99+ Best Unhappy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Unhappy is not cheerful or glad. Powerful collection of profoundly inspirational unhappiness quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Unhappy Quotes

Unhappiness is an unfinished state; happy people don’t need our help. ― Hugh Laurie

People don’t know when they are happy. They’re never so unhappy as they think they are. ― Marcel Proust

What you must understand about me is that I’m a deeply unhappy person. ― John Green

All unhappiness is due to the ego. With it comes all your trouble. If you would deny the ego and scorch it by ignoring it you would be free. ― Ramana Maharshi

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

You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes. ― Lauren Oliver

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All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is. ― Gautama Buddha

Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow. ― James M. Barrie

The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think. ― C. JoyBell C.

All mankind’s unhappiness derives from one thing: his inability to know how to remain in repose in one room. ― Blaise Pascal

If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it’s going to happen anyhow. ― Mitch Albom

We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain. ― Charles Bukowski

Unhappiness isn’t at its most acute point until a realistic chance of happiness, sufficiently close, has been envisioned. ― Michel Houellebecq

I’ve realized I can’t waste any moment being unhappy. ― Marat Safin

No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy. ― Paulo Coelho

We are sometimes dragged into a pit of unhappiness by someone else’s opinion that we do not look happy. ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. ― Walter Savage

The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously. ― Tom Robbins

Unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life are not signs of mental illness, but of growing intelligence. ― Ken Wilber

People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty. ― Tim Ferriss

There you go…let it all slide out. Unhappiness can’t stick in a person’s soul when it’s slick with tears. ― Shannon Hale

If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other. ― Jean De La Bruyere

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. ― Publilius Syrus

That’s how stories happen — with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. ― Haruki Murakami

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. ― Eckhart Tolle

We become moral when we are unhappy. ― Marcel Proust

I’m not unhappy,” he said. “Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I’ve got a purpose. ― Cassandra Clare

Unhappiness is really an incorrect way of seeing. When we are unhappy we don’t see life as it really is. We are in a condition of veiled light, of shadows. ― Frederick Lenz

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone ― so far. ― Marilyn Monroe

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. ― Ayn Rand

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

Happiness is a garden walled with glass: there’s no way in or out. In Paradise there are no stories, because there are no journeys. It’s loss and regret and misery and yearning that drive the story forward, along its twisted road. ― Margaret Atwood

You have to fight unhappiness like a dragon with fire and breathe. ― Drew Barrymore

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

I am a person who is unhappy with things as they stand. We cannot accept the world as it is. Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things. ― Hugo Claus

Your unhappiness is a way of speaking to you, it’s telling you something isn’t right. ― Robert Greene

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

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

No one is discontented at not being a king except a discrowned king unhappiness almost invariably indicates the existence of a road not taken, a talent undeveloped, a self not recognized. ― Blaise Pascal

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose. ― Charles Dickens

The cause of most of man’s unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now. ― Gordon B. Hinckley

The more refined one is, the more unhappy. ― Anton Chekhov

I think by the time you’re grown you’re as happy as you’re goin to be. You’ll have good times and bad times, but in the end you’ll be about as happy as you was before. Or as unhappy. I’ve knowed people that just never did get the hang of it. ― Cormac McCarthy

By becoming more unhappy, we sometimes learn how to be less so. ― Madame Swetchine

It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change. ― Mignon McLaughlin

People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit. ― Shannon L. Alder

Unhappiness is not knowing what we want, and killing ourselves to get it. ― Don Herold

If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy. ― Donald Knuth

I think unhappiness comes from unfulfilled expectations. ― Kasie West

The unhappy are prisoners of a single round of thought. ― Mason Cooley

When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing. ― Joseph Roux

I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn’t happiness. ― William Saroyan

Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. ― Don Herold

Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Indeed, there has never been any explanation of the ebb and flow in our veins–of happiness and unhappiness. ― Virginia Woolf

There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them. ― Anthony De Mello

If you’re unhappy, you should change what you’re doing. ― Marc Andreessen

He gave her a bright fake smile; so much of life was a putting off of unhappiness for another time. Nothing was ever lost by delay. He had a dim idea that perhaps if one delayed long enough, things were taken out of one’s hands altogether by death. ― Graham Greene

All unhappiness is caused by our trying to be limited, to be an ego. The more we are our Self, the happier we are. We will never be completely happy until we are completely being our Self. ― Lester Levenson

She looked like something that might have occured to Ibsen in one of his less frivolous moments. ― P.G. Wodehouse

If a man is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault, for God made all men to be happy. ― Epictetus

Marriage is one long sacrifice. ― Edith Wharton

Unhappy people often insist on trying to uncover the full magnitude of their unhappiness, or choose to investigate other people’s lives as a distraction from their own. ― Javier Marías

The more I understand the mind and the human experience, the more I begin to suspect there is no such thing as unhappiness; there is only ungratefulness. ― Steve Maraboli

Comparison is the thief of joy. ― Theodore Roosevelt

If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy. (99)” ― Sri S. Satchidananda

Unhappiness in one place doesn’t breed happiness elsewhere. It just breeds more unhappiness. ― Callie Bates

But they need to worry and betray time with urgencies false and otherwise, purely anxious and whiny, their souls really won’t be at peace unless they can latch to an established and proven worry and having once found it they assume facial expressions to fit and go with it, which is, you see, unhappiness, and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them no end. ― Jack Kerouac

Unhappiness is something we are never taught about; we are taught to expect happiness, but never a Plan B to use to use when the happiness doesn’t arrive. ― Douglas Coupland

Unhappiness is often caused by tendency to find fault with others. ― Toba Beta

Unhappiness slowly creeps up on you, like a shape-shifting monster waiting in the darkness of your hallway, his bulging eyes watching your every move. The breath on his slimy tongue makes the hairs on your neck stand up. ― Kate Rockland

Why are those who are notoriously undisciplined and unmoral also most contemptuous of religion and morality? They are trying to solace their own unhappy lives by pulling the happy down to their own abysmal depths. ― Fulton J. Sheen

Unhappiness indicates wrong thinking, just as ill health indicates a bad regimen. ― Paul Bourget

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. ― Fyodor Dostoevsky

Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. ― Tom Robbins

Unhappiness does make people look stupid. ― Anatole France

It almost seemed as if there must be some random and of course unfair thrift in the emotional housekeeping of the world, if the great happiness–however temporary, however flimsy–of one person could come out of the great unhappiness of another. ― Alice Munro

We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it. ― Willie Nelson

But Philip was impatient with himself; he called to mind his idea of the pattern of life: the unhappiness he had suffered was no more than part of a decoration which was elaborate and beautiful; he told himself strenuously that he must accept with gaiety everything, dreariness and excitement, pleasure and pain, because it added to the richness of the design. ― W. Somerset Maugham

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

Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees no end to the dark tunnel. The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years. ― Graham Greene

I felt like I was some kind of primitive spring-loaded machine, placed under far more tension than it had ever been built to sustain, about to blast apart at great danger to anyone standing nearby. I imagined my body parts flying off my torso in order to escape the volcanic core of unhappiness that had become: me. ― Elizabeth Gilbert

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. ― Edward de Bono

To be happy, you have to risk being unhappy. ― Ogwo David Emenike

Unhappiness comes when you try to be like everyone else rather than embracing the unique person that you are. ― Joyce Meyer

The natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Unhappiness is a dangerous thing, like carbon monoxide. You don’t smell it, you don’t taste it, it’s formless and colorless, but it poisons slowly. It seeps into every pore of your skin until one day your heart just stops beating. ― Bella Pollen

There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage. ― Mark Twain

But if we reason it out simply and not try to be one bit fancy, then what sort of pride can you possibly take or what’s the sense of ever having it, if man is poorly put together as a physiological type and if the enormous majority of the human race is brutal, stupid, and profoundly unhappy?” ― Anton Chekhov

Most sane human beings’ chances of being alive in a thousand years’ time are a hundred times higher than their chances of being sincerely happy for at least ten consecutive days. ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention. ― Simone Weil

I barricaded myself and stared out the window, without seeing anything but my own unhappiness. ― Thomas Bernhard

Unhappiness is complicated and has many different causes, but happiness is simple and has only one reason. ― Debasish Mridha

But ’tis a sad thing that all one’s happiness is only that the world does not know you are miserable. ― Dorothy Osborne

Unhappiness is often caused by tendency to find fault with others. ― Toba Beta

She used religion as a therapy for the ills of the world and herself, and she changed the religion to fit the ill. When she found that the theosophy she had developed for communication with a dead husband was not necessary, she cast about for some new unhappiness. ― John Steinbeck

The smiles of the unhappiest are often the widest. ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

I believe our clever young man has intuited that while only the pursuit of happiness is promised to all Americans, unhappiness is guaranteed for many. ― Viet Thanh Nguyen

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