Today, let’s ponder over some sad quotes about life. We all have our ups and downs. Happy moments and sad ones too. Sadness comes from every aspects of our life; from lost dreams, missed opportunities, friendship, and even intimate relationship.

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The First Noble Truth of Buddhism says that life is suffering. Pain, getting old, sickness, and ultimately death. We also have to endure agony like loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger.

Sadness and sufferings are part and parcel of life.

And the Third Noble Truth says that suffering can be overcome and true happiness and contentment can be attained.

I am sure you have heard the popular quote: “Pain and suffering is inevitable but misery is optional.” Anyway, here are some selected sad quotes about life:

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been!” – John Greenleaf Whittier

“A man’s sorrow runs uphill; true it is difficult for him to bear, but it is also difficult for him to keep.” – Djuna Barnes

“A moment of time may make us unhappy forever.” – John Gay

“Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain

“Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.” – Quoted in Guidepost Magazine

“The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louis E. Boone

“The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Sorrows when shared are less burdensome, though joys divided are increased.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” – W. M. Lewis

“If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you.” – Yiddish Proverbs

“A wound heals but the scar remains.” – Proverb

“Suffering is getting what you do not want while wanting what you do not get.” – JI Packer

“The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.” – Thomas Carlyle