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The 53 Saddest Quotes Ever

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We’ve all been there. Low. Blue. Down in the dumps.

Sadness is no fun at all- whether you just had a bad break-up, lost a loved one, or simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Being sad is the pits.

Whatever it is that’s causing that frown, we hope these quotes help you know that you certainly aren’t alone. And that, soon enough, it’s going to be ok.

The Saddest Quotes

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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. Jonathan Safran Foer

When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story. Barney Stinson

Sadness for Breakfast

Hypophrenia: A feeling of sadness seemingly without a cause. Unknown

The sadness will last forever. Vincent Van Gogh

She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important. Marilyn Monroe

Tonight I can write the saddest lines. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too. Pablo Neruda

So this is my life. And I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be. Stephen Chbosky

Nowhere To Begin Salinger

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

One’s suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields — even to sadness. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum. Jonathan Safran Foer

Sadness is Fatigue

The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do. Anonymous

I am always sad, I think. Perhaps this signifies that I am not sad at all, because sadness is something lower than your normal disposition, and I am always the same thing. Perhaps I am the only person in the world, then, who never becomes sad. Perhaps I am lucky. Jonathan Safran Foer

She wasn’t bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time. Stephen Chbosky

Tears are words that need to be written. Paulo Coelho

I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of the throat and I’d cry for a week. Sylvia Plath

Being sad with the right people is better than being happy with the wrong ones. Unknown

Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’. John Greenleaf Whittier

Salinger An Absolute Nobody

He awoke each morning with the desire to do right, to be a good and meaningful person, to be, as simple as it sounded and as impossible as it actually was, happy. And during the course of each day his heart would descend from his chest into his stomach. By early afternoon he was overcome by the feeling that nothing was right, or nothing was right for him, and by the desire to be alone. By evening he was fulfilled: alone in the magnitude of his grief, alone in his aimless guilt, alone even in his loneliness. I am not sad, he would repeat to himself over and over, I am not sad. As if he might one day convince himself. Or fool himself. Or convince others–the only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad. I am not sad. I am not sad. Because his life had unlimited potential for happiness, insofar as it was an empty white room. He would fall asleep with his heart at the foot of his bed, like some domesticated animal that was no part of him at all. And each morning he would wake with it again in the cupboard of his rib cage, having become a little heavier, a little weaker, but still pumping. And by the midafternoon he was again overcome with the desire to be somewhere else, someone else, someone else somewhere else. I am not sad. Jonathan Safran Foer

Sad Mark Twain

The walls we build around us keep out the sadness but they also keep out the joy. Jim Rohn

The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes. Nikolai Gogol

The world is mad and the people are sad. Unknown

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

My tears are like anchors that sink my heart to the depths of the deepest oceans. Unknown

Smile, even if it’s a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile. Unknown

Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are. Mark Haddon

Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain. Bob Dylan

There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. Nicholas Sparks

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. Katie McGarry

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair. Chinese Proverb

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. Kahlil Gibran

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

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Sadness flies away on the wings of time. Jean de La Fontaine

But they all didn’t see the little bit of sadness in me… Unknown

We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness. David Weatherford

Saying someone can’t be sad because someone else may have it worse is just like saying someone can’t be happy because someone else might have it better. Unknown

Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends. African Proverb

She laughed so easily when she was happy. But also when she was sad. Janet Fitch

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

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

We need never be ashamed of our tears. Charles Dickens

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad. Victor Hugo

Sadness touches everyone. Even the ones who shouldn’t be sad at all. Unknown

The source of all humor is not laughter, but sorrow. Mark Twain

Not all scars show, not all wounds heal. Sometimes you can’t always see the pain someone feels. Unknown


Haruki Murakami Don't Feel Sorry

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