Quotes about sadness
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A collection of quotes on the topic of happiness, cry, loss, death.

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Roberto Bolaño photo
Heinrich Heine photo

„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

Mario Benedetti photo
John Lennon photo
Etgar Keret photo
H.P. Lovecraft photo
John Green photo

„I’m a good person but a shitty writer. You’re a shitty person but a good writer. We’d make a good team. I don’t want to ask you any favors, but if you have time – and from what I saw, you have plenty – I was wondering if you could write a eulogy for Hazel. I’ve got notes and everything, but if you could just make it into a coherent whole or whatever? Or even just tell me what I should say differently. Here’s the thing about Hazel: Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do, too. That’s what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease. I want to leave a mark. But Van Houten: The marks humans leave are too often scars. You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rock star and you think, “They’ll remember me now,” but (a) they don’t remember you, and (b) all you leave behind are more scars. Your coup becomes a dictatorship. Your minimall becomes a lesion. (Okay, maybe I’m not such a shitty writer. But I can’t pull my ideas together, Van Houten. My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.) We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. I can’t stop pissing on fire hydrants. I know it’s silly and useless – epically useless in my current state – but I am an animal like any other. Hazel is different. She walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. Hazel knows the truth: We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either. People will say it’s sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it’s not sad, Van Houten. It’s triumphant. It’s heroic. Isn’t that the real heroism? Like the doctors say: First, do no harm. The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get smallpox. After my PET scan lit up, I snuck into the ICU and saw her while she was unconscious. I just walked in behind a nurse with a badge and I got to sit next to her for like ten minutes before I got caught. I really thought she was going to die, too. It was brutal: the incessant mechanized haranguing of intensive care. She had this dark cancer water dripping out of her chest. Eyes closed. Intubated. But her hand was still her hand, still warm and the nails painted this almost black dark almost blue color, and I just held her hand and tried to imagine the world without us and for about one second I was a good enough person to hope she died so she would never know that I was going, too. But then I wanted more time so we could fall in love. I got my wish, I suppose. I left my scar. A nurse guy came in and told me I had to leave, that visitors weren’t allowed, and I asked if she was doing okay, and the guy said, “She’s still taking on water.”“

—  John Green, book The Fault in Our Stars

A desert blessing, an ocean curse. What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers."
Augustus "Gus" Waters, p. 310-313
The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

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„Genius inspires resentment. A sad fact of life.“

—  Eoin Colfer Irish author of children's books 1965

Source: The Time Paradox

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Hannah Arendt photo
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Christina Rossetti photo

„Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.“

—  Christina Rossetti English poet 1830 - 1894

Remember, l. 13-14.
Source: Pre-Raphaelite Poetry: An Anthology

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Émile Durkheim photo
Bob Marley photo

„The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

Variant: The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

Arthur Conan Doyle photo
Edvard Munch photo

„I thought I should make something – I felt it would be so easy – it would take form under my hands like magic.
Then people would see!
A strong naked arm – a tanned powerful neck a young woman rests her head on the arching chest.
She closes her eyes and listens with open and quivering lips to the words he whispers into her long flowing hair.
I should paint that image just as I saw it – but in the blue haze.
Those two at that moment, no longer merely themselves, but simply a link in the chain binding generation to generation.
People should understand the significance, the power of it. They should remove their hats like they do in church.
There should be no more pictures of interiors, of people reading and women knitting.
There would be pictures of real people who breathed, suffered, felt, loved.
I felt impelled – it would be easy. The flesh would have volume – the colours would be alive.
There was an interval. The music stopped. I was a little sad. I remembered how many times I had had similar thoughts – and that once I had finished the painting – they had simply shaken their heads and smiled.
Once again I found myself out on the Boulevard des Italiens.“

—  Edvard Munch Norwegian painter and printmaker 1863 - 1944

written in Saint Cloud, 1889
Quotes from his text: 'Saint Cloud Manifesto', Munch (1889): as quoted in Edvard Much – behind the scream, Sue Prideaux; Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007, pp. 120 -121
1880 - 1895

Arthur Koestler photo

„Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.“

—  Arthur Koestler Hungarian-British author and journalist 1905 - 1983

Klaus Kinski photo
Frédéric Chopin photo

„How strange! This bed on which I shall lie has been slept on by more than one dying man, but today it does not repel me! Who knows what corpses have lain on it and for how long? But is a corpse any worse than I? A corpse too knows nothing of its father, mother or sisters or Titus. Nor has a corpse a sweetheart. A corpse, too, is pale, like me. A corpse is cold, just as I am cold and indifferent to everything. A corpse has ceased to live, and I too have had enough of life…. Why do we live on through this wretched life which only devours us and serves to turn us into corpses? The clocks in the Stuttgart belfries strike the midnight hour. Oh how many people have become corpses at this moment! Mothers have been torn from their children, children from their mothers - how many plans have come to nothing, how much sorrow has sprung from these depths, and how much relief!… Virtue and vice have come in the end to the same thing! It seems that to die is man's finest action - and what might be his worst? To be born, since that is the exact opposite of his best deed. It is therefore right of me to be angry that I was ever born into this world! Why was I not prevented from remaining in a world where I am utterly useless? What good can my existence bring to anyone? … But wait, wait! What's this? Tears? How long it is since they flowed! How is this, seeing that an arid melancholy has held me for so long in its grip? How good it feels - and sorrowful. Sad but kindly tears! What a strange emotion! Sad but blessed. It is not good for one to be sad, and yet how pleasant it is - a strange state…“

—  Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849

Stuttgart. After 8th September 1831.
Source: "Selected Correspondence Of Fryderyk Chopin"; http://archive.org/stream/selectedcorrespo002644mbp/selectedcorrespo002644mbp_djvu.txt

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„Who does not know that without women we can feel no content or satisfaction throughout this life of ours, which but for them would be rude and devoid of all sweetness and more savage than that of wild beasts? Who does not know that women alone banish from our hearts all vile and base thoughts, vexations, miseries, and those turbid melancholies that so often are their fellows?“

—  Baldassarre Castiglione Italian Renaissance author (1478-1529) 1478 - 1529

Chi non sa che senza le donne sentir non si po contento o satisfazione alcuna in tutta questa nostra vita, la quale senza esse saria rustica e priva d'ogni dolcezza e piú aspera che quella dell'alpestre fiere? Chi non sa che le donne sole levano de' nostri cori tutti li vili e bassi pensieri, gli affanni, le miserie e quelle turbide tristezze che cosí spesso loro sono compagne?
Bk. 3, ch. 51; p. 216.
Souced, Il Libro del Cortegiano (1528)

George Lucas photo
Jim Morrison photo
Colette photo

„Sometimes in my very happiest moments, I feel like crying. My eyes grow dim, my heart seems to choke me. I would like to be sure, in such times of anguish, that everybody loves me; that there is nowhere in the world a sad dog behind a closed door, that no evil will ever come…“

—  Colette 1873-1954 French novelist: wrote Gigi 1873 - 1954

Barks and Purrs
Context: Toby-Dog: It seems to me that of the two of us it's you they make the most of, and yet you do all the grumbling.
Kiki-The-Demure: A dog's logic, that! The more one gives the more I demand.
Toby-Dog: That's wrong. It's indiscreet.
Kiki-The-Demure: Not at all. I have a right to everything.
Toby-Dog: To everything? And I?
Kiki-The-Demure: I don't imagine you lack anything, do you?
Toby-Dog: Ah, I don't know. Sometimes in my very happiest moments, I feel like crying. My eyes grow dim, my heart seems to choke me. I would like to be sure, in such times of anguish, that everybody loves me; that there is nowhere in the world a sad dog behind a closed door, that no evil will ever come...
Kiki-The-Demure: And then what dreadful thing happens?
Toby-Dog: You know very well! Inevitably, at that moment She appears, carrying a bottle with horrible yellow stuff floating in it — Castor Oil!

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Tupac Shakur photo
Yoko Ono photo

„I feel sad that he’s just a voice now.“

—  Yoko Ono Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933

Rick Riordan photo
Hiro Mashima photo
Terry Pratchett photo
Anne Sexton photo
Lorrie Moore photo
Victor Hugo photo
A.A. Milne photo

„Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.“

—  A.A. Milne, book Winnie-the-Pooh

Source: Winnie-the-Pooh

Stephen Chbosky photo
Charles Bukowski photo

„I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can’t feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often.“

—  Charles Bukowski, book Tales of Ordinary Madness

Variant: I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can't feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often.
Source: Tales of Ordinary Madness

Erich Maria Remarque photo
Cassandra Clare photo

„Simon,” said a voice at his shoulder, and he turned to see Izzy, her face a pale smudge between dark hair and dark cloak, looking at him, her expression half-angry, half-sad. “I guess this is the part where we say goodbye?“

—  Cassandra Clare, book City of Heavenly Fire

Variant: Simon," said a voice at his shoulder, and he turned to see Izzy, her face a pale smudge between dark hair and dark cloak, looking at him, her expression half-angry, half-sad. "I guess this is the part where we say goodbye?
Source: City of Heavenly Fire

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Haruki Murakami photo

„The sad truth is that certain types of things can't go backward. Once they start going forward, no matter what you do, they can't go back the way they were. If even one little thing goes awry, then that's how it will stay forever.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book South of the Border, West of the Sun

Variant: Hajime," she began, "the sad truth is that some things can't go backwards. Once they start going forward, no matter what you do, they can't go back to the way they were. If one little thing goes awry, then that's how it will stay forever.
Source: South of the Border, West of the Sun

Rick Riordan photo

„Don't dwell on things. Don't stay in one place too long. It was the only way to stay ahead of sadness.“

—  Rick Riordan, book The Lost Hero

Variant: Don't stay in one place too long. It was the only way to stay ahead of the sadness.
Source: The Lost Hero

Nick Hornby photo
Jonathan Safran Foer photo

„The only way to overcome sadness is to consume it.“

—  Jonathan Safran Foer, book Everything Is Illuminated

Source: Everything Is Illuminated

Francesca Lia Block photo
Steven Wright photo
Mark Twain photo

„Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.“

—  Mark Twain, book Following the Equator

Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Ch. XLVIII
Following the Equator (1897)
Variant: To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

William Shakespeare photo
Woody Allen photo

„Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

Miriam Toews photo

„She was becoming sad. There is no joy involved in following others' expectations of yourself.“

—  Miriam Toews Canadian writer known for novels set in the Mennonite community 1964

Jenny Han photo
Fernando Pessoa photo
Gabriel García Márquez photo
Gustave Flaubert photo
Mitch Albom photo
Ayn Rand photo
Mitch Albom photo

„Sometimes you have to do things when sad things happen.“

—  Mitch Albom, book The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Source: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Jonathan Safran Foer photo
Mark Twain photo

„The source of all humor is not laughter, but sorrow.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Variant: The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.

„Be sad, be sorry-but don't shoulder it.“

—  E. Lockhart, book We Were Liars

Source: We Were Liars

F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
Kakuzo Okakura photo

„In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.“

—  Kakuzo Okakura Japanese scholar, author of The Book of Tea 1862 - 1913

Source: The Book Of Tea

Chuck Palahniuk photo
C.G. Jung photo
Jonathan Franzen photo

„And meanwhile the sad truth was that not everyone could be extraordinary, not everyone could be extremely cool; because whom would this leave to be ordinary?“

—  Jonathan Franzen, book The Corrections

Source: The Corrections (2001)
Context: All around him, millions of newly minted American millionaires were engaged in the identical pursuit of feeling extraordinary - of buying the perfect Victorian, of skiing the virgin slope, of knowing the chef personally, of locating the beach that had no footprints. There were further tens of millions of young Americans who didn't have money but were nonetheless chasing the Perfect Cool. And meanwhile the sad truth was that not everyone could be extraordinary, not everyone could be extremely cool; because whom would this leave to be ordinary? Who would perform the thankless work of being comparatively uncool?

David Foster Wallace photo
Cecelia Ahern photo
Sue Monk Kidd photo
Graham Greene photo
Marilyn Monroe photo

„she was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Variant: She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important—you know

Orson Scott Card photo
William Faulkner photo

„Between grief and nothing, I will take grief.“

—  William Faulkner, book If I Forget Thee

Variant: Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief
Source: The Wild Palms

Jack Kerouac photo
Jonathan Safran Foer photo

„I spent my life learning to feel less.
Every day I felt less.
Is that growing old? Or is it something worse?
You can not protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.“

—  Jonathan Safran Foer, book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Oskar's grandmother to his grandfather after she told him of her pregnancy.
"My Feelings" (p. 180)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005)

James Joyce photo

„Every bond is a bond to sorrow.“

—  James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941

Jean Racine photo
Nicholas Sparks photo
C.G. Jung photo

„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 take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.“

—  C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961

"The Art of Living", interview with journalist Gordon Young first published in 1960
Variant: [T]here are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. 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.

Sherrilyn Kenyon photo
Kiran Desai photo

„Sadness was so claustrophobic.“

—  Kiran Desai, book The Inheritance of Loss

Source: The Inheritance of Loss

Nicholas Sparks photo

„It's okay to be sad. Everyone gets sad now and then. Even me.“

—  Nicholas Sparks, A Bend in the Road

Source: A Bend in the Road

Cecelia Ahern photo
Brian Andreas photo
Jim Henson photo
David Nicholls photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
Louis-ferdinand Céline photo
Theodore Dreiser photo
Khaled Hosseini photo
Maureen Johnson photo

„Braiiinnnnssss," we said in unison.
"It's both sad and incredibly impressive that you were all ready with that one.“

—  Maureen Johnson writer from the USA 1973

Source: The Name of the Star

Philip Larkin photo

„How little our careers express what lies in us, and yet how much time they take up. It's sad, really.“

—  Philip Larkin English poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian 1922 - 1985

Source: Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica

William Shakespeare photo
Paulo Coelho photo

„Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book The Fifth Mountain

Variant: Sorrows do not last forever when we are journeying towards the thing we have always wanted.
Source: The Fifth Mountain

Jean Rhys photo
Gustave Flaubert photo