When you're feeling down, knowing that you're not alone can be a great source of comfort. YourDictionary's collection of sad quotes can serve as a reminder that sorrow is a natural human emotion—temporary, but necessary to make you appreciate the brighter parts of life.
From her book, ttfn (2007).
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
Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced... It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.J. K. Rowling
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrate hope severer than despair.william cowper
It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor the judgment to hold their tongues.jean de la bruyère
There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.e. m. forster
Sadness can't be prevented. No matter who you are or what you do, everyone occasionally has bad days. As Leo Buscaglia explained, worrying about what will happen won't affect the outcome. "Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy," he said.
A common mistake that people make in life is to avoid taking risks for fear of causing sadness. Staying in your comfort zone is the path of least resistance, but it prevents the possibility of growth and change that can bring about true joy. John Greenleaf Whittier sums up this sentiment with the quote, "For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been’."
While sadness can often feel overwhelming, it's important to remember that better times are ahead. The obstacles you face at the moment are just part of a larger plan. They're the beginning of your story, not the ending. "There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm," John Heyl Vincent said.
Often, sadness is part of a larger life lesson. Sorrow teaches empathy and reminds us what's most important in our lives. "Has it never occurred to us, when surrounded by sorrows, that they may be sent to us only for our instruction, as we darken the cages of birds when we wish to teach them to sing?" Jean Paul said.