Sad Life Sayings and Quotes

Sometimes life gives you lemons and you don’t have the energy to make lemonade. Just because life is precious, doesn't mean that it can’t be a real drag. Take a cathartic moment with the collection of wise and inspirational sad life quotes below.

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.     

William Mather Lewis

Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you through the messier tunnels of growing up. But pain can only help you find happiness if you remember it.     

Adam Silvera

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

Khalil Gibran

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

Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.     

Lord Byron

It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die.     

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.     

Olive Schreiner

To fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful.     

Bess Myerson

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


Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.     

Andre Gide

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.     

J. K. Rowling

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.     

William Cowper

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

I have a thousand reasons to die and many millions of tears to cry.     


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 Bonnell

Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel.     

Tupac Shakur

There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.     

Alfred De Musset

Sadness is a super important thing not to be ashamed about but to include in our lives. One of the bigger problems with sadness or depression is there's so much shame around it. If you have it you're a failure. You are felt as being very unattractive.     

Mike Mills

How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.     

Fred Rogers

Tears are words that need to be written.     

Paulo Coelho

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


This is what it felt like to have a broken heart. It felt less like a cracking down the middle and more like she had swallowed it whole and it sat bruised and bleeding in the pit of her stomach.     

Wendy Wunder

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.     

Washington Irving

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

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.     

Jonathan Safran Foe

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.     

Henry Van Dyke

Nothing records the effects of a sad life so graphically as the human body.     

Naguib Mahfouz

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.     

Jim Rohn

Man could not live if he were entirely impervious to sadness. Many sorrows can be endured only by being embraced, and the pleasure taken in them naturally has a somewhat melancholy character.     

Emile Durkheim