60 Feeling Empty Quotes to Read When You Need a Boost

If you feel like life is meaningless, these feeling empty quotes will help you gain a new mindset.

Emptiness is something that all of us have to experience in our lives.

When we feel empty, we ask ourselves about our purpose and how to make sense of everything.

To make it worse, this feeling is usually accompanied by other emotions such as loneliness, confusion, and lack of motivation.

Feeling empty is awful because we usually don’t know where it comes from. Out of nowhere, we will feel an inexplicable void that will make us feel alone.

So, we’ve created this collection for everyone who requires comfort.

Let’s begin.

And don’t forget to check out these suffering quotes and feeling down quotes.

Best Quotes to Read When You’re Feeling Empty

1. “It’s not the feeling of completeness I need, but the feeling of not being empty.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

2. “Become totally empty. Quiet the restlessness of the mind. Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness.” – Lao Tzu

3. “Moments of suffering are meant to empty us so that we may have the potential to tap into our truest depths.” – Kamand Kojouri

4. “Youth always tries to fill the void, an old man learns to live with it.” – Mark Z. Danielewski

5. “You are not feeling empty because you don’t have much money. You are feeling empty because you have not yet encountered your real self, you have not come to your authentic individuality.” – Rajneesh

6. “The more space and emptiness you can create in yourself, then you can let the rest of the world come in and fill you up.” – Jeff Bridges

7. “There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” – John Cage

8. “Emptiness is not a great loss. It creates a great opportunity to fill yourself again and again with great love.” – Debasish Mridha

9. “The greatest tragedies in life is not untimely death, but to live a life for emptiness.” – Topsy Gift

Relatable Quotes for Everyone Who’s Feeling Empty

10. “I felt myself being invaded through and through, I crumbled, disintegrated, and only emptiness remained.” – Stanislaw Lem

11. “I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me.” – Haruki Murakami

12. “For a long time now, my heart has had its shutters closed, its steps deserted, formerly a tumultuous hotel, but now empty and echoing like a great empty tomb.” – Gustave Flaubert

13. “This was the truth at the core of my existence—this yawning emptiness, scantily clad in rage.” – Hillary Jordan

14. “I can’t describe what I’m feeling. I’m not happy, and I know that. But I’m also not exactly sad either. I’m just caught right in between all these emotions and I feel so empty.” – Anonymous

15. “That feeling when you are not necessarily sad, but you feel really empty.” – Anonymous

Feeling Empty Quotes That Will Have Your Mind Reeling

16. “I wanted to write down exactly what I felt but somehow the paper stays empty and I could not have described it any better.” – Anonymous

17. “How can emptiness be so heavy?” – Anonymous

18. “I am empty of everything. I am empty of everything but the thin, frail ghosts in my room.” – Jean Rhys

19. “Why does the feeling of emptiness occupy so much space?” – James de la Vega

20. “The void inside me starts to fill, but my heart has holes, and whatever it holds will run out, leaving me empty once again.” – Danielle Esplin

21. “I swear, I end up feeling empty like you’ve taken something out of me and I have to search my body for scars.” – Richard Siken

22. “There’s just something obvious about emptiness, even when you try to convince yourself otherwise.” – Sarah Dessen

23. “There are so many empty people walking around on this little planet. Lonely people. Angry people. Bitter. Forgotten.” – Jeyn Roberts

24. “I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” – Sylvia Plath

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Great Quotes That’ll Give You a Wider Perspective When You’re Feeling Empty

25. “Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.” – Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

26. “There’s a big difference, I discovered, between wanting to die and not wanting to live. When you want to die, you at least have a goal. When you don’t want to live, you’re really just empty.” – Brian Hugh Warner

27. “Sometimes you can only feel something by its absence—by the empty spaces it leaves behind.” – Gayle Forman

28. “Life is empty and meaningless because life is empty and meaningless.” – Werner Erhard

29. “The victorious ones have said that emptiness is the relinquishing of all views. For whomever emptiness is a view, that one has achieved nothing.” – Nāgārjuna

30. “Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.” – Arthur Erickson

31. “To fake it is to stand guard over emptiness.” – Arthur Herzog

32. “Pain can be vitalising—it gives intensity in the space of vagueness and emptiness.” – Sebastian Horsley

33. “We become aware of the void as we fill it.” – Antonio Porchia

34. “They say you don’t get over someone until you find someone or something better. As humans, we don’t deal well with emptiness. Any empty space must be filled. Immediately. The pain of emptiness is too strong. It compels the victim to fill that place. A single moment with that empty spot causes excruciating pain. That’s why we run from distraction to distraction and from attachment to attachment.” – Yasmin Mogahed

35. “If emptiness is endless, then everything rests in emptiness.” – Dejan Stojanovic

36. “But to me, nothing, the negative, the empty, is exceedingly powerful.” – Alan Watts

37. “If emptiness is empty, how can something be born or awaken from it?” – Dejan Stojanovic

38. “You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled—not with all the good food or sunshine in the world. That emptiness cannot be banished, and so some days we wake with the feeling of the wind blowing through, and we must simply endure it as the boy did.” – Leigh Bardugo

Quotes to Absorb When You’re Feeling Empty Because of Love

39. “The beginning of love is a horror of emptiness.” – Robert Bly

40. “In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.” – Carl Sagan

41. “If giving leaves you feeling empty, you’re giving too much to the wrong person.” – Maza Dohta

42. “I have poured my heart out. And now I am empty.” – Ranata Suzuki

43. “Every day we used to slip away to talk. We would talk about the goodness of your heart. Now it seems I admit that never exist at all and it leaves me feeling empty with this hollow chord.” – Regina Belle

44. “Life is an empty bottle filled with love.” – Santosh Kalwar

Feeling Empty Quotes to Understand the True Meaning of Contentment

45. “Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness—dull, callous, and indifferent.” – Virginia Woolf

46. “A busy life is filled with tremendous emptiness.” – Debasish Mridha

47. “The funny thing about having all this so-called success is that behind it is a certain horrible emptiness.” – Sam Shepard

48. “We find worth in jobs, money, and performance so we can hide how worthless we feel inside. Acknowledge the pain to be healed.” – LeCrae

Quotes About Feeling Empty to Strengthen Your Relationship With God

49. “When you’re full of yourself, God can’t fill you. But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel.” – Max Lucado

50. “When I feel truly alone, with a sense of being lost, even empty inside, it is then I realize I have unknowingly moved away from God, so I move back.” – David L. Weatherford

51. “The inner emptiness is the door to God.” – Swami Dhyan Giten

52. “I decided I would fill the emptiness in me with God and with paint.” – Kimberly Novosel

53. “You keep running after the love of the people, but you’ll never get it. And what you do get, will never be enough. The hole inside you is too big. You see, it was made by God, for God. How could anything less fill it?” – Yasmin Mogahed

More Feeling Empty Quotes That Will Speak to Your Soul

54. “You can’t cry when you’re already empty.” – Anonymous

55. “She tries to smile to feel happy. But, she feels so empty.” – Anonymous

56. “She was tired, with that tiredness that only emptiness brings.” – Paolo Giordano 

57. “The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” – Woody Allen

58. “This will be a winter so desolate, only memory can fill the emptiness.” – John Geddes

59. “Nothingness not being nothing, nothingness being emptiness.” – Isabelle Adjani

60. “‘How do you get so empty?’ he wondered. ‘Who takes it out of you?’” – Ray Bradbury

Did These Quotes Inspire You to Fill the Void Within You?

Feeling empty is valid, especially in this world we live in. After all, we’ve been constantly pressured in this society to succeed in specific limited ways.

Because of this pressure, we tend to shift our focus from one thing to another. In the long run, this habit compromises our sense of fulfillment.

We usually feel empty when we start losing touch with our passion or have unresolved painful experiences in the past. It might also be because we lack significant relationships and experience burnout. Varying degrees of emotional numbness may arise from these situations.

For some, feelings of emptiness are only brief and quickly resolved. For others, it’s chronic, significantly affecting their lives. Nonetheless, always remember that there will always be an opportunity to go beyond this dark headspace.

Just because we feel like the world is meaningless now doesn’t mean it will always be that way. We have the power to control our lives. This is not easy, but one way to struggle against feeling empty is by acknowledging that you are not alone.

With that, we hope this collection was able to remind you that many people are feeling the same as you. May this knowledge inspire you to struggle alongside those who, like you, are also trying to navigate life. Just continue, and at the right moment, things will turn out the way they should!

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Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

Poetry, philosophy, history, and movies are all topics I love writing about! However, my true passion is in traveling, photography, and finding common ground to which everyone from different cultures can relate.

With the many places I’ve been to, I found that love, inspiration, and happiness are some things that bring people together. No matter how different we are on the outside, I’m a true believer that our emotions don’t lie; if you dig deep into our psyche, we’re all the same inside.

This belief was further amplified when I joined Quote Ambition. Through the quotes I’ve read, collected, organized, and written about, I found that humans are resilient, creative, and compassionate.

We take from each others’ hearts and courage, and it’s through our individual experiences that we learn how to rise above our challenges and pain. In so many ways, Quote Ambition is a platform that allows people from all over the world to gain the inspiration they need anytime, anywhere!

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