Quotes About Sadness

It would no doubt be very sentimental to argue – but I would argue it nevertheless – that the peculiar combination of joy and sadness in bell music – both of clock chimes, and of change-ringing – is very typical of England. It is of a piece with the irony in which English people habitually address one another.

— A. N. Wilson

This might sound masochistic or narcissistic, I don’t know, but when I’m not playing the game, the validations I feel about life are always through the hardships. I relate more to sadness, in a lot of ways, when I’m not playing.

— Abby Wambach

There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.

— Alexander McQueen

When I first went to places where people were suffering from war and persecution, I felt ashamed of my feelings of sadness. I could see more possibilities in my life.

— Angelina Jolie

I think you have to deal with grief in the sense that you have to recognize that you have it, and say that it’s OK to have all the sadness.

— Ann Richards

Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time.

— Artie Lange

I don’t go on the Internet. I never go on the Internet. I don’t go on Twitter. I’m not on Facebook. I’ve seen friends go into dark, dark holes of sadness because of that. Frankly, I don’t have the time or the attention span for it.

— Amy Sherman-Palladino

I grew up a happy kid in Toronto. I’ve never suffered. I’ve never even had a real job! But I understand sadness and striving, and those two things tie into all the roles that I’ve played.

— Alison Pill

In our culture I think most people think of grief as sadness, and that’s certainly part of it, a large part of it, but there’s also this thorniness, these edges that come out.

— Anthony Rapp

Sadness… reflecting on the proud legacy of trust and fair play on which Reliance Industries was founded by my visionary father Dhirubhai Ambani, and how far RIL appeared to have moved away from those original values.

— Anil Ambani

When you lose a loved one, you come to these crossroads. You can take the path that leads you down the aisle of sadness, or you can say, ‘I’m never going to let this person’s memory die. I’m going to make sure everything they worked for continues.’

— Bindi Irwin

There is so much to be gained from adulthood! Feelings just become so much deeper. The feeling of sadness and loss is much deeper than when you were a kid, but the feelings of love and happiness have also so much more dimension when you get older… That is what’s so hard and exciting about being a human being.

— Brie Larson

I think everyone feels alone in their sadness, and there’s a certain value to hearing other people’s sad stories.

— Brandon Stanton

Death remains about the one certain fact in the lives of each one of us, and there will be suffering, sorrow, and sadness next week as there was last week.

— Basil Hume

Man, I was drowning in sadness. And Angelina, she lifted me right up out of there.

— Billy Bob Thornton

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can’t vent any anger against them I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence.

— Charles Bukowski

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

Talking about the body getting old, there’s a sadness to it in a way.

— Chick Corea

Successful prime-time television of any genre produces some kind of emotional reaction in the viewers. There are a lot of different emotions to tap into. The emotion of the reward of discovery, the feeling of righteous anger, the feelings of pathos and sadness, or sentimentality of being moved by something.

— Chris Hayes

Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

— Don Miguel Ruiz

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

— Dionne Warwick

I’ve written several deeply personal songs this year, which I really love. Some of them came out of intense sadness. This has been an extremely difficult year for me.

— David Friedman

The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.

— E. M. Forster

With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news every day, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. And what becomes of our planet when that sadness becomes apathy? Because we feel helpless. And we turn our heads and turn the page.

— Eddie Vedder

People with HIV are still stigmatized. The infection rates are going up. People are dying. The political response is appalling. The sadness of it, the waste.

— Elton John

Sadness was something I was thinking about in my life outside of writing, so it wormed itself into whatever I wrote.

— Elizabeth McCracken

Hoping they’d been inspired by the examples of Anne Frank and other teens who had turned negative experiences into something positive by writing about them, I handed out notebooks for my students to journal about their lives. There was some initial resistance. But then the stories poured out of them, full of anger and sadness.

— Erin Gruwell

I write with humour about sadness, to introduce an element of sweet to the sour, a bit like Turkish food.

— Elif Safak

I can mourn internally, just be quiet about it. I have my moments but I’m not a real, expressive person, especially when it comes to like sadness.

— Faith Evans

I want to paint something that’s gorgeous, something that’s perfect. So that it’s full of sadness.

— Gary Hume

Sadness is a very interesting idea, this idea of sadness being some kind of default setting that artists will go into. And then I started thinking about this idea of sadness and happiness, and the idea that sadness is very loud, and happiness is quiet.

— Glen Hansard

I don’t know a writer who doesn’t feel some sense of glamour and magic and a complex, wistful sadness emanating from the expats of the twenties in France. Some of the sadness, of course, is that we weren’t there.

— Guy Gavriel Kay

As somebody who participates in the overall PC ecosystem, it’s totally great when faster wireless networks and standards come out or when graphics get faster. Windows 8 was like this giant sadness. It just hurts everybody in the PC business.

— Gabe Newell

The Sarajevans have a very particular world view – a mordant wit coupled with this unbearable sadness and… truckloads of guts, you know.

— Geraldine Brooks

I have seen him set fire to his wigwam and smooth over the graves of his fathers… clap his hand in silence over his mouth, and take the last look over his fair hunting ground, and turn his face in sadness to the setting sun.

— George Catlin

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.

— Hans Urs von Balthasar

In anticipation of a meal – supposing we are with the ideal companion at the best table in the perfect restaurant – we might indeed postpone sadness. And maybe even halfway through, we will remain in tolerably high spirits, with dessert still to come. But as we near the end of eating, we begin to feel anticipatory twinges of anticlimax.

— Howard Jacobson

Well, the musicals give emphasis to love, longing, melancholy, sadness. All of that is always there.

— Ismail Merchant

When we arrived in London, my sadness at leaving Paris was turned into despair. After my long stay in the French capital, huge, ponderous, massive London seemed to me as ugly a thing as man could contrive to make.

— James Weldon Johnson

I know what it’s like to have someone coming home who looks at you not in the way they used to in the old days, and I’ve seen my own face contorted with sadness and rage in the mirror.

— Jane Birkin

The thing with Disney songs is they’re very manipulative, very sentimental, but they do get you, you know – there’s a kind of sadness to them and that kind of music doesn’t really exist any more.

— Jarvis Cocker

With ‘Bright Star’ and with ‘The Piano,’ too, I felt a kind of sadness about it being in such a different era, because of my lack of experience with the era. And one of the ways I’d get over it is to remind myself that every film, even if it’s contemporary, creates its own world.

— Jane Campion

I was never able to get through Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. I’ve never been able to make it through. And I love the Smashing Pumpkins, they’re one of my favorite bands ever, but I’ve never been able to listen to the whole thing all the way through.

— John Wozniak

The occasion of this sadness is expressed in a word, but must be considered in many more, as being the principal concernment both of the Text and Time.

— John Pearson

You get used to sadness, growing up in the mountains, I guess.

— Loretta Lynn

In my deepest parts of sadness, I’m always making a joke or being sarcastic.

— Lea Thompson

I fight manic-depression, and I have been able to live battling that sadness that I get sometimes.

— La India

I won’t sing if I don’t feel it, so there’s always so much sadness and so much sentiment behind it all.

— La India

We get more dangerous as we accumulate knowledge, and that’s both a sadness and something to control, try to learn to live with, make terms with.

— Lou Harrison

I realised that you can go through times of extreme happiness, but if that happiness is not coming from a deeply rooted place, you will also be going through extreme lows of sadness.

— Katrina Kaif

I think we all have a lot of darkness in our bellies. As an actor, the challenge of tapping into that, reaching down into that sadness or anger, is very therapeutic.

— Kevin Bacon

Life just doesn’t care about our aspirations, or sadness. It’s often random, and it’s often stupid and it’s often completely unexpected, and the closures and the epiphanies and revelations we end up receiving from life, begrudgingly, rarely turn out to be the ones we thought.

— Khaled Hosseini

I wanted to understand pain and the human condition, which is full of pain and regret and sadness – and some happiness, if you’re lucky.

— Kim Cattrall

In a world where there is so much sadness and so much to be afraid of, good things do happen to people. Romance is still something we can find even if we’re not consciously looking for it.

— Kathleen Quinlan

I developed a deep sadness for celebrities, a pity that they often are caught in a plastic world that runs too hard and too fast, and that many times that world means destroyed relationships with everyone they know and love.

— Karen Kingsbury

So much of the deep lingering sadness over President Kennedy’s assassination is about the unfinished promise: unspoken speeches, unfulfilled hopes, the wondering about what might have been.

— Marian Wright Edelman

The best therapists can do with sadness, anger, and anxiety is to help patients live in the more comfortable part of their set range.

— Martin Seligman

It is something you can’t predict, and it is the huge sadness in your life, losing a child.

— Mary Berry

There was a sadness over me, a melancholy. That’s always been a part of me – those are some of the things that lead you to the arts.

— Mahershala Ali

If they want to party and do all the things I say brought me sadness in my song, with my song as the soundtrack… so be it.

— Mike Posner

Falling is a hard thing to do whether you are a Christian or not, but when you are in Christ, it comes with a deep sadness for letting your Savior down.

— Monica Johnson

I have to confess that I have so rarely experienced triumph that I cannot claim to know it well enough to judge, but it seems to be at best a momentary joy followed instantly by sadness, and, then, of necessity, by wariness.

— Mark Helprin

The rejection that we all take and the sadness and the aggravation and the loss of jobs and all of the things that we live through in our lives, without a sense of humor, I don’t know how people make it.

— Marlo Thomas

I wasn’t prepared for the fact that grief is so unpredictable. It wasn’t just sadness, and it wasn’t linear. Somehow I’d thought that the first days would be the worst and then it would get steadily better – like getting over the flu. That’s not how it was.

— Meghan O’Rourke

You have to let it all hang out, let go of the ideas that were more comfortable and embrace some of the sadness in your life.

— Madeleine Peyroux

I think coldness is chic among writers, and particularly ironic coldness. What is absolutely not allowable is sadness. People will do anything rather than to acknowledge that they are sad.

— Mary Gordon

With any kind of mean girl, or anyone who bullies anyone, there’s always a reason for it. There is that sadness in them or insecurity that makes them feel like they need to act out or hurt other people.

— Maiara Walsh

My mother was murdered by my step-father, my brother’s father, who was also named Joel, twenty-five years ago. Whatever sadness or burden I’ve been living with since then, my brother’s also been living with, but he’s lived with the added burden of having the exact same name as our mother’s murderer.

— Natasha Trethewey

No matter how many times you do it, you don’t get used to the sadness – for me at least – of coming to the end of a film.

— Paul Thomas Anderson

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

— Pierre Corneille

When you first hear Mozart’s music, your first impression is that it’s very alive, but if you peel away the layers, you can hear sorrow and sadness behind it, and that’s what I try to be: multi-layered.

— Park Chan-wook

I would be lying if I didn’t admit sadness that our wonderful airline is merging with another. Because I’m not American, the U.S. Department of Transportation stipulated I take some of my shares in Virgin America as non-voting shares, reducing my influence over any takeover. So there was sadly nothing I could do to stop it.

— Richard Branson

I’m happy, I would say that I’m one of the happiest people I know but I’ve certainly had periods of profound sadness, depression and heartache and those are the kind of things that are interesting to me to write about.

— Richard Marx

Sorrow for sin is indeed necessary, but it should not be an endless preoccupation. You must dwell also on the glad remembrance of God’s loving-kindness otherwise, sadness will harden the heart and lead it more deeply into despair.

— Saint Bernard

I’ve been a fan of old country music, like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline. I think I’m drawn to it because of the sense of sadness and sort of loss that a lot of good old country music has.

— Sarah McLachlan

When I had cancer, people were surprised at how cheerful and upbeat I was, but I couldn’t let myself go to depression – to go there, that defeat would allow everything in. If you look too far into the abyss, you might never come out again. You can stand on the abyss and peep but not give in to sadness.

— Sam Taylor-Johnson

You feel like everyone hates you if you’ve got a good life, now I feel maybe it’s allowed because I’ve had my share of sadness.

— Stella McCartney

For me, the opposite of happiness isn’t sadness but boredom.

— Sushant Singh Rajput

Even in times of great sadness, there are always moments where we crack up.

— Selenis Leyva

When sadness happens in the middle of work, I separate my personal grief from my train of thought.

— Sergio Aragones

I think a certain amount of anger has been a fuel of mine, if you want – but also some sort of sadness, and plain mischief, of course.

— Siouxsie Sioux

If you say, ‘I listen to pop,’ you picture this kind of perfect, colorful, polished song. I want to have that, but when you open it, you see this gritty dark – kind of like dancing your tears away. Disguise the sadness in a pop beat.

— Tove Lo

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

Music is amazing. There’s some metaphysical comfort where it allows you to be isolated and alone while telling you that you are not alone… truly, the only cure for sadness is to share it with someone else.

— Wayne Coyne

The root of the problem I have is anxiety, and it’s all derived from something – I’m just going to say it, some kind of sadness. It manifests in so many different ways and it affects people differently.

— Vinny Guadagnino
Quotes About Sadness

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