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Sadness Served Straight Up: Quotes to Wallow In

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If misery loves company, then sad quotes are the overcrowded party you can’t miss. Here’s a collection for those moments when you feel like the universe is ghosting you, and all you want to do is read something that hugs your heart—or stomps on it, depending on your mood. From Wilde’s witticisms about broken hearts to Angelou’s achingly beautiful musings on pain, these quotes are here to remind you that yes, life sucks sometimes—and yes, someone else felt it too, wrote it down, and probably cried over it. So, grab your blanket, prepare your sad playlist, and let’s marinate in some classic melancholia.

  1. “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, The Great Gatsby
  2. “There is a certain strength in being alone.”
    — Heather Duffy Stone, This Is What I Want to Tell You
  3. “Tears are words that need to be written.”
    — Paulo Coelho
  4. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
    — Ernest Hemingway (often cited as a six-word short story encapsulating profound sadness)
  5. “It’s strange. I felt less lonely when I didn’t know you.”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre, The Flies
  6. “Sometimes the worst place you can be is in your own head.”
    — Unknown
  7. “The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.”
    — William Faulkner
  8. “What a wonderful sadness to miss the one who was never yours.” — André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name
  9. “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
  10. “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”
    — Henry Rollins
  11. “The heart was made to be broken.”
    — Oscar Wilde
  12. “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 all alone.”
    — Robin Williams
  13. “Sometimes you laugh because you’ve got no more room for crying.”
    — Terry Pratchett
  14. “Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment.”
    — Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
  15. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”
    — Dante Alighieri
  16. “Even in the loneliest moments I have been there for myself.”
    — Sanober Khan
  17. “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”
    — Mother Teresa
  18. “When you feel sad, it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world.”
    — Mac Miller
  19. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”
    — Jonathan Safran Foer
  20. “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”
    — Jim Rohn

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