Melancholy Sayings and Quotes

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


Knowledge of the soul would unfailingly make us melancholy if the pleasures of expression did not keep us alert and of good cheer.     

Thomas E. Mann

My melancholy is the most faithful mistress I have known; what wonder, then, that I love her in return.     

Søren Kierkegaard

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt, doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.     

Comte de Lautreamont

Melancholy is a sensual pleasure that is deliberately provoked. How many people shut themselves away to make themselves sadder, or to weep beside a stream, or choose a sentimental book! We are constantly building and unbuilding ourselves.     

Gustave Flaubert

The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods and meadows brown and sear.     

William C. Bryant

Only tears can hear the sound of pain when warm blood reddens discolored stain.     

Munia Khan

It is Melancholy that causes those delightful tears to flow, and produces that melting disposition of the heart which is felt in the enjoyment of a pure pleasure, in the possession of a sweet and certain joy.     

Jeanne-Marie Roland

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.     

Charles Dickens

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.     

Carl Jung

Depression is melancholy minus its charms the animation, the fits.     

Susan Sontag

Melancholy is not one of my emotions. Quite seriously, I don't do melancholy. It's a miserable way to be.     

Walter Mischel

Melancholy: an appetite no misery satisfies.     

Emil M. Cioran

I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow.     

Edgar Allan Poe

A tendancy to melancholy let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.     

Abraham Lincoln

It is a very melancholy reflection that men are usually so weak that it is absolutely necessary for them to know sorrow and pain to be in their right senses.     

Richard Steele

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.     

Victor Hugo

Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.     

Victor Hugo

Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness.     

Italo Calvino

No one explains this to you, he thought. That there are so many things without solution.     

Jesse Ball

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.     

John Vance Cheney

Melancholy characterizes those with a superb sense of the sublime.     

Immanuel Kant

Melancholy is an escape not from reality, but unreality of the world.     

Raheel Farooq

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Melancholy were the sounds on a winter's night.     

Virginia Woolf

Melancholy is not, as you conceive, indisposition Of body, but the mind's disease.     

John Ford

When sadness knows the reason of tears, heart prepares to carry the ache for years.     

Munia Khan

Melancholy is kind of sweet sometimes, I think. It's not a negative thing. It's not a mean thing. It's just something that happens in life, like autumn.     

Bill Murray