A collection of quotes on and about sadness.


“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



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

Nikolai Gogol


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

Oscar Wilde


“Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.” 

Virginia Woolf


“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” 

William Shakespeare


“I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.” 

John Keats


“I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart” 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.” 

Gustave Flaubert


“One need not be a chamber to be haunted.” 

Emily Dickinson


“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” 

Kahlil Gibran


“We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell 
Of saddest thought.” 

Percy Bysshe Shelley


“Anne was always glad in the happiness of her friends; but it is sometimes a little lonely to be surrounded everywhere by happiness that is not your own.” 

L.M. Montgomery


“Lie still, lie still, my breaking heart; 
My silent heart, lie still and break: 
Life, and the world, and mine own self, are changed 
For a dream's sake.” 

Christina Georgina Rossetti