Sad Quotes for the Depressed, Despairing, Miserable

These sad quotes will relieve the brokenhearted, the dejected, the down and outs, and the inconsolable. If you experience sadness in your life, it’s good to talk to someone and hear how others deal with their problems. You’re never alone, and there’s always someone who can help.

And we must recognize that sadness and sorrow are a natural part of life. The good news is that things usually get better. As my mother used to say, “The darkest hour is just before dawn.”

So, if you’re feeling sad, reading how others feel on the topic just might help.

Best Quotes about Being Sad

1.) For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these; it might have been.
John Greenleaf Whittier

2.) Our greatest joy and our greatest pain come in our relationships with others.
Stephen R. Covey

3.) Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard.
David Levithan

4.) 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

5.) We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.
Charles Bukowski

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Good Sad Quotes

6.) Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.
Christopher Morley

7.) 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

8.) It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of great memories.
Bonnie Blair

9.) It’s raining in my heart
like it’s raining in the city.
What is this sadness
that pierces my heart?
Sonya Sones

10.) Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible.
Adam Silvera

11.) Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.
Leonardo da Vinci

12.) I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.
C. S. Lewis

13.) When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it always.
Mahatma Gandhi

Interesting Quotes on Being Depressed.

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Sad Love Quotes

14.) It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
Henry Rollins

15.) The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.
Bob Marley

16.) I wanted to kill someone, and I wanted to die, and I wanted to run as far and as fast as I could because she was never coming back. She had fallen off the face of the earth, and she was never coming back.
Melissa Kantor

17.) There is a distinct, awful pain that comes with loving someone more than they love you.
Steve Maraboli

18.) You find out what you are made of when you have a broken heart. If it happens early and often, all the better.
Isabel Gillies

19.) Part of me aches at the thought of her being so close yet so untouchable.
Nicholas Sparks

20.) I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.
Christie Brinkley

21.) Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Kahlil Gibran

22.) God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.

23.) The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
G.K. Chesterton

24.) Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sadness flies away on the wings of time.

About Love

25.) Walking alone is not difficult but when we have walked a mile worth a thousand years with someone, then coming back alone is what is difficult.
Faraaz Kazi

26.) You can never control who you fall in love with, even when you’re in the most sad, confused time of your life. You don’t fall in love with people because they’re fun. It just happens.
Kirsten Dunst

27.) Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.
Stephen King

28.) Let no one who loves be unhappy; even love unreturned has its rainbow.
James Matthew Barrie

29.) I wish I were a little girl again because skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts.
Julia Roberts

30.) If I could show you how awful you made me feel, you would never be able to look me in the eyes again.

31.) What becomes of the brokenhearted, who had a love that’s now departed?
Songwriters: James Anthony Dean, Paul Riser, and William Henry Witherspoon

32.) I miss you, the old you, the one who used to care about me.

33.) Faking a smile is easier than explaining why you’re sad.

Depressed About Life

34.) The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.
Bob Marley – See Bob Marley Life Quotes

35.) Today my forest is dark. The trees are sad, and all the butterflies have broken wings.
Raine Cooper

36.) I feel so disconnected from the world, and I feel like no one even notices me or cares about me anymore.

37.) When you’re depressed, you don’t control your thoughts; your thoughts control you.

38.) The sun stopped shining for me, is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time, and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it. Not ever.
Nina LaCour

39.) I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless, and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.
Robin Williams

40.) Just because you think you’re worthless doesn’t make it true.

41.) 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

The mind replays what the heart can't delete.

Sadness Quotations

42.) The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
Carl Jung

43.) There you go…let it all slide out. Unhappiness can’t stick in a person’s soul when it’s slick with tears.
Shannon Hale

44.) Be not arrogant when fortune smiles or dejected when she frowns.
Decimus Magnus Ausonius

45.) Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.
Tom Robbins

46.) Unhappiness. There are all kinds of unhappy people in the world. I suppose it would be no exaggeration to say that the world is composed entirely of unhappy people.
Osamu Dazai

I just want to be someone's favorite.

Sad Relationship Sayings

47.) The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.
Nicholas Sparks

48.) Don’t cry when the sun is gone because the tears won’t let you see the stars.
Violeta Parra

49.) The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.
William Faulkner

50.) If someone you love hurts you: cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it.

51.) I have lost and loved and won and cried myself to the person I am today.
Charlotte Eriksson

52.) Lips that taste of tears, they say, are the best for kissing.

53.) I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.
Jeffrey McDaniel

54.) I don’t know why they call it heartbreak. It feels like every part of my body is broken too.
Chloe Woodward

55.) But a part of me lies buried in lace and roses on a riverbank in France-a part of me is broken off forever. A part of me will be un-fly-able, stuck in the climb.
Elizabeth Wein

Lost in Love Quotes

56.) Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.
Stephen King

57.) Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Washington Irving

58.) There is a distinct, awful pain that comes with loving someone more than they love you.
Steve Maraboli

59.) Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.
Christopher Morley

60.) The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

61.) Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
John Steinbeck

Short Sad Quotes

62.) Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
Jean de La Fontaine

63.) Sadness is but a wall between gardens.
Kahlil Gibran

64.) You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.
Lauren Oliver

65.) When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions.
William Shakespeare

66.) Tears are the summer showers to the soul.
Alfred Austin

67.) Tears are words that need to be written.
Paulo Coelho

68.) Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.
Robert Pollock

69.) It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time.
Willie Nelson

Good Sadness Quotes

70.) There’s enough sorrow in the world, isn’t there, without trying to invent it.
E.M. Forster

71.) Oh, I am very weary, Though tears no longer flow. My eyes are tired of weeping; my heart is sick of woe.
Ann Bronte

72.) Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its joy.
Leo Buscaglia

73.) A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
Maya Angelou

74.) There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.

75.) Sorrows humanize our race; tears are the showers that fertilize this world.
Jean Ingelow

How to use these sad quotes

Recognizing that sadness is a part of everyone’s life helps to have a good handle on the topic. Reviewing these quotes simply for knowledge is a good start. Be careful about communicating some of these quotes to friends and family. Make sure they’re appropriate for the occasion and the recipient.

Sometimes, when words are difficult, just a silent presence can help someone go through a tough stretch. See how you can help with basic needs, e.g., bring over a meal vs. asking how I can help?

Being present and showing that you care can mean a lot.

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is an author and founder of Greeting Card Poet.


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