Poignant Sayings and Quotes

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

Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.     

G.R.R. Martin

It hurts when you have someone in your heart, but you can't have them in your arms.     


Sadness grieves the spirit. But sorrow refines soul.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

It's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life.     

George W. Bush

Sadness is always the legacy of the past; regrets are pains of the memory.     


The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.     

Leon Bloy

Sadness is the heart withdrawing to seek shelter from the pain.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.     

Jose N Harris

The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.     

Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

To hurt is as human as to breathe.     

J.K. Rowling

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.     

William S. Burroughs

All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.     

Jean de la Bruyère

Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.     

Emile Durkheim

Sadness flies away on the wings of time.     

Jean de la Fontaine

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.     

Jean Giraudoux

Every life has a measure of sorrow and sometimes that is what awakens us.     

Steven Tyler

Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance.     


Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.     

Victor Hugo

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.     


This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion. It can humble us when we're arrogant and soften us when we are unkind.     

Pema Chodron

There's no happiness in a situation where there's disparity.     

Hermann J Steinherr

So much sadness exists in the world that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers.     

John Sutherland Bonnel

Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed, or is ashamed of his success.     


Life's missed opportunities, at the end, may seem more poignant to us than those we embraced because in our imagination they have a perfection that reality can never rival.     

Roger Ebert

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.     

Erich Fromm

A feeling of sadness and longing, that is not akin to pain, and resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles the rain.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Some of us think that holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it's letting go.     

Herman Hesse

Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.     

Andre Gide

Nobody wants to be depressed everybody's trying to feel better; when they strive and fail, it's all the more poignant.     

Joel Kinnaman