200+ Heartbreaking Loneliness Quotes When You Feel Sad

Loneliness is a deep emotion and is perceived differently by different individuals. Many people find comfort in reading loneliness quotes, which help them deal with their emotions better. Some individuals perceive loneliness pessimistically, considering it a silent killer that could cause depression and emptiness. On the contrary, those who view this emotion positively feel peaceful and serene when alone.

Browse through this post to explore some deep and meaningful quotes on loneliness from positive and negative perspectives.

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‘Feeling Alone’ Quotes

  1. “There are worse things than feeling alone. Things like being with someone and still feeling alone.”— M.W Poetry
  2. “I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others — young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.” — Scott Fitzgerald
  3. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.”— Charles M. Schulz
  4. “We’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we’ve never even met?” — David Foster Wallace
  1. “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” — Mother Teresa
  2. “Very suddenly. Yes, quite suddenly, I didn’t feel like I could handle my feeling of aloneness.”— Markus Zusak
  3. “What makes us lonely are the feelings that we never share with anyone.” — Bunny Naidu
  4. “People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.” — Kim Culberston
  5. “Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone.” — Rollo May
  6. “We live in such a lonely world because most days we wake up and decide to marry no one but ourselves.” — Christopher Poindexter

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  1. “Loneliness might be taking you towards an otherwise unreachable experience of reality.” — Olivia Laing
  2. “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” — Ellen Burstyn
  3. “Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” ― Douglas Coupland
  4. “Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” — Thomas Wolfe
  5. “The act of speaking out makes you alone.” — Ravish Kumar
  6. “Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.” — Poppy Z. Brite
  7. “Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.” — Charles Bukowski
  8. “All great and precious things are lonely.” — John Steinbeck
  9. “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
  10. “Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon.” — Woody Allen
  11. “Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” — Dag Hammarskjold
  12. “There is something immaculate about loneliness which only lonely people can understand.” — Munia Khan
  13. “It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.” — Marilyn Monroe
  14. “Don’t go away. I don’t want to be alone. I can’t stand being alone.” — Arnold Rothstein
  15. “When we truly realize that we are all alone is when we need others the most.” — Ronald Anthony
  16. “Until you get comfortable with being alone you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.” — Mandy Hale
  17. “We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.” — Albert Schweitzer
  18. “The surest sign of age is loneliness.” — Annie Dillard
  19. “The trouble is not really in being alone, it’s being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don’t you think?” — Christine Feehan
  20. “While I’m perfectly able of walking this planet without you, it would be the loneliest journey knowing you exist.” — J. Iron Word
  21. “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” — Joseph F. Newton
  22. “The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.” — Charlotte Brontë
  23. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” — Johann Wolfgange Von Goethe
  24. “The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present.” — Alan Lightman
  25. “Over time, loneliness gets inside you and doesn’t go away.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  26. “It’s so stupid because all I wanted was space and now that I have it, there’s this part of me that’s achingly lonely I could die.” — Hannah Harrington
  27. “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!” — Edith Wharton
  28. “Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.” — Haruki Murakami
  29. “But nothing makes a room feel emptier than wanting someone in it.” — Calla Quinn

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  1. “My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.” — Khalil Gibran
  2. “There is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock.” — Charles Bukowski
  3. “The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.” — Deb Caletti
  4. “I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.” — Daniel Keyes
  5. “Loneliness, as a result of being ignored, is nothing but the worst emotion of life.”
  1. “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.” — Aldous Huxley
  2. “At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self.” — Brendan Behan
  3. “I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.” — Anaïs Nin
  4. “It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny.” — Joel Osteen
  5. “Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.” — Guillermo Maldonado
  6. “Maybe true love isn’t out there for me, but I can sublimate my loneliness with the notion that true love is out there for someone.” — Roxane Gay
  7. “In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.” — Carl Sagan
  8. “Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.” — Anne Hathaway
  9. “People run away to be alone,’ he said. Some people had to be alone.”― William Trevo
  10. “She understood how a world jammed with phones, email, and faxes could still leave you feeling utterly alone.” ― Jodi Picoult
  11. “You’ll end up living a lonely life if you’re waiting around for perfect.”― Samantha Young

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  1. “The worst thing about loneliness is that it brings one face to face with oneself.”― Mary Balogh
  2. “Being alone is always better than living with someone with obligations.”
  3. “All men’s misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.” — Jean de La Bruyère
  4. “Tore up my heart and shut it down. Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple little kind of free. Nothing to do, no one but me, and that’s all I need. I’m perfectly lonely.” — John Mayer
  5. “A broken relationship can make you feel more lonely than when you were single.” — Philip K Dick
  6. “When the people you love are gone, you’re alone.” — Keanu Reeves
  7. “Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.” — Germaine Greer
  8. “The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” — Norman Cousins
  9. “I’ll never forget how depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.” — Henry Rollins
  10. “An overcrowded world is the ideal place in which to be lonely.” — Brian W. Aldiss
  11. “You better go alone than with negative people!” — Israelmore Ayivor
  12. “We isolated ourselves because it hurt less.” — Jodi Picoult
  13. “You should not be strong every time. At times, all you have to be is alone and let out your emotions.”
  14. “We are all born alone and die alone. The loneliness is definitely part of the journey of life.” — Jenova Chen
  15. “All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!” — Dr. Seuss

‘Sad And Alone’ Quotes

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  1. “It’s strange. I felt less lonely when I didn’t know you.” — Jean-Paul Sartre
  2. “What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?” — George Eliot
  3. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” — Maya Angelou
  4. “He says he’s lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she’s lonely too. She doesn’t say why.” ― Marguerite Duras
  5. “Sometimes it’s better to be alone, no one can hurt you that way.” — Tinku Razoria
  6. “For me, books have always been a way to feel less alone while being alone. Perhaps if I was depressed and isolated, just communicating with these authors through their sentences helped me.” — Jonathan Ames
  7. “I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.” — Robin Williams
  8. “This world that I live in is empty and cold. The loneliness cuts me and tortures my soul.” — Waylon Jennings
  9. “I feel so alone in this world fill with 7.billions souls.”― Marty Bisson milo
  10. “Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.” — Pauline Phillips
  11. “Keep in mind that to avoid loneliness, many people need both a social circle and an intimate attachment. Having just one of two may still leave you feeling lonely.” — Gretchen Rubin
  12. “There is no loneliness like that of a failed marriage.” — Alexander Theroux
  1. “I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.” — Augusten Burroughs
  2. “It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.” — Albert Einstein
  3. “Who knows what true loneliness is—not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.” — Joseph Conrad
  4. “Loneliness is emptiness begging to be filled.” — Christy Ann Martine
  5. “There is no worse feeling than being thrown alone in the race of life to face its miseries.”
  6. “I don’t know whether I am depressed. I’m sure I don’t feel sadness, but I am neither happy. I joke and laugh around, but then I feel lonely.”
  7. “I think I am struggling between two phases; one is I want to be alone, and the other is I want to be lonely.”
  8. “Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone.” — Rollo May
  9. “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” — Lois Lowry
  10. “I had been alone more than I could have been had I gone by myself.”― Sylvia Plath
  11. “Loneliness is not the absence of affection, but the absence of direction.” — Mike Murdock
  12. “We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.” — John Steinbeck
  13. “When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.”— Audrey Hepburn
  14. “Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone, each of us is deeply lonely.” — Mortimer Adler
  15. “Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind.” — Martha Beck
  16. “The capacity for not feeling lonely can carry a very real price, that of feeling nothing at all.” — Douglas Coupland
  17. “You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming.” — Emily Carr
  18. “Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight.” — Roy Orbison

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  1. “Two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes.” — Haruki Murakami
  2. “If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation, and loneliness.” — Sharon Salzberg
  3. “Sometimes being surrounded by everyone is the loneliest, because you’ll realize you have no one to turn to.”― Soraya
  4. “You have to go ahead, even if no one goes with you.” — Lailah Gifty Akita
  5. “The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.” — Mark Twain
  6. “Everyone’s alone — or so it seems to me. They make noises, and think they are talking to each other; They make faces, and think they understand each other. And I’m sure they don’t. Is that a delusion?” — T.S. Eliot
  7. “I always smile so that nobody sees my loneliness.”
  8. “Yes, I am going through the hardest phase of life, that’s loneliness. I don’t know where I would be after this.”
  9. “The worst feeling attached to loneliness is the thought of dying.”
  10. “I am waiting for someone to hold my hands and say that this phase of loneliness will be over soon.”
  11. “I am so lonely in this world that I do not know who I am.”
  12. “Being lonely is a stage when all your anger turns to depression and tears.”
  13. “Loneliness is a stage that makes you feel the worst.”
  14. “Sometimes, I think loneliness is the reminder that you are alive.”
  15. “Loneliness comes with many aspects, including sadness, depression, anger, frustration, and madness.”
  16. “It started so nice. We fell in love. We cared for and respected each other. But you left me. I am here, with all the void feelings.”
  17. “You left me with such loneliness that can never be taken from me.”
  18. “In this lonely time, I talk to the walls and stare at the ceiling. Those are my new friends.”
  19. “Loneliness is normal. But it is never a good phase in life.”
  20. “You tore my heart and left me all alone. I have nowhere to go and nothing to do. All I experience is sadness and anxiety being alone.”
  1. “I might look happy. But I am not. That’s what being lonely does to you.”
  2. “It’s very difficult to get through mental pain. Your heart aches more than you have accepted. You get crushed.”
  3. “Depression and loneliness are colorblind situations. You know the world is colorful, but you cannot feel it.”
  4. “I feel something like my forest has become dark, my leaves and trees are sad, and the butterflies of my garden have broken their wings.”
  5. “People cannot see what being alone is like because it is hidden deep inside and cannot be shown outside.”
  6. “When you are alone, sleep becomes an escape from life.”
  7. “Being alone is not an excuse for my depression. It’s my life, and I have to deal with it.”
  8. “I am not what I used to be. I used to be happy and bright. I used to laugh and smile. But now, I am dull and unhappy. That’s what loneliness made me.”
  9. “Being alone is a full-time job.”
  10. “Life becomes unpurposeful when someone you love leaves you.”
  11. “Being alone is painful and gut-wrenching, so much that you cannot express yourself.”
  12. “People may survive, but they can die inside from being alone and depressed, if not treated.”
  13. “Everything is temporary in life. Everyone would leave you alone at some point in life.”
  14. “Sometimes, you have to take walks alone.”
  15. “The irony is I am not alone. What is always with me is my loneliness.”

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  1. “The loneliness is making me fall apart.”
  2. “Being alone, I only wish to sleep. Sleep so much that I do not want to wake up.”
  3. “I can be alone. But I really hate to be lonely.”
  4. “When you are lonely, you cannot even say it to anyone.”
  5. “The sad thing to know is you do not have shoulders to cry on when you are alone.”

‘Being Alone And Happy’ Quotes

  1. “Being alone is more painful than getting hurt.” — Monkey D. Luffy
  2. “What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear.” — Dag Hammarskjold
  3. “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
  4. “The concept of loneliness and exile and self-sufficiency continually bucks me up.” — Christopher Hitchens
  5. “I restore myself when I’m alone.” — Marilyn Monroe
  6. “The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.” — Justin Timberlake
  7. “Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.” — Robert Tew
  8. “It is only alone, truly, that one bursts apart, springs forth.” — Maria Isabel Barreno
  9. “The loneliness you feel is actually an opportunity to reconnect with others and yourself.” — Maxime Lagacé
  10. “Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

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  1. “Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  2. “I was very often full of rage and despair. I was always lonely. In spite of all that I was and am in love with life.” — Jeanette Winterson
  3. “A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.” — Mandy Hale
  4. “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” — Henry Rollins
  5. “Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right.” — Vladimir Putin
  6. “There is a certain strength in being alone.” — Heather Duffy Stone
  7. “I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it’s good for me…”― Louisa May Alcott
  8. “The strongest man in the world is the one who stands most alone.” — Henrik Ibsen
  9. “I enjoy it when I’m alone, it helps me go wherever I want and do whatever I want.”
  10. “My soul seems to be at peace when I am alone.”
  11. “The sun shines every day, even though it is alone. So, why can’t I?”
  12. “Loneliness connects me to my inner peace and awakens my soul.”
  13. “You never walk alone. Even the devil is the lord of flies.”― Gilles Deleuze
  14. “Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.” — Paul Tillich
  15. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” — Maya Angelou
  16. “The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” — Norman Cousins
  17. “It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  18. “The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which makes you lonely.” — Lorraine Hansberry
  19. “The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.” — Hugh MacLeod
  20. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  21. “Loneliness has become the best friend of my soul. It teaches me to stay high spirited even in low times.”
  1. “There is nothing outside of yourself, look within. Everything you want is there – you are that.” — Rumi
  2. “The silence of loneliness is a bliss to my soul.”
  3. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” — Tim Fargo
  4. “I restore myself when I’m alone.” — Marilyn Monroe
  5. “Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.” — Bruce Lee
  6. “I’m learning a lot about myself being alone and doing what I’m doing.” — Chantal Kreviazuk
  7. “I am not alone. I have birds singing for me. I have trees providing me shadow. I have sunshine to make me glow. And rain to bless me.”
  8. “It is important to find a break sometimes to see the beauty of the world with your own eyes.”
  9. “As I get older I’m more and more comfortable being alone.” — Sienna Miller

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  1. “If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” — Andy Rooney
  2. “Find company within yourself and you’ll never spend a day alone. Find love within yourself and you’ll never have a lonely day.” — Connor Chalfant
  3. “My inspirations are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.” — Enrique Iglesias
  4. “I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
  5. “Solitude is the beginning of all freedom.” — William Orville Douglas
  6. “Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” — Charlotte Eriksson
  7. “Make the time to be alone. Your best ideas live within solitude.” — Robin Sharma
  8. “Spending time alone is not only happy but also satisfying.”
  9. “Time spent alone is equal to time spent healthy.”
  10. “You will eventually know your life becomes better when you are alone.”
  11. “If you cannot find happiness and contentment in yourself, then you cannot find it elsewhere.”
  12. “Being alone and happy is so personal that you should not expect it from anyone else.”
  13. “When you are happy being alone, you are self-sufficient.”
  14. “Don’t feel alone, because there is always someone out there who loves you more than you can imagine.” — Anurag Prakash Ray
  15. “Loneliness gives me hope and strength to be a better person and do great things in life.”
  16. “Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.” — Alice Koller
  17. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” — Gautama Buddha
  18. “Being alone in nature is another way to feel the joy of beauty – and oneness with a greater whole.” — Jude Bijou
  19. “I simply adore being alone – I find it a consuming thirst – and when that thirst is slaked, then I am happy.” — May Sarton
  20. “I believe in standing up for myself, it doesn’t matter if I am standing alone.”

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  1. “If you are standing for the right, you should dare to stand alone.”
  2. “Alone by herself she built the kingdom that she wanted.” — R.H. Sin
  3. “You need to know how to be alone in order to know how to be together.” — Sherry Turkle
  4. “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” — Pablo Picasso
  5. “Only when you are alone can you feel life is wholesome.”
  6. “When you learn how to be alone you’ll discover the difference between alone and lonely.”— LJ Vanier
  7. “We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly.” — spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.”— Susan L. Taylor
  8. “You’re not alone, there is more to this I know. You can make it out, you will live to tell.” — Saosin
  9. “Nothing in the world is more empowering than being and fighting alone. So learn to enjoy yourself in your own company.”
  10. “Spend time with yourself and discover how beautiful you are.”
  11. “You have to go ahead, even if no one goes with you.” — Lailah Gifty Akita
  12. “There are two kinds of luxuries; being alone and being with someone who understands.” — Nitya Prakash
  13. “If you make friends with yourself, you’ll never be alone.” — Maxwell Maltz
  14. “Understanding the path of loneliness can lead you to success.”
  15. “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” — Hans F. Hansen

Loneliness is a deep feeling that is perceived in different ways by people. Some may experience this feeling when alone, while others may experience it even when they are in a crowd. Therefore, loneliness may not always be about a situation, rather it can be something to do with how you feel. Reading the loneliness quotes can help you find strength and solace and a new meaning of life in others.

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