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Melancholy Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Melancholy

Please enjoy these Melancholy Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

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All changes, even the most longed for,
have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life before we can enter another.
- Anatole France

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth.
Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay,
it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.
- Maurice Chevalier

The company of fools may first make us smile,
but in the end we always feel melancholy.
- Oliver Goldsmith

 

The more melancholy side of my literary personality
is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe

In such a diversity it was impossible I should be disposed to melancholy.
- Daniel Boone

Much melancholy has devolved upon mankind,
and it is detestable to me that might will triumph in the end.
- Karel Capek

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But the eighteenth century, on the whole,
loathed melancholy.
- George Saintsbury

Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily,
for the habit will encroach.
- Sydney Smith

Depression is melancholy minus its charms -
the animation,
the fits.
- Susan Sontag

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray,
what charm can soothe her melancholy,
what art can wash her guilt away?
- Oliver Goldsmith

Saturn seems to have impressed the seal of melancholy
on me from the beginning.
- Marsilio Ficino

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
- Charles Dickens

I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial;
but,
if ever I should, it will then be known how far I can
reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth.
- James Otis

Melancholy is no bad thing.
- Sting

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy,
for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.
- Amelia Barr

Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul.
They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.
- Francois Fenelon

One and the same thing can at the same time be good,
bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy,
bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.
- Baruch Spinoza

Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy
than by the agreeable passions.
- David Hume

I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children,
and what an inhuman world without the aged.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A lot of people say I wouldn't have a down day,
but you look at the music and there's real melancholy.
- Stephan Jenkins

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt...
doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel
beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity.
I don't feel required to grasp all the time.
- David Guterson

We may smile at these matters, but they are melancholy illustrations.
- Joseph Howe

There was a darkness, a melancholy, that people had trouble accepting.
Maybe now, it would work better.
- Alain Resnais

Nothing's so dainty sweet as lovely melancholy.
- Francis Beaumont

I think every human being has a level of melancholy in life and in general.
- Sandra Bullock

This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the
souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually.
One feels them passing like a whiff of air.
- William Butler Yeats

We have the melancholy dilemma of not being in a state
to make peace or to prosecute war.
- George Montagu

A commencement is a time of joy.
It is also a time of melancholy.
But then again, so is life.
- Paul Tsongas

I'm not writing just about melancholy stuff anymore,
I made a point to cover a wide range of emotions.
- Chantal Kreviazuk

That's one thing about fashion that you really shouldn't
be-you can't be melancholy in fashion because people don't respond to it.
- Isaac Mizrahi

Youth, however, can afford to enjoy even its melancholy;
for the ultimate fact of which that melancholy is a
prophecy is a long way off.
- Richard Le Gallienne

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy,
who can be dull in Fleet Street.
- Charles Lamb

To be bowed by grief is folly; Naught is gained by melancholy;
Better than the pain of thinking,
Is to steep the sense in drinking.
- Alcaeus

Diabetes is caused by melancholy.
- Thomas Willis

Well, the musicals give emphasis to love,
longing, melancholy, sadness.
All of that is always there.
- Ismail Merchant

The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because
it's cheerful and melancholy at the same time,
and I think it comes from that shadow string,
the double strings.
- Rita Dove

It's a brooding melancholy that haunts me.
- David Guterson

I'm so involved in melancholy.
- Isaac Mizrahi

I know not why there is such a melancholy feeling attached
to the remembrance of past happiness,
except that we fear that the future can have nothing so bright as the past.
- Julia Ward Howe

A lot of the time there is a lot of melancholy in the lyrics.
- Will Champion

Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don't need.
- David Guterson

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
- Charles Baudelaire

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
- Nicolas Chamfort

The cello is such a melancholy instrument,
such an isolated, miserable instrument.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
- Arthur Wellesley

When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy,
one has a success, but when the same things are funny
and melancholic at the same time,
it's just wonderful.
- Francois Truffaut

It is better, however, for his own reputation that
the story-teller should risk a few actions for libel
on account of these unfortunate coincidences than that
he should adopt the melancholy device of using blanks or asterisks.
- James Payn

If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to
this one utopian principle -
absolute busyness -
then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide:
an age without conflict will dawn,
perpetually busy - and without consciousness.
- Gunther Grass

My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today,
perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy.
But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary,
no one enjoys laughing more than I do.
- Anne Stevenson

A strangely reflective, even melancholy day.
Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere,
Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality
of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn?
- Hugh Mackay

Eco sees the intellectual as an organizer of culture,
someone who can run a magazine or a museum.
An administrator, in fact.
I think this is a melancholy situation for an intellectual.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Melancholy has ceased to be an individual phenomenon,
an exception.
It has become the class privilege of the wage earner,
a mass state of mind that finds its cause wherever
life is governed by production quotas.
- Gunther Grass

In applying this subject to the melancholy event,
which has deprived this Diocese of its venerable Bishop,
we presume not to compare him with the blessed Apostle,
of whom we have been speaking.
- John Strachan

A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We were given:
Two hands to hold.
Two legs to walk.
Two eyes to see.
Two ears to listen.
But why only one heart?
Because the other was given to someone else.
For us to find.
- Anonymous

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein

We live in a wonderful world that is
full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

What is our family?
We touch our full hearts and see ourselves
reflected whole in each other's eyes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Gather yourself by the sea shore and I will love you there.
Assemble yourself with wild things,
with songs of the sparrow and sea-foam.
Let mad beauty collect itself in your eyes
and it will shine - Calling me.
For I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair.
A man who will Kiss the Flame.
- Jewel

Know that a flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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