Sadness is an intense feeling that we all experience at different points in our lives often as a result of unfavorable events or hardships.
Life is everything from scripted, full of unpredictability and unexpected turns, which is what makes it so compelling.
Both pleasure and suffering should be seen as essential components of our emotional spectrum, giving us crucial lessons as we negotiate life’s difficulties.
We’ve curated a collection of sad life quotes about sorrow and despair to help you get a better understanding of the human condition.
Through these meaningful and thought-provoking sad quotes about life and grief, you will obtain a deeper knowledge of life’s complexities.
Best Sad Life Quotes
It’s easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. ~ Chuck Palahniuk.
It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. ~ Henry Rollins.
Anger, tears and sadness are only for those who have given up. ~ Katie Gill.
Nothing records the effects of a sad life so graphically as the human body. ~ Naguib Mahfouz.
Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. ~ Baltasar Gracian.
The sadness will last forever. ~ Vincent Van Gogh.
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.
It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. ~ Miguel de Unamuno.
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.
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ. ~ John Steinbeck.
We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. ~ Albert Schweitzer.
The groundwork of life is sorrow. ~ D.H. Lawrence.
To fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful. ~ Bess Myerson.
Profound Sad Life Quotes
Joy comes to us like butterflies, but sorrow like wasps. ~ James Lendall Basford.
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. ~ Jim Rohn.
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.
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.
Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. ~ Kahlil Gibran.
When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling. ~ Yann Martel.
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.
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.
It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of great memories. ~ Bonnie Blair.
Sometimes you laugh because you’ve got no more room for crying. ~ Terry Pratchett.
Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever. ~ Mattie Stepanek.
One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead. ~ Oscar Wilde.
My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad. ~ Olive Schreiner.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ~ Khalil Gibran.
Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.
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.
Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. ~ Lord Byron.
You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. ~ Jonathan Safran Foe.
Top Sad Life Quotes
I carry with me a level of sadness so profound that it will be with me forever. ~ Verhoeven.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy. ~ Dante.
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. ~ Norman Cousins.
Life is made of so many partings welded together. ~ Charles Dickens.
My heart is broken, hearts are made to be broken: that is why God sends sorrow into the world. ~ Oscar Wilde.
Dying seems less sad than having lived too little. ~ Gloria Steinem.
Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~ Cynthia Nelms.
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.
What brings us to tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted. ~ Bob Goff.
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.
Misfortune comes to all men. ~ Chinese Proverb.
Nearly everyone has his box of secret pain, shared with no one. ~ John Steinbeck.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. ~ Oscar Wilde.
When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics. ~ Frank Ocean.
Emotional Sad Life Quotes
Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. ~ Bob Marley.
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.
It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. ~ Henry Rollins.
Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. ~ J. K. Rowling.
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.
What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears. ~ Seneca.
For In every ill-turn of fortune the most unhappy sort of unfortunate man is the one who has been happy. ~ Boethius.
Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must. ~ Bob Dylan.
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.
For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’ ~ John Greenleaf Whittier.
Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. ~ Margaret Mitchell.
Grief comes with many losses. Whatever its cause, grief will come to all of us. ~ Reverend Billy Graham.
Popular Sad Life Quotes
How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness. ~ Jim Rohn.
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.
Tears are words that need to be written. ~ Paulo Coelho.
All man’s miseries stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room and do nothing. ~ Blaise Pascal.
Man is himself the author of every sorrow he endures. ~ Roman Proverb.
It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time. ~ Willie Nelson.
He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad. ~ Voltaire.
There is no day without sorrow. ~ Roman Proverb.
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.
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. ~ William Mather Lewis.
The bee of sorrow had stung his heart. ~ Isaac Babel.
Everyone in life is gonna hurt you, you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain. ~ Erica Baican.
Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions. ~ Stefan Kanfer.
I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. ~ Charlie Chaplin.
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.
Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. ~ Emily Brontë.
There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. ~ Mark Twain.
Famous Sad Life Quotes
Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue. ~ Andre Gide.
The saddest thing that befalls a soul is when it loses faith in God and woman. ~ Alexander Smith.
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.
How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us. ~ Fred Rogers.
Sadness flies away on the wings of time. ~ Jean de la Fontaine.
Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow. ~ Louisa May Alcott.
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious. ~ Horace.
Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel. ~ Tupac Shakur.
Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard. ~ David Levithan.
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. ~ Dr. Edward De Bono.
Who except the gods can live without any pain? ~ Aeschylus.
There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow. ~ Alfred De Musset.
The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith.
When you feel sad, it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. ~ Mac Miller.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~ Rumi.
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.
I have a thousand reasons to die and many millions of tears to cry. ~ Draconian.
So these were the 95 quotes about Sad Life.