50 Sad Quotes You Can Relate To When Life & Love Get You Down

It's okay to cry over these sad quotes.

50 Relatable Sad Quotes For When Life & Love Get You Down

When life puts a damper on your parade, reading relatable sad quotes can ease the pain. 

Sadness, doubt, and anxiety are difficult to work through. We all want to fall in love and live a perfect life — but that's not reality. 

One way to cope is to read relatable sad quotes that will inspire you to pull yourself out of your slump.

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Even the saddest quote in the world ("A million words would not bring you back, I know because I tried, neither would a million tears, I know because I cried. ") can teach you how to rise above.

And while this list includes quotes about sadness, there are a few deep quotes that can further you along in your journey to happiness. Remember the words of Jonathan Safran Foer: “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness,” as well as the words of Paulo Coelho: “Tears are words that need to be written.”

50 Sad Quotes for Life & Love That Are Totally Relatable

Sometimes optimistic quotes and gratitude quotes are not the self-love quotes that can give you a quick pick me up. Country breakup songs and powerful quotes you find on social media might do the trick.


Sad Quotes:

1."When a girl cries, it's not usually over one thing. It's built up anger and emotions that she's been holding in for too long."  — Joe King

2. "Tears come from the heart and not from the brain." — Anita Bath

3. "I feel like I'm waiting for something that isn't going to happen." — Arty Fischel

4. "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." — Chester Minnit

5."I hate getting flashbacks from things I don't want to remember." — Drew A. Head

6. "Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness and remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that's just the way it is!" — Dita Von Teese


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7. "I just want a day where it feels like I'm not falling apart anymore." — Frank N. Stein

8. "She wasn't bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time." — Stephen Chbosky

9. "I'm exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel." — Brighton Early


10. "Tears are words the heart can't express." — Gerard Way

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Quotes About Sadness And Pain:

11. "Sometimes all you can do is smile. Move on with your day, hold back the tears and pretend you're okay." — Don Keigh

12. "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



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13. "When she is happy, she can't stop talking, when she is sad, she doesn't say a word." — Ann Brashares 

14. "A broken heart is just the growing pains necessary so that you can love more completely when the real thing comes along." — J.S.B. Morse


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15. "I miss me. The old me, the happy me, the bright me, the smiling me, the laughing me, the gone me." — Hugh Raye

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

17. "Do you ever want to say something that's pissing you off, but you know it'll start an argument so you leave it and let it kill you inside." — Al E. Gater


Sad Quotes On Love:

18. "Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence." — Holly Wood

19. "Have you ever been so sad that it physically hurts inside?" — Crystal Ball

20. "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

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21. "It hurts, but it's okay... I'm used to it." — Imma Hog

22. "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!" — Hope Les


23. "I'm tired of fighting. For once, I want to be fought for." — Dick Tate

24. “Don't cry over someone who wouldn't cry over you.” ― Lauren Conrad

Short Sad Quotes:

25. "My life has become this one big 'I don't know.'" — Iona Mink

26. "So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love." ― E.A. Bucchianeri, "Brushstrokes of a Gadfly"


27. "The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly." — F. Scott Fitzgerald


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28. "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.

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29. "That feeling when you're not necessarily sad, but you just feel really empty." — M.T. Room

30. "Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy." ― Virginia Woolf, "Orlando"


31. "My body and heart weren't made for this. I'm tired of being tired and I'm tired of being sad." — Don Keigh

32. "The sadness will last forever." ― Vincent van Gogh

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33. "And now night has fallen and I sit here and think about you and hope that sometimes you think about me too." — Heywood U Cuddleme

34. "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

35. "My head is currently a horrible place to be." — Horace Cope

36. "I did not know how to reach him, how to catch up with him... The land of tears is so mysterious." ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince"


37. "The worst feeling isn't being lonely, it's being forgotten by someone you'd never forget." — Helen Hywater


38. "A void in my chest was beginning to fill with anger. Quiet, defeated anger that guaranteed me the right to my hurt, that believed no one could possibly understand that hurt." ― Rachel Sontag, "House Rules"

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Sad Life Quotes:

39. "Faking a smile is so much easier than explaining why are you sad." — Iona Mink


40. “The saddest thing is to be a minute to someone, when you've made them your eternity.” ― Sanober Khan

41. "Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed, and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart." — William C. Hannan 

42. “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” ― Kahlil Gibran, "Sand and Foam"

43. "How did I go from that little five year old, always happy and always laughing to... this?" — Chester Minnit

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

Deep Sadness Quotes:

45. "Who do you turn to when the only person in the world that can stop you from crying, is exactly the one making you cry?" — Anita Room


46. "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

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47. "When you're happy you enjoy the music. When you're sad you understand the lyrics." — Frank Ocean 

48. "There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy." — Dante Alighieri


49. "Today my forest is dark. The trees are sad and all the butterflies have broken wings." — Raine Cooper 

50. "Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear." — Joshua Wisenbaker

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Lauren Margolis is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.


Sometimes optimistic quotes and gratitude quotes are not the self love quotes that can give you a quick pick me up. Country breakup songs and powerful quotes you find on social media might do the trick.