97+ Best Melancholy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Melancholia, one of the four temperaments in pre-modern medicine and proto-psychology, representing a state of low mood Profoundly inspirational melancholy quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Melancholy Quotes

As a remedy against all ills; poverty, sickness, and melancholy only one thing is absolutely necessary; a liking for work. — Charles Baudelaire

People think I’m really melancholy and romantic and all whispery. I’m not at all. I’m very direct. — Norah Jones

I’m so involved in melancholy. — Isaac Mizrahi

The opening ceremony is all about passion, energy, the Italy of the future. It will be a bit aggressive. The closing ceremony will have a carnival theme – with a melancholy air because it’s the end of the Games. — Marco Balich

As a bit of loner, prone to melancholy, with a questionable sexuality, I found great solace in the words of-Dylan, Joni, John Prine and Leonard Cohen. The darker the better. — Jill Sobule

Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don’t need. — David Guterson

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A deep, black grief gripped Robert Kennedy in the months following his brother’s assassination. He lost weight, fell into melancholy silences, wore his brother’s clothes, smoked the cigars his brother had liked, and imitated his mannerisms. — Thurston Clarke

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

Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness. — Italo Calvino

It’s going to be happy but melancholy at the same time. I’ve dealt with a lot of things, but having the guys’ support has always meant so much to me. They’re like my brothers. — Ricky Morgan

Pain seems to be easier, or melancholy seems to be easier to portray in a character. I don’t know if that’s because I’m a human being or because I’m an Irishman or both. — Colin Farrell

The sad dislike those who are cheerful, and the cheerful dislike the melancholy. — Horace

Many men are melancholy by hearing music, but it is a pleasing melancholy that it causeth; and therefore to such as are discontent, in woe, fear, sorrow, or dejected, it is a most present remedy — Robert Burton

Only the long melancholy call to prayer, or the wail of women over the dead, or the barking of dogs, breaks the silence which at sunset falls as a pall over Baghdad. — Isabella Bird

There’s a melancholy sense of things lost in the shabbier British seaside towns; of comfortable failure and better times long gone. — Christopher Fowler

Work saves us from melancholy. Pleasure exposes us to it. — Mason Cooley

She was not crying Which surprised me very much But I understand now That she had found places For her melancholy That were behind more masks Than only her eyes — Jonathan Safran Foer

‘You’re Ugly Too’ isn’t a comedy, but it has a lightness of touch with a hard edge. But it’s essentially a warm story tinged with a bit of melancholy in the great Irish tradition. I’m very proud of that film. — Aidan Gillen

Everything tender and melancholy – as life is sometimes, just for one moment. — Jean Rhys

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

I’m just melancholy by nature, and a lot of that gets into my writing. — Edwidge Danticat

If one has not influence to stem the torrent of popular delusion he is reduced to the melancholy part of a spectator in the midst of the ruin. — James L. Petigru

I have the soundtrack for ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ which is kind of cool. I guess I don’t really end up buying a lot of modern soundtracks. Another soundtrack I love is from a French movie called ‘Betty Blue.’ it has some really melancholy piano work. — James Mercer

The refutation of suicide: is it not inelegant to abandon a world which has so willingly put itself at the service of our melancholy? — Emile M. Cioran

The value of ourselves is but the value of our melancholy and our disquiet. — Maurice Maeterlinck

He was persuaded he could know no happiness but in the society of one with whom he could for ever indulge the melancholy that had taken possession of his soul. — Horace Walpole

To me, the blues is an infection. I don’t think it’s necessarily a melancholy thing; the blues can be really positive and I think I think anyone and everyone can have a place for the blues. It need not always a woeful, sorrowful thing. It’s more reflective; it reminds you to feel. — Mick Fleetwood

Have you a stool there to be melancholy upon? — Ben Jonson

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

There’s something melancholy about professors because they’re chronically abandoned. They form these lovely relationships with students and then the students leave and the professors stay the same. It’s like they’re chronically abandoned. — Josh Radnor

it is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.’ ‘A melancholy conclusion,’ said K. ‘It turns lying into a universal principle. — Franz Kafka

You can’t be melancholy in fashion because people don’t respond to it. — Isaac Mizrahi

There’s a certain darkness to Slipknot, but at the same time, there’s a very strong dose of positivity. Stone Sour is the same way. There’s a certain melancholy that comes with the slower stuff, but at the end of the day there’s also that other side that is very positive. It’s all how you deliver. — Corey Taylor

The whole house seemed to exhale a melancholy breath of emptiness — Michael Chabon

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

Mirth itself is too often but melancholy in disguise. — Leigh Hunt

Time brought resignation and a melancholy sweeter than common joy. — Emily Bronte

I don’t know how many lions and leopards I’ve shot. I’ve shot two elephants, which was enough – never again. It’s a melancholy and moving thing to hunt an elephant. It’s like shooting an old man. — Wilbur Smith

Purcell is a composer who had a formative influence on British music – even The Who now cite him as an influence. There’s an intense, dirty harmony, but there’s a Louis XIV kind of elan and style, too. He had the melancholy DNA of our national folk heritage. — Charles Hazlewood

Melancholy sees the worst of things…[rather than the best] — Christian Nestell Bovee

Jeremiah is a most melancholy prophet. He wails from beginning to end; he is often childish, is rarely indecent, and although it may be blasphemy to say so, he and his ‘Lamentations’ are really not worth reading. — Annie Besant

Mexico. Melancholy, profoundly right and wrong, it embraces as it strangulates. — Ana Castillo

I think melancholy is part of the natural condition, you know. Anyway, I think it’s the artist’s function to have their melancholy and not hide it, you see. — Michael Leunig

The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else. — Arnold Bennett

There’s constantly this melancholy about British hip-hop. People are always waiting for it to explode like American hip-hop, but it might just be that British hip-hop will always be as it is: an underground thing which will stay that way. — Zadie Smith

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

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

There’s a lot of melancholy in my tracks. — Richard D. James

With eyes up-rais’d, as one inspir’d, Pale Melancholy sate retir’d, And from her wild sequester’d seat, In notes by distance made more sweet, Pour’d thro’ the mellow horn her pensive soul. — William Collins

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. — Comte de Lautreamont

Melancholy: an appetite no misery satisfies. — Emile M. Cioran

And I realize how useless wails are and how gratuitous melancholy is. — Mircea Eliade

Melancholy is as seductive as Ecstasy. — Mason Cooley

I stayed there loving you, though the love made me, not sad but I guess melancholy, for a reason I couldn’t point to. — Daniel Handler

Nothing’s so dainty sweet as lovely melancholy. — Francis Beaumont

I like melancholy. I like to pretend that I’m alone in the world and I’m just sort of abandoned. — Jamaica Kincaid

We haven’t really thought about it a lot. The beginning of February when the Olympics started, we all had a bit of melancholy to us because we were over it but then, it was right there in our faces again. — Sasha Carter

A lot of times when we play in countries where English isn’t the first language we get accused of being melancholy and miserable. — Will Champion

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. — Gunter Grass

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

At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy. — Federico Garcia Lorca

Melancholy and utopia are heads and tails of the same coin. — Gunter Grass

It’s a brooding melancholy that haunts me. — David Guterson

I have a tremendous battle with melancholy and depression. — Sebastian Faulks

Nobody thinks mystery writers go around killing people, but they always seem to assume singers are singing about themselves, especially if you write melancholy songs like me. — Del Shannon

I’m not really a happy person. It’s a question of temperament. I have a tendency toward melancholy. You can feel quite happily melancholic. — Michael Haneke

Vague a l’ame — melancholy yearning for the end of the world. — Emile M. Cioran

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

All perfection is melancholy. — Margaret Oliphant

It’s a sad and melancholy day, but at the same time, it’s a wonderful reunion. It was great to see everyone. It’s hard to articulate, but when a man like coach Vaught takes all these guys under his wing, and helps make them better people, he’s really accomplished something. — Ray Brown

I think Paris smells not just sweet but melancholy and curious, sometimes sad but always enticing and seductive. She’s a city for the all senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and, yes, for mysteries. — M. J. Rose

Fame is but an inscription on a grave, and glory the melancholy blazon on a coffin lid. — Alexander Smith

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

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

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

I find beauty in melancholy. — Alexander McQueen

The hills,Rock-ribbed, and ancient as the sun, — the valesStretching in pensive quietness between;The venerable woods — rivers that moveIn majesty, and the complaining brooksThat make the meadows green; and, poured round all,Old Ocean’s gray and melancholy waste, –Are but the solemn decorations allOf the great tomb of man. — William Cullen Bryant

We had been thinking about (retiring) for a few years, and this year we decided to take advantage of the early-retirement package and go ahead. We’re excited, but I’m sure I’ll have some melancholy times in the coming months. This district has a way of getting in your blood. — Gary Busby

A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy! All noble things are touched with that. — Herman Melville

Melancholy redeems this universe, and yet it is melancholy that separates us from it. — Emile M. Cioran

A melancholy-looking man, he had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle. — P. G. Wodehouse

Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles. — Leigh Hunt

To render my works properly requires a combination of extreme precision and irresistible verve, a regulated vehemence, a dreamy tenderness, and an almost morbid melancholy. — Hector Berlioz

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

I therefore became very melancholy and highly troubled. No Scripture could comfort me, though I was quite well versed in it. — Jacob Boehme

So many of the loveliest things in England are melancholy. — Dodie Smith

The author presents a different way of looking at movies through the lens of color. She explains through examples from many different movies the power of reds, the corruption of some greens, and the melancholy of blues. Movies cited include The Wizard of Oz, The English Patient, Chinatown and many more. — Patrick Manning

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

I think that the indefinable space between happy and sad is the most moving and compelling place for an artist to be. If there’s anything I consistently strive for, it’s a melancholy limbo. — Shawn Colvin

Indolence and melancholy: Each generates the other. If one can speak of such feeble passions as generating anything. — Edward Abbey

True melancholy breeds your perfect fine wit. — Ben Jonson

I was a banker in Morocco when I first saw ‘American Graffiti.’ It was before I was an actor, a melancholy time in my life, and this mood was reflected in the film. — Jean Reno

I am a melancholy type of person. — Alexander McQueen

Espousing the melancholy of ancient symbols, I would have freed myself. — Emile M. Cioran

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

Melancholy cannot be clearly proved to others, so it is better to be silent about it. — James Boswell

Melancholy characterizes those with a superb sense of the sublime. — Immanuel Kant