Life has its ups and downs, twists and turns, doom and gloom. We may try to do everything that we can to avoid pain and sadness, but it’s just not possible. It doesn’t matter if we’re empty-handed or living well, no one is spared from being unhappy.
While improving our circumstances can provide us comfort and joy, unhappiness doesn’t always come from our lack of success or lack of riches. Sometimes we just lose sight of the things that truly matter, like love and family, sunsets and full moons – our daily victories.
Every unhappiness we feel is valid, that much is true. But at the end of the day, we’re still responsible for how we respond and act. We can either let it consume us or allow ourselves to see the challenges that come our way in a new light.
If you’re feeling down and hopeless, these 30 unhappy quotes will remind you that what you’re going through is temporary. And that there’s always a way out of unhappiness.
People don’t know when they are happy. They’re never so unhappy as they think they are. – Marcel Proust
Sometimes you have to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything – whatever is bringing you down – get rid of it. Because you will find that when you are free, your true creativity, your true self comes out. – Tina Turner
Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow. – James M. Barrie
If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it’s going to happen anyhow. – Mitch Albom
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I’ve realized I can’t waste any moment being unhappy. – Marat Safin
When you’re unhappy, I guess everything in the world – reading, eating, sleeping – has something buried somewhere inside it that just makes you unhappier. – Nick Hornby
We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. – Walter Savage
People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty. – Tim Ferriss
Indeed there has never been any explanation of the ebb and flow in our veins–of happiness and unhappiness. – Virginia Woolf
How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. – Publilius Syrus
Comparison is the thief of joy. – Theodore Roosevelt
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Those who divorce aren’t necessarily the most unhappy, just those neatly able to believe their misery is caused by one other person. – Alain de Botton
It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far. – Marilyn Monroe
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. – Abraham Maslow
I barricaded myself and stared out the window, without seeing anything but my own unhappiness. – Thomas Bernhard
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. – Albert Camus
Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. – Dale Carnegie
The natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The more refined one is, the more unhappy. – Anton Chekhov
To be happy, you have to risk being unhappy. – Ogwo David Emenike
It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change. – Mignon McLaughlin
If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy. – Donald Knuth
Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations. – Sebastian Horsley
When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing. – Joseph Roux
It’s a hard life if you don’t weaken. – Stephen King
Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If you’re unhappy, you should change what you’re doing. – Marc Andreessen
We become moral when we are unhappy. – Marcel Proust
You know, happiness isn’t a permanent state. Neither is unhappiness. There’s a flow, back and forth. – Carole Glickfeld
Share these 30 unhappy quotes to inspire your family and friends to appreciate whatever good things they have going.