120 Sad Quotes to Get You Through Your Hard Times

Start processing your emotions better and healing from the past by reading these sad quotes.

Sometimes, to be able to grow through the pain of what happened requires processing your feelings. Mulling over our regrets, grief, and mistakes can help us begin moving on and learn from the past.

However, not everyone knows how to understand their emotions while going through these times.

Sad Quotes to Get You Through Your Hard Times

So, we’ve created a collection that will guide you to let yourself grieve and survive the pain. Continue reading below to release your sadness in life.

Let’s get started.

And don’t forget to check out these positive quotes and encouraging quotes.

Best Sad Quotes

1. “Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it’s there if you look deep.” – Taraji P. Henson

2. “We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes, we drown, while other days, we are forced to swim.” – Robert M. Drake

3. “The prettiest smiles hide the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears, and the kindest hearts have felt the most pain.” – Anonymous

4. “Everybody has a sadness they can’t seem to shake.” – Anonymous

5. “The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.” – Sophocles

6. “Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes, I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.” – Stephen King

7. “The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire.” – Lemony Snicket

8. “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” – Clive Staples Lewis

9. “The pain never really goes away. You just elevate and get used to it by growing stronger.” – Ritu Ghatourey

10. “It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sad Quotes About Life

11. “We must hurt in order to grow, fail in order to know, and lose in order to gain. Because some lessons in life are best learned through the pain!” – Anonymous

12. “People keep telling me that life goes on, but to me, that’s the saddest part.” – Anonymous

13. “A sad thing in life is that sometimes you meet someone who means a lot to you only to find out in the end that it was never bound to be, and you just have to let go.” – Anonymous

14. “Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes, this is what awakens us.” – Steven Tyler

15. “The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.” – Thomas Carlyle

16. “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

17. “Sad part of every story is when you know it is about to end, but you still give a last try, and that thing alone becomes an additional part of your sadness.” – Anonymous

18. “Life is tough. Life is hard. Sometimes, life is so hard that you can barely breathe.” – Anonymous

19. “I really believe that all of us have a lot of darkness in our souls. Anger, rage, fear, sadness, I don’t think that’s only reserved for people who have horrible upbringings. I think it really exists and is part of the human condition. I think, in the course of your life, you figure out ways to deal with that.” – Kevin Bacon

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Relatable Sad Quotes About Pain

20. “If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain, and respect your pain, in time you will move through your pain.” – Bryant McGill

21. “There is no point in hiding the pain. The inner you will always crumble you from inside.” – Anonymous

22. “One thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside.” – John Lennon

23. “My mind became a prison of my own thoughts, drowning in the echoes of my own loneliness.” – Anonymous

24. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall, in misery, the time when we were happy.” – Dante Alighieri

25. “If it weren’t for the fact that the sun is so hot, the earth would probably be frozen solid. That’s what sadness does to you. It freezes your heart so that nothing feels good anymore.” – Anonymous

26. “You see, I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

27. “It was like I was conjuring up this sadness, and it was just spilling out of me.” – Anonymous

28. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clarke

29. “Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear.” – Joshua Wisenbaker

30. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Khalil Gibran

31. “I’ve cried, and you’d think I’d be better for it, but the sadness just sleeps, and it stays in my spine the rest of my life.” – Conor Oberst

32. “We never taste a perfect joy. Our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.” – Pierre Corneille

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Deep and Sad Quotes

33. “Sometimes you laugh because you’ve got no more room for crying.” – Terry Pratchett

34. “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

35. “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

36. “Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” – Bette Davis

37. “People are sad. People are broke. People are worried about money. People are worried that they’re not enough and not amounting to anything, and they don’t feel good about themselves. People have rough times, and everybody’s pretending it’s not true, and we need to break that veneer.” – Eve Ensler

38. “There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream, whatever that dream might be.” – Pearl Buck

39. “It’s better to leave early rather than to feel the pain all the time.” – Anonymous

40. “Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober. Not to make us sorry but wise.” – H.G. Wells

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

42. “Melancholy and sadness are the starts of doubt. Doubt is the beginning of despair. Despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.” – Comte de Lautréamont

Short Sad Quotes to Soothe Your Loneliness

43. “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” – Khalil Gibran

44. “A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.” – John Steinbeck

45. “We all create fictions to hide our pain.” – Lazarus

46. “It hurts to leave a light on for nobody.” – Graham Foust

47. “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

48. “Never put your happiness in someone else’s hands.” – Anonymous

49. “My silence is just another word for my pain.” – Anonymous

50. “Time has a way of healing old wounds.” – Anonymous

51. “Just because someone desires you doesn’t mean they value you.” – Anonymous

52. “The heart was made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde

53. “Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.” – Cassandra Clare

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Sad Quotes About Love That Will Break Your Heart

54. “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Khalil Gibran

55. “It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.” – Miguel de Unamuno

56. “When you think you’re first falling in love, just then you realize you’re falling out of love.” – David Grayson

57. “So it’s true when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

58. “It’s amazing how someone can break your heart, and you can still love them with all the little pieces.” – Ella Harper

59. “There is a distinct, awful pain that comes with loving someone more than they love you.” – Steve Maraboli

60. “You make me feel like a firefly—trapped in a bell jar, starved for love.” – Ayushee Ghoshal

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

62. “It’s terrible to lose someone we love, but it’s even worse to lose ourselves while loving them.” – Anonymous

63. “Never love with all your heart. It only ends in breaking.” – Anonymous

64. “There are a lot of people who act like they want to be in love, but they don’t really want to be in love. They want the feeling that being in love gives them.” – Anonymous

65. “I think the saddest love is unrequited love. That’s the love that hurts the most.” – Anonymous

Sad Quotes to Help You Get Through Your Breakup

66. “You meet everyone twice in this life, when they come and when they go.” – C.C. Aurel

67. “Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your story.” – Faraaz Kazi

68. “There is one pain I often feel, which you will never know. It’s caused by the absence of you.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

69. “Since I can’t be with you right now, I will have to be content just dreaming about when we will be together again.” – Susan Polis Schutz

70. “It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.” – Henry Rollins

71. “A million words would not bring you back, I know because I tried. Neither would a million tears, I know because I cried.” – Anonymous

72. “Separation from those we love is never easy, but it must be faced with courage.” – Anonymous

73. “You treated me like a chapter, but for me, you were my book.” – Anonymous

74. “I gave you my heart. I just didn’t expect to get it back in pieces.” – Anonymous

75. “Don’t make someone feel special if you have no intention of staying.” – Anonymous

76. “I don’t want to get attached to anyone anymore. It only destroys me in the end.” – Anonymous

77. “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” – Maya Angelou

78. “It’s very difficult to forget someone who had given you so many memories.” – Anonymous

79. “How do I say I miss you in a way that will make your heartache as mine does?” – Anonymous

Sad Quotes on Relationships

80. “Relationships are like glass. Sometimes, it’s better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together.” – Anonymous

81. “A deadness occurs in relationships when people are no longer willing to tell each other how they really feel.” – Shakti Gawain

82. “People who have lost relationships often wonder why they can’t just let it be ‘water under the bridge.’ It is water under the bridge. The trouble is we do not live on the bridge but in the river of life with its many twists and turns.” – Santiz Grant Fairley

83. “People love each other for many reasons, not all of them good. They love each other because it’s easy. Or because they’re used to it. Or because they’ve given up. Or because they’re scared.” – Nathan Hill

84. “A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act and generally a sad one.” – Queen Victoria

Insightful Sad Quotes on Friendship

85. “Things change, and friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” – Stephen Chbosky

86. “Rather than crying and craving for those who left our path during dark moments of our life, let’s spend some time to thank them who stood and helped us to pass those dark paths.” – Nehali Lalwani

87. “The worst feeling is to be ignored once, then twice, then again and again by someone you consider precious.” – Betsy Kenton

Sad Quotes About Depression to Keep You Going 

88. “Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there, though.” – Anonymous

89. “Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die.” – Anonymous

90. “That’s the thing about depression. A human being can survive almost anything as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” – Anonymous

91. “Depression makes you isolated. It’s very hard to think of other people when you’re wrapped in a prickly blanket of sadness, and all you can think about is your own pain.” – Anonymous

Sad Quotes to Comfort You and Give You Hope

92. “Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever.” – Mattie Stepanek

93. “I’m full of pain, but I wake up every morning, and I’m smiling.” – Anonymous

94. “I can’t wait for that day when I can finally be at peace and not feel so much pain in me.” – Anonymous

95. “Use the pain in your past as fuel. The fuel that will drive you to a better future.” – Quozio

96. “Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” – Jean de La Fontaine

97. “Loneliness is a feeling that you feel because you think that no one likes you. You need to know that people will like you if you just give them a chance.” – Anonymous

Poetic and Sad Quotes to Read When You’re Hurting

98. “Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.” – Christopher Morley

99. “The clouds wept when my heart sang a song of sorrow.” – Sonya Watson

100. “In this world, often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.” – Henry Ward Beecher

101. “In deep sadness, there is no place for sentimentality.” – William S. Burroughs

102. “Sometimes you got to hurt something to help something. Sometimes you have to plow under one thing in order for something else to grow.” – Ernest J. Gaines

103. “Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance, they look black, over our heads, scarcely gray.” – Jean Paul Richter

Sad Quotes That Will Enlighten You About Truth and Reality

104. “Pain is temporary, but the person who hurt you is permanently never going to change. Move on.” – Anonymous

105. “It’s hard to find happiness when you feel like you’ve failed or that you’re never going to get what you want.” – Anonymous

106. “Sometimes you don’t realize how much you care for someone until they stop caring for you.” – Anonymous

107. “Sadness is like surviving a war, but there’s no peace at the end.” – Anonymous

Sad Quotes on Death and Grief

108. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

109. “Death is a great revealer of what is in a man, and in its solemn shadow appear the naked lineaments of the soul.” – Edwin Hubbell Chapin

110. “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

111. “Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.” – Morrie Schwartz

112. “Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell.” – Henry Ward Beecher

113. “Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.” – Veronica Roth

Meaningful Quotes to Accompany You When You’re Sad

114. “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho

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

116. “Mostly, it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

117. “There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.” – George Eliot

118. “Behind every goodbye, there is a sad attachment that lives forever, and it is unbearable.” – Anonymous

119. “Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel.” – Tupac Shakur

120. “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes, we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Did These Sad Quotes Help You Process Your Pain?

Being sad and vulnerable is a part of being human. It is a healthy emotion that shows how we once cherished someone or something enough to grieve a loss.

Moreover, being sad is an experience that will make us more appreciative in the future. By knowing, understanding, and accepting the feelings of pain and loss, we learn how to value the people and things we have in the present. We become wiser because of our past, content with our present, and hopeful for our future.

We hope that these quotes were able to accompany you in feeling and coping with your loneliness and sadness. Accept your negative emotions and let yourself move forward and live a happier life.

Did you learn a lot about being sad from this collection? Which sad quote did you like the most? Comment your answers below!

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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!

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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.

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