Sad quotes

A collection of quotes on the topic of missing you, moving on, goodbye, heartbreaking.

Best sad quotes

Vincent Van Gogh photo
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Rumi photo

„Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273

As quoted in Path for Greatness : Spiritualty at Work (2000) by Linda J. Ferguson, p. 51

Hermann Hesse photo

„If I know what love is, it is because of you.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

Pablo Neruda photo

„Love is so short and forgetting is so long.“

—  Pablo Neruda, book Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Es tan corto el amor y tan largo el olvido.
"Tonight I Can Write" (Puedo Escribir), XX, p. 51.
Variant: Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
Source: Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) (1924)

Dr. Seuss photo

„Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Often attributed to Dr. Seuss without citation; also cited as an anonymous proverb.
This quote has also been attributed to Gabriel García Márquez, in Spanish: "No llores porque ya se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió."
Compare lines from In Memoriam A.H.H. of Tennyson:
  'Tis better to have loved and lost
  Than never to have loved at all.
Disputed
Variant: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

Bob Marley photo

„One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.“

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

Variant: One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Stephen R. Covey photo

„The way we see the problem is the problem.“

—  Stephen R. Covey American educator, author, businessman and motivational speaker 1932 - 2012

Confucius photo

„The funniest people are the saddest ones“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

Bette Davis photo

„Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.“

—  Bette Davis film and television actress from the United States 1908 - 1989

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Johnny Depp photo

„You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

Also attributed to Chester Bennington (singer of Linkin Park)

Ernest Hemingway photo

„The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book Men Without Women

Disputed
Source: Claimed to be from Men Without Women, but it does not appear in that work. May have originated in a 2011 blogpost by Marc Chernoff entitled 30 things to stop doing to yourself http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

Anaïs Nin photo
Washington Irving photo
Vladimir Nabokov photo
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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.

Henry Rollins photo

„It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.“

—  Henry Rollins American singer-songwriter 1961

Variant: It is sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

Marilyn Manson photo
Washington Irving photo
Jack Kornfield photo

„The trouble is, you think you have time.“

—  Jack Kornfield American writer 1945

Source: Buddha's Little Instruction Book

John Lennon photo
Tupac Shakur photo

„If it's not important for you, then it's not important for me.“

—  Lucky Gupta Internet celebrity 1998

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Zora Neale Hurston photo

„There are years that ask questions and years that answer.“

—  Zora Neale Hurston, book Their Eyes Were Watching God

Source: Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), Ch. 3, p. 21.

John Lennon photo
Citát „The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.“
Albert Schweitzer photo

„The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.“

—  Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965

Variant: The tragedy in a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives.

Percy Bysshe Shelley photo

„We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.“

—  Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822

St. 18
To a Skylark (1821)
Source: The Complete Poems

Mark Twain photo

„If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Variant: If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Helen Keller photo
Citát „The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.“
Robert B. Cialdini photo

„The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.“

—  Robert B. Cialdini American social psychologist 1945

Source: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

„To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.“

—  Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019

"In Blackwater Woods"
American Primitive (1983)
Source: New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

Sylvia Plath photo

„I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.“

—  Sylvia Plath, book The Bell Jar

Source: The Bell Jar

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„There are no have-to's, just choices“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Suzanne Collins photo

„You don't forget the face of the person who was your last hope.“

—  Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen, p. 85
Source: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Hunger Games (2008)

David Bowie photo

„As long as there's me
As long as there's you“

—  David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger 1947 - 2016

"Where Are We Now?" (2013)
Song lyrics, The Next Day (2013)
Context: Where are we now?
Where are we now?
The moment you know
You know, you know
As long as there's sun
As long as there's sun
As long as there's rain
As long as there's rain
As long as there's fire
As long as there's fire
As long as there's me
As long as there's you

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Tennessee Williams photo
A.A. Milne photo

„Some people care too much. I think it's called love.“

—  A.A. Milne, book Winnie-the-Pooh

Source: Winnie-the-Pooh

Jonathan Safran Foer photo
Arthur Koestler photo

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

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

Stephen Chbosky photo

„It's much easier not to know things sometimes.“

—  Stephen Chbosky, book The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Variant: It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.
Source: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Miguel de Unamuno photo

„It is sad not to be loved, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936

To a Young Writer

Paulo Coelho photo
Benjamin Disraeli photo

„The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Book 4, chapter 1. Often misquoted as "The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end".
Books, Coningsby (1844), Henrietta Temple (1837)

Percy Bysshe Shelley photo

„Our sweetest songs are those of saddest thought.“

—  Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822

Source: The Complete Poems

Charlie Kaufman photo
André Gide photo

„It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

Frequently misattributed to Marilyn Monroe or Kurt Cobain.
Source: https://books.google.com/books?id=xUtdDnEhkMMC&pg=PT12&lpg=PT12#v=onepage&q&f=false
Source: Autumn Leaves, Philosophical eLibrary, 2012, (Feuillets d'automne, 1941, trans. Jeanine Parisier Plottel)

Stephen Chbosky photo

„This moment will just be another story someday.“

—  Stephen Chbosky, book The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Source: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Carlos Ruiz Zafón photo
Katherine Paterson photo
Sylvia Plath photo

„If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.“

—  Sylvia Plath, book The Bell Jar

Source: The Bell Jar (1963), Ch. 5

Arthur Schopenhauer photo

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

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, book Parerga and Paralipomena

Meistens belehrt uns erst der Verlust über den Wert der Dinge.
Source: Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow photo

„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 American poet 1807 - 1882

Table-Talk (1857)
Source: The Complete Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Christina Rossetti photo
Patricia Highsmith photo

„Perhaps it was freedom itself that choked her.“

—  Patricia Highsmith, book The Price of Salt

Source: The Price of Salt

Virginia Woolf photo
Morrissey photo

„There is no such thing in life as normal“

—  Morrissey English singer 1959

Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Lauretta Bender / Quotes / 1954 Senate Subcommittee Hearings into Juvenile Delinquency, "Testimony of Dr. Lauretta Bender, senior psychiatrist, Belleveu hospital Newyork N.Y." http://www.thecomicbooks.com/bender.html
From songs

„The love that is not all pain is not all love.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

El amor que no es todo dolor, no es todo amor.
Voces (1943)

Paul Claudel photo

„There is something sadder to lose than life – the reason for living;
Sadder than to lose one's possessions is to lose one's hope.“

—  Paul Claudel, L'Otage

Il y a une chose plus triste à perdre que la vie, c’est la raison de vivre,
Plus triste que de perdre ses biens, c’est de perdre son espérance.
L'otage (Paris: Édition de la Nouvelle revue française, 1911) p. 162; Pierre Chavannes (trans.) The Hostage (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1917) p. 130.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe photo

„Men who give way easily to tears are good. I have nothing to do with those who hearts are dry and who eyes are dry!“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, book Elective Affinities

Tränenreiche Männer sind gut. Verlasse mich jeder, der trocknen Herzens, trockner Augen ist!
Bk. I, Ch. 18, R. J. Hollingdale, trans. (1971), p. 147
Elective Affinities (1809)

Alexander Smith photo

„The saddest thing that befalls a soul
Is when it loses faith in God and woman.“

—  Alexander Smith Scottish poet and essayist 1830 - 1867

Scene 12.
A Life Drama and other Poems (1853)

William Wordsworth photo

„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.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850

Actually Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Driftwood (1857)
Misattributed

Jack Kornfield photo

„The trouble is, you think you have time.“

—  Jack Kornfield American writer 1945

Source: Buddha's Little Instruction Book

George Bernard Shaw photo

„Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.“

—  George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)
Source: Man and Superman

Alain de Botton photo
Oscar Wilde photo
Pablo Neruda photo

„Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.“

—  Pablo Neruda, book Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

"Tonight I Can Write" (Puedo Escribir), XX, p. 49.
Source: Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) (1924)

W.B. Yeats photo
Khaled Hosseini photo
Marya Hornbacher photo

„There is, in the end, the letting go.“

—  Marya Hornbacher, book Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Source: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Margaret George photo

„The cure for a broken heart is simple, my lady. A hot bath and a good night's sleep.“

—  Margaret George American writer 1943

Source: Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles

Mitch Albom photo
Jonathan Safran Foer photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
Ann Brashares photo
C.G. Jung photo
John Keats photo
Sophie Kinsella photo
Nicholas Sparks photo
Ned Vizzini photo

„I can't eat and I can't sleep. I'm not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?“

—  Ned Vizzini, book It's Kind of a Funny Story

Variant: I'm not doing well in terms of being a functional human.
Source: It's Kind of a Funny Story

Jean Racine 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.

Jeffrey Eugenides photo

„Can you see me? All of me? Probably not. No one ever really has.“

—  Jeffrey Eugenides, book Middlesex

Source: Middlesex

George Gordon Byron photo

„The heart will break, but broken live on.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

Variant: And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly live on.

Ralph Waldo Emerson photo

„Life is to be lived, not controlled.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Oscar Wilde photo
John Irving photo
Ned Vizzini photo
Eckhart Tolle photo
David Levithan photo
Margaret Mitchell photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo

„No one forgets the truth; they just get better at lying.“

—  Richard Yates, book Revolutionary Road

Source: Revolutionary Road

Edna St. Vincent Millay photo
Haruki Murakami photo
Nicholas Sparks photo
Victor Hugo photo

„Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

Cassandra Clare photo

„Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.“

—  Cassandra Clare, book City of Heavenly Fire

Source: City of Heavenly Fire

Alice Hoffman photo

„Here is the riddle of love: Everything it gives to you, it takes away.“

—  Alice Hoffman, book The Dovekeepers

Source: The Dovekeepers

Herman Melville photo

„Truth is in things, and not in words.“

—  Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1818 - 1891

Jodi Picoult photo
Fannie Flagg photo

„being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.“

—  Fannie Flagg American actress, comedian and author 1944

Source: The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

Jonathan Safran Foer photo
Haruki Murakami photo

„Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Sputnik Sweetheart

Source: Sputnik Sweetheart

Ernest Hemingway photo
Jim Henson photo
Helen Fielding photo

„I like you very much. Just as you are.“

—  Helen Fielding, book Bridget Jones's Diary

Source: Bridget Jones's Diary