Sad Love Sayings and Quotes

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


Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.     

Vincent Van Gogh

You say you have no faith? / Love—and faith will come. / You say you are sad? / Love—and joy will come. / You say you are alone? / Love—and you will break out of your solitude. / You say you are in hell? / Love—and you will find yourself in heaven.     

Carlo Carretto

You may give them your love but not your thoughts. / For they have their own thoughts. / You may house their bodies but not their souls, / For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, / which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.     

Kahlil Gibran

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose / With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath, / Smiles, tears, of all of my life! and, if God / choose / I shall but love thee better after death.      

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

And souls of fine accord must prize a fellow-sinner's love; / For the worst love those who love them, and the best claim heart for heart, / And it is a holy thirst to long for love's requital: / Hard it will be, hard and sad, to love and be unloved, / And many a thorn is thrust into the side of him that is forgotten.     

Martin Farquhar Tupper

The world was full of love, but not for her. The world lives on hope, and she was hopeless; the world is very beautiful, and she was a stain upon it.      

Nora Vynne

What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.     

Leo Buscaglia

To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. You don't get over it because "it" is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it?     

Jeanette Winterson

The opposite of the happy ending is not actually the sad ending—the sad ending is sometimes the happy ending. The opposite of the happy ending is actually the unsatisfying ending.     

Orson Scott Card

A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.     

Jack Kerouac

Love is a sickness full of woes.     

Samuel Daniel

He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.     

P.G. Wodehouse

He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.     

Vladimir Nabokov

How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! may your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agonized as in that hour left my lips: for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.     

Charlotte Bronte

Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted make-up.     

Marian Keyes

He had a word, too. love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack...     

William Faulkner

Some things can be fixed. Some things are just too broken.     

Susan Vaught

I didn't feel anything but a bone-deep weariness. Like I was suddenly a hundred years old, and I knew at that moment I would have to live a hundred more years, carrying my grief around like a backpack full of stones.     

Jennifer Weiner

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

All I ever get is sad love / The unrequited kind is all I have procured / And it was nothing at all like what I've heard about love / Without love, life has no great reward / Leaving us damaged or feeling so bored / Devoid of memories, nothing / to record / Wishing the one that we adore / Loved us more     

Kevin L Barnes

A little bit of love is better than no love / Even the bad love is better than no love / And even the sad love is better than no love at a-l-l / Got to believe that / A little bit of love is better than no love / Even the bad love is better than no love / And any kind of love is better than no love at all     

Burt Bacharach

We used to have good times together / But now I feel them slip away / It makes me cry to see love die / So sad to watch good love go bad / Remember how you used to feel, dear? / You said nothing could change your mind / It breaks my heart to see us part / So sad to watch good love go bad / Is it any wonder / That I feel so blue / When I know for certain / That I'm losing you     

Donald Everly

O Gentle Love, ungentle for thy deed, / Thou makest my heart / A bloody mark / With piercing shot to bleed.     

George Peele

Sad one, must you weep always? / Youth's ill wedded with despair; / Ringless hand and robe of grey / Mock the charms which they declare. / Sad and sweetly answered she, / 'What are comely robes to me? / I would wear a grass green dress, / Dew pearls for my gems--no less / Now can comfort me.'     

Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

LOVE - what is love? A great and aching heart; / Wrung hands; and silence; and a long despair. / Life - what is life? Upon a moorland bare / To see love coming and see love depart.     

Robert Louis Stevenson