Quotes about sadness

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„The sadness will last forever.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

Attributed to Vincent, as quoted by Theo van gogh in his letter from Paris, to Elisabeth van Gogh, 5 August 1890 http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/21/etc-Theo-Lies.htm
Some of the last words Vincent said to Theo, while dying
1890s

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„The older I get, the brighter colours I live. But in the past, they were dark, dingy, sad colours.“

—  Margaret Keane American artist 1927

KQED Arts, " Margaret Keane, Painter Behind Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMKnuhNe3Pc," YouTube.com.
2014

„Timidity keeps me safe and sad in a narrow room.“

—  Mason Cooley American academic 1927 - 2002

City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection (1991)

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„You're lovely as a flower,
So pure and fair to see;
I look at you, and sadness
Comes stealing over me.“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856

Du bist wie eine Blume,
So hold und schön und rein;
Ich schau dich an, und Wehmut
Schleicht mir ins Herz hinein.
Du Bist Wie eine Blume, st. 1

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„What can be considered human emotions? Surely not only lyricism, sadness, tragedy? Doesn't laughter also have a claim to that lofty title? I want to fight for the legitimate right of laughter in "serious" music.“

—  Dmitri Shostakovich Russian composer and pianist 1906 - 1975

From an article in Sovetskoye Iskusstvo, November 5, 1934; translation from Laurel Fay Shostakovich: A Life (2000) p. 77.

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„The sadness of things.“

—  Murasaki Shikibu, book The Tale of Genji

Passim. Cf. Lacrimae rerum.
Variant translations:
The pathos of things.
A sensitivity to things.
The sorrow of human existence.
Tale of Genji
Original: (ja) Mono no aware.

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„I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.“

—  Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963

Source: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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