102 Sad Love Quotes [Full of Melancholy]


With love comes pain. Both go hand-in-hand and they always will. If you’re struggling with lovesickness, we have something for you. This list of sad love quotes will encourage you to move on with your life so that you can find your new true love. And for more about this subject, have a look at our collection of relationship quotes.

Falling in love is wonderful. You have butterflies in your tummy and can’t wait to see your newfound soulmate again. It’s a time of daydreams, smiles, and giggles. Everything around you seems just perfect and right, as if your entire life was transformed by the power of love.

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”
E.A. Bucchianeri

But nothing lasts forever and your feelings for each other will eventually mature. One day you’ll find yourself no longer wearing those rose-colored glasses. That’s when your relationship begins to take effort and commitment to maintain.

Sad love quotes

Enjoy this collection of sad love quotes to lift you up

No matter if you’ve just broken up with your partner or if you find yourself in a healthy long-term relationship, love will always cause pain. You could have a broken heart because your significant other ended the relationship just as much as you could struggle with being physically separated from your loved one.

Opening yourself up to love is a risk. Sometimes, exposing yourself to love does not pay off and will leave you badly hurt. Fortunately, other times it won’t and you have a chance of spending the rest of your life with your soulmate.

102 Sad Love Quotes Full of Melancholy

If you ever want to take any chance of ever finding your true love, you need to be willing to open yourself up to all the uncomfortable emotions that may come with unrequited love and rejection.

To help you in opening your heart wide enough so that you can make room for a new love, we have selected some of the finest sad love quotes for you. These are the quotes that will encourage you to trust in love again and to keep looking for that very special someone that is waiting out there for you.

Here’s our selection of sad love quotes


“Love is never supposed to hurt. Love is supposed to heal, to be your haven from misery, to make living worthwhile.”
Mia Asher

Love is supposed to heal


“It’s the love that goes through the hardest trials and survives that’s worth having.”
Katie Ashley

The hardest trials


“Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.”
J.M. Barrie

Love unreturned has its rainbow


“I miss him, and the pain of it is a yawning chasm, one into which I yearn to let myself fall.”
Holly Black

I miss him


“I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.”
Dorothy B. Hughes

I died when you left me


“It hurts to let go, to say goodbye for the final time and remain distant in your closure, it may even tear your heart out to the point of insanity; but somehow in it all you find the pieces of your worth and you start creating yourself again, and in that journey of transformation you find the essence of what truly matters, inner happiness. It’s life, we all fall at some stage but it’s up to you, to decide how long you want to stay there.”
Nikki Rowe

Inner happiness


“A person doesn’t know true hurt and suffering until they’ve felt the pain of falling in love with someone whose affections lie elsewhere.”
Rose Gordon

True hurt and suffering


“True love is many things and can survive the strongest and most painful of times. When love comes out the other side of a fire, it may be scarred forever, but this bruised love is somehow only greater for having survived the pain.”
John Carter Cash


“I’ve enough pride never to let myself love a man who does not love me.”
Leo Tolstoy

Enough pride


“Love is hard to find, hard to keep, and hard to forget.”
Alysha Speer

Love is hard to find


“All good things come to an end and the pain of some endings isn’t worth the good things.”
Emilyann Allen

All good things come to an end


“This was the lesson we kept learning over and over and over, the lesson our mother was best capable of teaching us. Love—whatever else it might or might not be—was fleeting. Love stormed into your life and occupied it, it took over every corner of your soul, made itself comfortable, made itself wanted, then treasured, then necessary, love did all of this and then it did next the only thing it had left to do, it retreated, it vanished, it left no trace of itself. Love was horrifying.”
Christie Hodgen


“I’d always secretly believed that a love as fierce and true as mine would be rewarded in the end, and now I was being forced to accept the bitter truth.”
Alma Katsu

The bitter truth


“When I look behind on all my younger times, I’ll have to thank the wrongs that led me to a love so strong.”
John Mayer

Led me to a love so strong


“I miss everything about you
Can’t believe that I still want you
And after all the things we’ve been through”
Colbie Caillat


“He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”
Markus Zusak

He steps on my heart


“I’ll never tell you to stop loving. You see, I believe in hopeless love. Oh yes. I believe in it with all my heart, though you may discount the heart of an old nanny like me. For real love brings pain. Real love means sacrifices and hurts and all the thousand shocks of life. But it also means beauty, true beauty.”
Anne Elisabeth Stengl


“Love bleeds you dry until the red organ ceases to beat.”
Sonya Watson

Love bleeds you dry


“Nobody ever gets what they want when it comes to love.”
Scott Turow


“It’s hard to let go, especially after you’ve invested a few years. It’s hard to let go of who we imagined someone else was too. You loved him so you overlooked all the things that were obvious to everyone around you. We all do it.”
Jacqueline Simon Gunn


“Among my stillness was a pounding heart.”
Shannon A. Thompson


“What’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?”
James Patterson

Knowing you can never have it


“You were the love of my life, Harper. And you didn’t want to be. That’s hard to let go.”
Kristan Higgins


“My melancholy is the most faithful mistress I have known; what wonder, then, that I love her in return.”
Søren Kierkegaard


“You fell in love with a storm. Did you really think you would get out unscathed?”
Nikita Gill

You fell in love with a storm


“The knowledge that she would never be loved in return acted upon her ideas as a tide acts upon cliffs.”
Thornton Wilder


“There are two types of people in the world: those who prefer to be sad among others, and those who prefer to be sad alone.”
Nicole Krauss


“Love is like a flower. It’s upright when it’s in harmony and withered when it’s dead.”

Love is like a flower


“If only for a moment. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary person you loved.”
James Hilton


“If you don’t receive love from the ones who are meant to love you, you will never stop looking for it.”
Robert Goolrick


“Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.”
Christina Westover

Unrequired love


“The thing about loving someone, is that yelling at them only feels good while you’re doing it – as soon as they’re gone, all you want to do is take it all back”
Lauren Barnholdt


“You left and I cried tears of blood. My sorrow grows. It’s not just that You left. But when You left my eyes went with You. Now, how will I cry?”


“One day you’re going to remember me and how much I loved you… then you’re gonna hate yourself for letting me go.”


“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little.”
Christopher Morley

Heavy hearts


“The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.”
Faraaz Kazi


“My daddy has a chain five miles long, on each link a heart for a lover he has lost.”
Dolly Parton


“Never be afraid to love. Just be careful who you love.”
Carlos Wallace

Never be afraid to love


“I love walking in the rain because no one can see me crying.”
Rowan Atkinson


“She alone had been blind to his merit. Why? Because he loved her and she did not love him. What was it in the human heart that made you despise a man because he loved you?”
W. Somerset Maugham


“Because you let our love just fall apart
You no longer have my heart”
Boyz II Men


“Love. The only emotion that could twist you into such a knot that you could no longer distinguish between wanting to be with someone and wanting to destroy everything you shared. Love. The only emotion that could break the same person it had healed.”
Jacqueline Simon Gunn


“Nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be.”
Gregory David Roberts

A great love


“It was hard to pour endless love into someone who wouldn’t love you back. No one could do it forever”
Zoje Stage


“I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I’m tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that’s been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?”
Audrey Niffenegger


“The more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone, and maybe it’s that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you’re near enough.”
Robin Benway


“Every time you enter the melancholic tunnel of unrequited love, you will get out of that tunnel with a less cheerful heart but with a more mature mind!”
Mehmet Murat ildan


“She said she didn’t love him, and he said it didn’t matter, and the poverty of their words brought tears to their eyes.”
Françoise Sagan


“I’ve decided that it’s possible to love someone for entirely selfless reasons, for all of their flaws and weaknesses, and still not succeed in having them love you back. It’s sad, perhaps, but not tragic, unless you dwell forever in the pursuit of their elusive affections.”
Cammie McGovern


“I hope you find someone who knows how to love you when you are sad.”
Nikita Gill

I hope you find someone


“With women who do not love us, as with the “dear departed,” the knowledge that there is no hope left does not prevent us from continuing to wait.”
Marcel Proust


“You thought love was just gonna be there. You weren’t taught that it had to be made, it had to be mixed, kneaded, recycled. Over and over, you have to keep creating it. Over and over with everyone you love. Over and over.”
Darnell Lamont Walker


“We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and—in spite of True Romance magazines—we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way.”
Hunter S. Thompson


“If you love something, let it go…”
Karen Shreck


“My tears brought no sense of release or relief. Their flight felt like the lightest, coldest touch of a departing lover.”
Anne Giardini


“The pain of one-sided love, of knowing that I had loved her more than she had loved me”
Sierra Simone

One-sided love


“I see a lot of love in your heart. Despite the pain it causes. Love is like a stubborn disease. There’s no way to cure it.”
Carlos Aleman


“If I love you, is that any of your business?”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If I love you


“The way he looked at you. I got it then. He loved you, and it was killing him. He won’t get over you, Clary, he can’t.”
Cassandra Clare


“I decided I would fill the emptiness in me with God and with paint.”
Kimberly Novosel

Fill the emptiness


“I feel as if no one really loves anyone. There is no real love. The majority of people in this world believe in give and take. No person loves anyone unconditionally.”
Avijeet Das


“Maybe I was destined to forever fall in love with people I couldn’t have.”
Carol Rifka Brunt


“A long-lost love. A living, breathing embodiment of what might have been.”
Jamie Ford


“Always – without hope – I’ve never had my love reciprocated ever.”
Iris Murdoch

Sad quote about love


“Winter is much like unrequited love; cold and merciless.”
Kellie Elmore


“What do you do when the one person you want comfort from the most is the one who caused your pain?”
Amanda Grace


“Some people cannot be fixed. Or if they can be, it’s only by love and sacrifice so great it destroys the giver.”
Cassandra Clare


“It hurts to love. It’s like giving yourself to be flayed and knowing that at any moment the other person may just walk off with your skin.”
Susan Sontag


“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
Richard Puz

Love leaves a memory


“Fearful that they would be caught, the young lovers cast themselves into the sea with their stone, saying these words, ‘May we ever be united in love and hidden as long as this stone hides in deep waters.’„
Rebecca Boucher


“Trief is the ultimate unrequited love. However hard and however long we love someone who has died, they can never love us back. At least that is how it feels…”
Rosamund Lupton


“When we first met,
I was lonely, and you were pretty.
Now I am pretty lonely.”
Lemony Snicket


I knew finding love and holding on to it were not the same thing.”
Mary E. Pearson

Finding love


“In a love relationship one person is usually at the helm. The one who loves more suffers the most.”
Vincent Okay


“She hated that she was still so desperate for a glimpse of him, but it had been this way for years.”
Julia Quinn


“So I learned not only that your loved one may be forbidden you, given away to someone else, but also that though you love someone they may run from you, and you may open your arms but they shall not come in.”
Edward Carey


“Time seemed to stand still around me; the mornings just as cloudy and dark as the evenings, as if the sun had never decided to rise. There was no wind, like the world was holding its breath along with me, waiting for him to return.”
Yvonne Woon


“Love, like acting, is a lonely pursuit.”
Wyatt B. Pringle, Jr.

A lonely pursuit


“If you could love someone, and keep loving them, without being loved back… then that love had to be real. It hurt too much to be anything else.”
Sarah Cross


“Long after Clark had gone home, Solomon stayed up wondering if everyone falls in love with someone who can’t love them back.”
John Corey Whaley


Someone should have told me that love is for those few brave who can handle the unbearable emptiness, the unbearable guilt and lack of oneself, because I lost myself to someone I love.”
Charlotte Eriksson


“I decided I would never love anyone again because you just felt like an idiot when you put love out there and it didn’t come back your way.”
Karen Tayleur


“Love needs reality. What is more terrible than the discovery that through a bodily appearance we have been loving an imaginary being. It is much more terrible than death, from death does not prevent the Beloved from having lived. That is the punishment for having fed love on imagination.”
Simone Weil


“I can’t say what I was looking for exactly, though I was ever hopeful that he might come out and profess his love, save me, run away with me, solve all my problems.”
Ottessa Moshfegh


“I fear being alone more than anything else. So why do I do this? Why do I push away the people I love?”
Victoria Aveyard


“The wounds of the past and the scars of the present don’t disfigure me in your eyes – because you know the price I pay for loving you.”
John Geddes


“When you love something, you have to make sure it loves you back, or you’ll bring about no end of trouble chasing it.”
Patrick Rothfuss


“It is far more painful to awake from a beautiful slumber and – in that brief period when the continuity of life is still lost to you – to reach across the bed for a hand that is not there.”
E.O. Higgins


“Rejection, though – it could make the loss of someone you weren’t even that crazy about feel gut-wrenching and world ending.”
Deb Caletti


“She felt him more than life to her and knew him lost, and the frenzy, that makes a woman kill the man she loves, or fling vitriol to destroy the beauty she cannot have for all hers, possessed her lawless soul.”
William Dean Howells


“If somebody hurts you, it’s okay to cry a river, just remember to build a bridge and get over it.”
Taylor Swift

Cry a river


“I had deluded myself throughout by the idea of reviving a secret love which did not exist at all.”
Iris Murdoch


“This life is a constant suffering of being too much and still not enough.”
Sherry Namdeo


“I died a lot
to live a little
with you”
Yaghma Golroei


“Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. Perhaps this is why we always love madly someone who treats us with indifference.”
Cesare Pavese


“Rain makes me feel less alone. All rain is, is a cloud- falling apart, and pouring its shattered pieces down on top of you. It makes me feel good to know I’m not the only thing that falls apart. It makes me feel better to know other things in nature can shatter.”
Lone Alaskan Gypsy


“It doesn’t sound so far-fetched, right? When two people love each other? While a part of me still wants to believe it’s possible, I know it’s not going to happen”
Nicholas Sparks


“She knew too well the heartbreak of wanting love from someone who was not capable of giving it.”
Julie Johnstone

The heartbreak of wanting love


“You’re the queen of pushing people away before they can say they like you. The queen of rejecting first so you can’t be rejected.”
Maggie Ann Martin


“The biggest curse in life is not losing your love, but not being loved by someone you love.”
Kiran Joshi


“What broke your heart so bad
That you had to close every door,
That you say you have a dark soul
And can’t utter the word ‘love’ anymore?”
Sanhita Baruah


“Unrequited love is a ridiculous state, and it makes those in it behave ridiculously.”
Cassandra Clare

We hope you enjoyed this collection of sad love quotes.

Opening yourself up to love gives you the chance of experiencing all the wonders and joys that it has to offer. It can transform every aspect of your life just as much as it can cause severe pain. But in the end, taking that risk is always worth it when you finally have arrived in the hands of someone who unconditionally loves you from you are.

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