Bittersweet Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bittersweet quotes, bittersweet sayings, and bittersweet proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

To be running breathlessly, but not yet arrived, is itself delightful, a suspended moment of living hope.     

Anne Carson

You are the illness I will never cure. You are the poem I will never write. You are the thought I will never finish. You are the text I will never read.     

Maria Elena

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.     

Paulo Coelho

We are nothing but shadows. Fading away trying to hold on to this bittersweet life that we call our own.     

Ricky Mears

So it really does have a sort of bittersweet quality. Kids like to have adventures and to believe they can fly, but there's also that fear about people leaving you.     

Cathy Rigby

Once again love drives me on, that loosener of limbs, bittersweet creature against which nothing can be done.     


We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

We weren't that different after all, our souls laden with the same ache of loss, our hearts bursting with the same longing to save what remained of all we loved.     

Rachel L. Schade

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.     

Elizabeth Gilbert

You cannot drink the nectar of love without bleeding for its thorns.     

Amit Howard

Love comes unseen; we only see it go.     

Austin Dobson

Life is bittersweet. Inside our heads, if we're lucky, we're the same kids as we were when we were young.     

Hugh Hefner

When things fall apart, the broken pieces allow all sorts of things to enter, and one of them is the presence of God.     

Shauna Niequist

Sometimes the happiest ending isn't the one you keep longing for, but something you absolutely cannot see from where you are.     

Shauna Niequist

The life, when we're aware of beauty, is kind of a bittersweet thing, it's a transient reminder of eternal beauty, which someday we will be face to face with.     

Jon Foreman

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.     

Joseph F. Newton Men

Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we're settling for.     

Mandy Hale

We thought humble and proud at the same time, all at once in love again with this painful bittersweet lovely thing called flight.     

Richard Bach

There's always a bittersweet kind of thing, but I feel like everything had to work out the way it is. Everything that had to happen, happened.     

Bruno Mars

It's kind of bittersweet. The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart.     

Yakov Smirnoff

If you begin to face your fears, something bittersweet is going to happen to you: You'll grow up.     

Martha Beck

With his venom irresistible and bittersweet that loosener of limbs, Love reptile-like strikes me down.     


You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.     

Jodi Picoult

We feel a kind of bittersweet pricking of malicious delight in contemplating the misfortunes of others.     

Michel de Montaigne

Memories, even bittersweet ones, are better than nothing.     

Jennifer Armentrout

In life, there are those relationships where you really love someone, but they're just not right for you and there's a little bittersweet feel to it.     

Jennifer Morrison

A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other. Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.     

Dave Matthews Band

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.     

Bob Marley

And you find some way to survive. And you find out you don't have to be happy at all. To be happy you're alive.     

Brian Yorkey

Some of the most life-shaping decisions you make in this season will be about walking away from good-enough, in search of can't-live-without.     

Shauna Niequist