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  • ... he is as melancholy as an unbrac'd Drum.

  • Laugh and the world laughs with you, / Weep and you weep alone. / For the sad old earth / must borrow its mirth, / It has trouble enough of its own.

  • ... there does seem to me something sad in life. It is hard to say what it is. I don't mean the sorrow that we all know, like illness and poverty and death. No, it is something different. It is there, deep down, deep down, part of one, like one's breathing.

  • Because he opposed her entering the convent, he had called for all the tempting things of life to speak to her where he had failed, unaware that what he was really putting into her like a probing pain was her last view of him tucking his napkin into the wing collar under his beard, smelling the wine cork before allowing the waiter to pour a drop and drinking the juice from the big rough oyster shells with gusty gourmet pleasure.

  • ... she felt somehow that her poor heart was like a ravaged garden, in which all the flowers had been uprooted, and now Grief, as a gardener, moved about in there, planting thistles and poisonous herbs.

  • The human heart dares not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making.

  • Being in the depths of sadness is just as important an experience as being exuberantly happy.

  • Activity is a sovereign remedy for the blues.

  • I was not always free from melancholy; but even melancholy had its charms.

    • Marie-Jeanne Roland,
    • 1791, in Lydia Maria Child, Memoirs of Madame de Staël and of Madame Roland ()
  • Blue. My God! I'm so blue that if I were a dog, I'd sit on my haunches and howl and howl and howl ...

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1926, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson ()
  • Even though sometimes you can control your anger, you can't control your sadness.

  • ... the saddest thing under the sky is a soul incapable of sadness.

  • Melancholy floats over the earth on birds' wings / The wind carries it over the sad waters / And the bitter plains.