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160 Sad Quotes About Life That Will Help You Become Happier

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If you are looking for an amazing selection of sad quotes about life you’re in the right place.

We all go through times that are hard.

However, it’s how we come out the other side that really defines us.

But this can be a challenge.

This collection of sad quotes about life will help you to become happier when times are hard.

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Top 10 Sad Quotes About Life

The good life is not one immune to sadness but one in which suffering contributes to our development.

Alain de Botton 
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People keep telling me that life goes on, but to me that’s the saddest part.

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Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.

Arthur Schopenhauer
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You’re going to make it. It’ll be hard but you’re going to make it.

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There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.

Charles Dickens 
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Those who do not weep, do not see.

Victor Hugo
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Blaming other people for things that are going wrong guarantees your continued misery.

Justin Kan
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Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

Christopher Morley
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The funniest people are the saddest ones.

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Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

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The more secrets you have, the less happy you’re going to be. Naval Ravikant

Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.


It hurts when you have someone in your heart but you can’t have them in your arms. Anonymous

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow. William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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Ninetynine percent of your problems are created by you because you take life seriously. Osho 

Its good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.


Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do. C.S. Lewis 

Trifles make the sum of life. Charles Dickens

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen

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 Chödrön

I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too? Emily Dickinson

Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear. Joshua Wisenbaker

That is my work, to transform your life from a sad affair into a celebration. Osho

Sadness flies away on the wings of time.

Jean de La Fontaine

What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears. Seneca 

Nothing sadder than seeing a person settle for so much lower than their potential. Ed Latimore

Lord help my poor soul. Edgar Allan Poe

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


I try not to miss you, I try to let you go, but in the end, you’re always on my mind. Anonymous

Unhappy people focus on what’s missing. Unknown

Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you. Eckhart Tolle

Chasing happiness is guaranteed to make you unhappy.

Ed Latimore

Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence. Unknown 

Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. Malcolm X

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Suffering is a gift; in its hidden mercy. Rumi

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

Olive Schreiner

To be more comfortable with yourself, improve your selfknowledge. To improve your selfknowledge, meditate. Maxime Lagacé

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything. William Faulkner

When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics. Frank Ocean

You said you’d always be there for me, but you’re not.

Simba (The Lion King, Disney)

I’ve learned more from pain than I could’ve ever learned from pleasure. Unknown

Memories have to be our most painful blessing. Kanye West

Never be afraid of tears. Tearfilled eyes are capable of seeing truth. Tearfilled eyes are capable of seeing the beauty of life. Osho

The opposite of love is indifference.

Shane Parrish

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

Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must. Bob Dylan

If two people are meant to be together, they will eventually find their way back into each other’s arms… no matter what. Anonymous

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

Jim Rohn

Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson

Most of the trouble in life comes from misunderstanding. Lucy Maud Montgomery

Nobody knows about the little meltdowns I have when I’m alone. They only know about the smiles and laughs I show them. Anonymous

You’re sad because you’re wasting your potential. You know it, your family knows it, everyone knows it. Do something useful.

Carlos Del Valle

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. Henry Rollins 

The trouble is, you think you have time. Jack Kornfield

Let there be sunshine, let there be rain, let the broken hearted love again. Bruce Springsteen

You fall in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected time.


The perfected future never arrives. Life is full of seemingly endless trouble, and then life ends. Find peace in the imperfect present. The Stoic Emperor

The human condition is a good one in that no one is unhappy except by his own fault. Seneca

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Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive. Thich Nhat Hanh

You say you care but you leave me alone to cry.


Everybody wants to destroy misery, but everybody goes on desiring, and by desiring one goes on creating more and more misery. Osho

Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding. Anonymous

You’ll never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have. Bob Marley

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

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

Feeling down, lost, confused, angry, jealous are all parts of the human condition. Don’t fight them. Understand them. Accept them. Love them and go beyond them. Maxime Lagacé

It was a fine cry – loud and long – but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow. Toni Morrison (Sula)

Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.

A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

You’re sad because you’re afraid of reality. Maxime Lagacé 

When you feel like you’ve had it up to here, and you’re mad enough to scream, but you’re sad enough to tear, that’s rock bottom. Eminem

There are two types of people in the world: those who prefer to be sad among others, and those who prefer to be sad alone. Nicole Krauss

I am just another dot in the world.

Yayoi Kusama

If you eat, invest, and think according to what the ‘news’ advocates, you’ll end up nutritionally, financially and morally bankrupt. Naval Ravikant

Your sadness is a gift. Don’t reject it. Don’t rush it. Live it fully and use it as fuel to change and grow. Maxime Lagacé 

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Don’t desire happiness because it creates only unhappiness and nothing else. Osho 

Inspiring Sad Quotes About Life

The more you consume, the sadder you get. The sadder you get, the more you consume. Create instead. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t tell me I’ve changed, when in reality, I just stopped dealing with you.

Carson Kolhoff

It’s much easier not to know things sometimes. Stephen Chbosky

Fight for what’s worth fighting for. Anonymous

No one is really going to help you or give you direction. In fact, the odds are against you. Robert Greene

Friendship = vulnerability * time. If loneliness is epidemic, this seems like an important part of the fix.

Sahil Lavingia

At the heart of every frustration lies a basic structure: the collision of a wish with an unyielding reality. Alain de Botton 

Forget all the reasons why it won’t work, and believe the one reason why it will. Ziad K. Abdelnour

The fundamental delusion – there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever. Naval Ravikant

Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah.

Leonard Cohen

One thing you can’t hide — is when you’re crippled inside. John Lennon 

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

The worst feeling is when you feel like you’re annoying the only person you wanna talk to. Anonymous

Every heart has its own skeletons.

Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

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

Tears are far more beautiful than anything that you have with you, because tears come from the overflow of your being. Osho

A long life makes acquaintance with a thousand ills. Publius Syrus

I don’t like depending on people because people leave all the time. Because at the end of the day all you have is yourself and that has to be enough.


Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason. Alain de Botton 

You don’t need water to feel like you’re drowning, do you? Jodi Picoult 

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Carl Jung

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

Bess Myerson

Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life. Eckhart Tolle

It’s just that I’m not sure I fit in here. There’s no one I can really talk to. Belle (Beauty and the Beast, Disney)

Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions. Stefan Kanfer

If you didn’t remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn’t?  

Jodi Picoult

Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard. David Levithan

I learned how to be happy because I know what unhappiness felt like. Lilly Singh

A million words would not bring you back, I know because I tried, neither would a million tears, I know because I cried. Anonymous

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

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

Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. Emily Brontë

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

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

William Mather Lewis

Rejecting the moment creates friction. Friction creates confusion. Confusion creates sadness. Maxime Lagacé 

Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming. Rumi 

The sadness will last forever. Vincent van Gogh

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

Oprah Winfrey

To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing. Dorothy Thompson

What brings us to tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted. Bob Goff

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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 

Misery comes the moment you become clinging, attached. The moment you put conditions on life.


You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending. C.S. Lewis

So sick of pretending that everything is alright because it’s not. Anonymous

You will never find the right person if you never let go of the wrong one. Elizabeth Hollomon

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

Perhaps, somewhere, some day, at a less miserable time, we may see each other again. Vladimir Nabokov

In the valley of sorrow, spread your wings. Susan Sontag

Keep smiling… and one day life will get tired of upsetting you. Nitya Prakash

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.

John Lennon

Trust is like an eraser, it gets smaller and smaller after every mistake. Anonymous

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone. Robin Williams

Life is made of so many partings welded together. Charles Dickens (Great Expectations) 

Tears are words the heart can’t express.

Gerard Way

I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. Charlie Chaplin 

Motivational Sad Quotes About Life

Nothing changes if nothing changes. Mel Robbins 

It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of great memories.

Bonnie Blair

There are two medicines for all ills: time and silence. Alexander Dumas 

We forge the chains we wear in life. Charles Dickens

You still make me smile, even if you’re the reason why I’m sad. Zakiya And Majid

When someone lies to you, it’s because they don’t respect you enough, to be honest, and they think you are too stupid to know the difference.


There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle. Robert Alden

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. Friedrich Nietzsche

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People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long. Johnny Depp

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

Jane Austen

Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting. Peter Pan (Peter Pan, Disney)

The sad truth is that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. Gloria Estefan

Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure. Rumi

This moment will just be another story someday.

Stephen Chbosky

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy. Cynthia Nelms

Sometimes you laugh because you’ve got no more room for crying. Terry Pratchett 

I have seen great beauty of spirit in some who were great sufferers […] and I have seen the last illness produce treasures of fortitude and meekness from most unpromising subjects. C.S. Lewis

All man’s miseries stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room and do nothing.

Blaise Pascal

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Kahlil Gibran

When you lose, do not lose the lesson. th Dalai Lama

Trying to avoid sadness is trying to avoid life. Maxime Lagacé 

We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim.

R.M. Drake

Impermanence of everything is a universal constant. No matter what kind of legacy, family, foundation, or business you’ve created, one day it will disappear and no one will remember anything of your life. Justin Kan

Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity. Yoko Ono

I guess that’s what saying goodbye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go. Lauren Oliver

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

Leonardo da Vinci 

Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living. Antoine de SaintExupery

The wound is the place where the light enters you. Rumi

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The colder the winter, the warmer the spring. The deeper the sorrow, the more our hearts sing. Bambi (Bambi, Disney)

It sucks, doesn’t it? Feeling like you’re not good enough. Anonymous

To Sum Up

Hopefully you enjoyed this big list of sad quotes about life.

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