Sadness Quotes to Help You Cry It Out

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Are you feeling sad lately? These sadness quotes will help you regain perspective and start feeling better.

Despite it being one of the most fundamental emotions that we experience, sadness is often not discussed, and certainly never encouraged.

However, being sad often provides introspection and a way to cleanse our minds before regaining happiness again.

So even if these sadness quotes give you a good cry, know they’re also helping you reset and feel better.

Top Sadness Quotes

Sadness flies away on the wings of time.

Jean de La Fontaine

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

Kahlil Gibran
Ivo Andrich quote "Sadness is also a kind of defense"
“Sadness is also a kind of defense.” – Ivo Andrich

One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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

Jim Rohn

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

R.M. Drake

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

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

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

Yoko Ono

Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!

Dita Von Teese
Percy Shelley quote "Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought"
“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Oscar Wilde

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

Jonathan Safran Foer

The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

Carl Jung

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.

William S. Burroughs

The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.

Alain de Botton

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

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

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.

Pierre Corneille

We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration.

Alanis Morissette

They say it’s better to bury your sadness in a graveyard or garden that waits for the spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green.

Conor Oberst

We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.

Pierre Corneille

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

Alain de Botton

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

Tupac

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

Sad Quotes

JK Rowling sadnness quote "Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling"
“Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling.” – J. K. Rowling

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

Life is too short to be angry or sad for long.

Alphonso Davies

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

Nikolai Gogol

When you feel sad, it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world.

Mac Miller

There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.

C. Joybell C.

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

John Greenleaf Whittier

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.

John Steinbeck

It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time.

Willie Nelson
"Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves"
“Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.” – Emily Brontë

Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever.

Mattie Stepanek

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

Mark Twain

Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.

Horace

The saddest thing that befalls a soul is when it loses faith in God and woman.

Alexander Smith

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.

Voltaire

The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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

Henry Rollins

It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.

Miguel de Unamuno
Victor Hugo quote "Melancholy is the happiness of being sad"
“Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.” – Victor Hugo

Better by far you should forget and smile that you should remember and be sad.

Christina Rossetti

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.

Brigitte Bardot

The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

Bob Marley

Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.

George Jean Nathan

How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.

Fred Rogers

It’s pretty sad when you have to choose between the lesser of two evils.

Meg White

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

It’s sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open, in a way – cracks you open to feeling.

Jennifer Anniston

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

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

Rumi

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

Seneca

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

The pain never really goes away; you just elevate and get used to it by growing stronger.

Ritu Ghatourey

I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad.

Sylvia Plath

Crying and Tears Quotes

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.

Jose N. Harris

Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.

Brian Jacques

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

Joshua Wisenbaker
Paolo Coelho sadness quote "Tears are words that need to be written"
“Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paolo Coelho

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

Christopher Morley

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

Leonardo da Vinci

Delicious tears! The heart’s own dew.

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Crying is cleansing. There’s a reason for tears, happiness or sadness.

Dionne Warwick

Tears are nature’s lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.

Christian Nestell Bovee

Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.

Golda Meir

A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven.

Charles R. Swindoll
Gerard Way sadness quote "Tears are words the heart can’t express"
“Tears are words the heart can’t express.” – Gerard Way

Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.

William Gilmore Simms

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

Bob Goff

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

Terry Pratchett

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, The Silver Chair

Never be afraid of tears. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing truth. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing the beauty of life.

Osho

Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.

Clive Barker

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

Charlie Chaplin

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

Johnny Depp
Alfred Austin sad quote "Tears are the summer showers to the soul"
“Tears are the summer showers to the soul.” – Alfred Austin

Those who do not weep, do not see.

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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

Isak Dinesen

Sorrow Quotes

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

Dante Alighieri

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us.

Steven Tyler

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

Leo Buscaglia

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.

Henry David Thoreau
"There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair"
“There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.” – Charles Dickens

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.

Saadi

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.

Sophocles

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nobody understands another’s sorrow, and nobody another’s joy.

Franz Schubert

Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy.

Helen Hunt Jackson

Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.

Jean Paul

Let us remember that sorrow alone is the creator of great things.

Ernest Renan

In the valley of sorrow, spread your wings.

Susan Sontag
"A long life makes acquaintance with a thousand ills"
“A long life makes acquaintance with a thousand ills.” – Publilius Syrus

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

Naval Ravikant

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Khalil Gibran

There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.

Barbara Kingsolver

We hope these sadness quotes have you ready to release your sad emotions and turn things around.

It’s important that we look at sadness as a normal part of life, and allow it to be expressed in a healthy way. It’s never too late to start smiling again afterwards!

Updated June 16th, 2021.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.