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Sad Quotes about Life

Updated on July 5, 2012

Compared to my previous hub about 'When Life gives you Lemon Quotes', this one is perhaps a bit less cheerful, but perhaps also a bit more inspirational! I have collected, again, my favorite quotes, this time the ones about life's sadness, how to cope with it and – most importantly, how to see the light at the end of the tunnel! So, here we go, and if you know one or more of the authors of the not attributed quotes, please feel free to leave that information in a comment and I will add the attribution. As we say in German: 'Honor where honor is due!' Some of these sad quotes about life are my own creation, some are adaptions and translations I made, but others I found both in online and offline sources. I considered them to be in the public domain, but just in case you hold the copyright to one of them, just shoot me a note and I will address the issue immediately! But now back to my collection of famous quotes of life's sadness. Let start of with a, nearly, funny one of the famous author and inspirational writer Mr. Anonymous:

“There will always be death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year.”

Inspirational and / or Funny Quotes to cope better with Daily Sadness

  • “Those that sow in tears, shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126, 5
  • “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.” by David Weatherford (Child Psychologist and contributing author to 'Chicken Soup for the Soul')
  • “However long the night, the dawn will break.” by Unknown, possibly an African Proverb
  • “There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. 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.” Carl Jung (Swiss Psychiatrist and founder of Psychoanalysis)
  • And from the same author: “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. C.J.”
  • “When I look back, on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” by Winston Churchill (British Politician)
  • “Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” by Jean de La Fontaine (French Fabulist and Poet)
  • “The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.”
  • “No my friend, darkness is not everywhere, for here and there I find faces illuminated from within; paper lanterns among the dark trees.”
  • “I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.” by Helen Keller (First deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, American writer and activist, learn more about her amazing story on Wikipedia.)

  • “Hearts will never be practical, until they are made unbreakable.” From The Wizard of Oz ;-)
  • “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”
  • "Never frown...even when you're sad 'cause you never know when someone's falling in love with your smile."- Good advice from Mr. Anonymous ;-)
  • "The essential sadness is to go through life without loving. But it would be almost equally sad to leave this world without ever telling those you loved that you love them."- Good advice, imho. Have you told anybody today that you love them?
  • "You can choose to be happy or sad and whichever you choose that is what you get. No one is really responsible to make someone else happy, no matter what most people have been taught and accept as true."- What did you choose to be today?
  • “There is no moment more precious than the exact moment you are living now. Even if it is a sad one.”
  • “It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” by Eleanor Roosevelt (A woman that was so much more than only 'His Wife'. Learn more: Here)
  • “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” — Dolly Parton (American Singer and Songwriter)
  • “This, too, shall pass.” — William Shakespeare (I hope you know who he was ;-))
  • “There is nowhere morning does not go.”
  • “Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most.”
  • “Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.”
  • “Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.”
  • “I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.”
  • “I know God wouldn't give me anything I can't handle, I just wish he didn't trust me so much.” - Could have been coined by me, but isn't, source unknown.

Something to cheer you up:

  • “Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” ;-)
  • “Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways.”
  • “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
  • “The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.” Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Writer)
  • “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”
  • “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” - Puts things into perspective, doesn't it?
  • “Life is half spent before we know what it is.”
  • “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change also.” - Sounds nearly metaphysical, Schrodinger's cat anybody?
  • “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” Great advice from a great artist: Leonardo da Vinci
  • “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
  • “When you were born, you were crying, and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life in such a way that when you die, you’re smiling, and everyone around you is crying.”
  • “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”
  • “The real malady is fear of life, not fear of death.”

Perhaps the three Saddest Life Quote of all I found so far:

  • “Of all the words ever spoken, the saddest are: It might have been.” by Unknown
  • “Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” by Louis E. Boone (American Scientific Writer)
  • “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”

And I leave you, with what is perhaps my favorite one:

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back

and realize they were the big things.”

What are your favorite Sad Life Quotes? Care to share?


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      hospitalera 7 years ago


      Thanks, I hope they help at least some sad people to feel a bit better! SY

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      ankigarg87 7 years ago

      Nice collection of sad quotes !