60 Quotes For Overcoming Sadness When It Feels Like Too Much To Bear

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You may think that there's no way out from your grief or no light at the end of the tunnel of your depression — but it really does get better, even if you can't see that right now. Sometimes we just need to have faith.

It's unimaginably hard to stay positive when all you feel is constant negativity. It takes hard work, a lot of strength, and a real desire to keep your head above water. And even that isn't always enough.

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Grief is a process and there's no telling how much time it will take for you to get through it. It's exhausting and, more often than not, you just feel like giving into it. But you can't. You have to keep fighting, because somewhere in the back of your head you know this is going to pass.

Your sadness may never fully go away (or maybe it's hard to imagine that it will right now), but it will fade and loosen its grasp. Soon enough, it will become manageable.

Handling your sadness it when it can be so unpredictable may seem impossible, but you have to remember that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to — including remaining hopeful and optimistic when every fiber of your being is telling you to do the opposite.

No matter your situation or how well you manage it on a day-to-day basis, we could all use a little encouragement.

The Best Sadness Quotes To Help You Overcome The Pain You're Feeling:

1. "We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim." —R.M. Drake

2. "It's going to get harder before it gets easier. But it will get better. You just have to make it through."

3. "You either get bitter, or you get better. You either take what's been dealt to you and allow it to make you better, or you allow it to tear you down."

4. "An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great."

5. "Grief never ends... but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... it is the price of love."

6. “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” —Paulo Coehlo

7. "Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place."

8. "Sometimes life doesn't give you something you want, not because you don't deserve it, but because you deserve more."

9. "Whoever is trying to bring you down, is already below you."

10. "The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away."

11. "My entire life can be described in one sentence: it didn't go as planned, and that's okay."

12. “Trying to avoid sadness is trying to avoid life.” —Maxime Lagacé

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13. "Keep calm and be crazy, laugh, love, and live it up because this is the oldest you've been and the youngest you'll ever be again."

14. "Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough."

15. "I've learned more from pain than I could've ever learned from pleasure."

16. "Pain doesn't just show up in our lives for no reason. It's a sign that something in our lives needs to change."

17. "Whatever you do, never run back to what broke you."

18. “Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.” —Leonardo da Vinci

19. "Someday you're gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You'll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing."

20. "Don't carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them."

21. "Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love."

22. "Don’t desire happiness because it creates only unhappiness and nothing else." —Osho

23. "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

24. “What brings us to tears, will lead us to grace. Our pain is never wasted.” —Bob Goff

25. "Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter." —Friedrich Nietzsche

26. "Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason." —Alain de Botton

27. "The perfected future never arrives. Life is full of seemingly endless trouble, and then life ends. Find peace in the imperfect present." —The Stoic Emperor

28. "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

29. "Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before – more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle." —Charles Dickens

30. “There are two medicines for all ills: time and silence.” —Alexander Dumas

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31. "Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity." —Carl Jung

32. "Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves." —Emily Brontë

33. "Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive." —Thich Nhat Hanh

34. "What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears." —Seneca

35. "I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone." —Robin Williams

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

37. "People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long." —Johnny Depp

38. "Sadness flies away on the wings of time." —Jean de La Fontaine

39. "When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps." —John Lennon

40. "Those who do not weep, do not see." —Victor Hugo 

41. "Trifles make the sum of life." —Charles Dickens

42. “The good life is not one immune to sadness but one in which suffering contributes to our development.” —Alain de Botton

43. "When one door closes, another opens." —Alexander Bell

44. "The only way out is through." —Robert Frost

45. "Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations."

46. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." —Lao Tzu

47. "If you’re going through Hell, keep going." —Winston Churchill

48. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” —Oprah Winfrey

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49. "Learning is a gift. Even when pain is your teacher." —Maya Watson

50. "Tough times don’t last. Tough people do." —Robert H. Schuller

51. "That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful."

52. "If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful." —Sophia Loren

53. "Moving on is simple. It’s what you leave behind that makes it so difficult."

54. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” —Rumi

55. "You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself." —Iyanla Vanzant

56. "We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." —Kenji Miyazawa

57. "You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself." —English Proverb

58. "What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality." —Plutarch

59. "Sometimes you must play in the dark before you can see the light."

60. "Embrace the depth of your depression and know that it is there for a good reason."

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Madelyn Rennie is a writer and frequent contributor to YourTango who writes about astrology, relationships, and education.