldana
Yann Martel Sad Quotes

91. “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

92. “Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”

Mark Haddon

93. “We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim.”

R.M. Drake

94. “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

95. “Nobody knows about the little meltdowns I have when I’m alone. They only know about the smiles and laughs I show them”

Bob Dylan Sad Quotes

96. “Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must.”

Bob Dylan

97. “I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”

Lauren Oliver

98. “My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.”

Olive Schreiner

99. “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

100. “All man’s miseries stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room and do nothing.”

Blaise Pascal
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Sad Quotes

101. “You don’t need water to feel like you’re drowning, do you?”

Jodi Picoult

102. “Life is made of so many partings welded together.”

Charles Dickens

103. “Don’t desire happiness because it creates only unhappiness and nothing else.”


104. “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

105. “Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche Sad Quotes

106. “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

107. “Those who do not weep, do not see.”

Victor Hugo

108. “It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”

Stephen Chbosky

109. “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

110. “Rejecting the moment creates friction. Friction creates confusion. Confusion creates sadness.”

Maxime Lagacé
Arthur Schopenhauer Sad Quotes

111. “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”

Arthur Schopenhauer
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