70+ 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

The best way to be miserable is by comparing yourself to others. Shane Parrish

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

Focus. Be here and now. A distracted mind is a recipe for unhappiness. Paulo Coelho

Misery is what happiness rests upon. Happiness is what misery lurks beneath. Lao Tzu

Life laughs at you when you are unhappy; Life smiles at you when you are happy; But, life salutes you when you make others happy. Charlie Chaplin

The average man confuses comfort with happiness. The wise creates his own path. Maxime Lagacé

Our real enemy is not man; it’s not another human being. Our real enemy is our ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving, and violence. Thich Nhat Hanh

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When you are unhappy, discover what you are clinging to and let it go. Jan Chozen Bays

The next milestone won’t make you happy. The next purchase won’t make you feel better. The next zero won’t make your life better. If you don’t appreciate what you have, you’ll never be happy. Shane Parrish

Do not give out your time or your fucks for free. Dan Go

Seek after happiness, you will be miserable. Become still and unmoved by that which comes and goes, you will know peace. Thibaut

The unhappy person is never present to themself because they always live in the past or the future. Søren Kierkegaard

I just don’t believe in anything from my past. Anything. No memories. No regrets. No people. No trips. Nothing. A lot of our unhappiness comes from comparing things from the past to the present. Naval Ravikant

Stop saying yes just to be nice. Layah Heilpern

Seeking happiness is what’s making you unhappy. Maxime Lagacé

A happy man has no past, while an unhappy man has nothing else. Richard Flanagan

Top Unhappy Quotes

People prefer the certainty of misery to the misery of uncertainty. Virginia Satir

Attachment creates pain in the name of pleasure. James Pierce

One can be unhappy before eating caviar, even after, but at least not during. Irving Kristol

Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves. Carl Sagan

In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength. Buddha

Have you noticed it’s always unhappy people who attack the things happy people believe in? Jeff Guinn

If any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone. Epictetus

If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault. Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion. Epictetus

Misery requires effort, happiness does not. James Pierce

Misery is the search for happiness. James Pierce

Unhappy is the man, though he rule the world, who doesn’t consider himself supremely blessed. In order to consider himself supremely blessed he must deeply understand that things could be much worse but aren’t! To not do that is to always be less happy than he could be. Seneca

Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he may be master of the whole world. Epicurus

So much unhappiness comes from wanting others to think we’re happy or important. We chase visible at the expense of meaningful. Shane Parrish

A great way to be unsuccessful is to care deeply about everybody’s opinion about you. Zuby

When unhappy, one doubts everything. When happy one doubts nothing. Philibert Joseph Roux

Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true self. Real happiness abides in self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one’s self is to be blissful always. Ramana Maharshi

If you are unhappy, you are too high up in your mind. Carl Gustav Jung

The capacity to be either happy or unhappy is determined by the manner in which you react to whatever happens. Norman Vincent Peale

Unhappy is the one expecting. Peaceful is the one accepting. Maxime Lagacé

Anyone who loves music can never be quite unhappy. Franz Schubert

The desire for happiness creates misery. True happiness is the absence of desire. James Pierce

I’m surprised to see how many people are happy with their own unhappiness. Paulo Coelho

Desire is not evil, only misunderstood. James Pierce

When one searches for happiness, he remains tied to misery. The two are inseparable. James Pierce

Amazing Unhappy Quotes

Your unhappiness ultimately arises not from the circumstances of your life but from the conditioning of your mind. Eckhart Tolle

The moment is beautiful, yes. But attachment to that beauty removes one from it. James Pierce

Unhappy people are dangerous. Rebecca West

Happiness is natural for children; unhappiness is learned. James Pierce

I was deeply unhappy, but I didn’t know it because I was so happy all the time. Steve Martin

If you don’t mind being unhappy, what happens to the unhappiness? Eckhart Tolle

You do not rise to the level of your ambition. You fall to the level of your pettiness. Kunal Shah

The man who is unhappy will, as a rule, adopt an unhappy creed, while the man who is happy will adopt a happy creed; each may attribute his happiness or unhappiness to his beliefs, while the real causation is the other way round. Bertrand Russell

Emotion in itself is not unhappiness. Only emotion plus an unhappy story is unhappiness. Eckhart Tolle

To be happy, let things be. James Pierce

When there is no desire, everything is at peace. James Pierce

The desire to feel better makes you feel worse. James Pierce

Your unlimited desires are clouding your peace. Naval Ravikant

There’s no point in being unhappy about things you can’t change, and no point being unhappy about things you can. Dan Harris

Only when you ask nothing of the world can you be truly free. James Pierce

I was unhappy and so is every soul unhappy which is tied to its love for mortal things; when it loses them, it is torn in pieces, and it is then that it comes to realize the unhappiness which was there even before it lost them. Saint Augustine

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

The more you need to signal to others that you’re happy, the less happy you really are. Shane Parrish

Expectations kill happiness. Ideologies kill happiness. Your thoughts kill happiness. Maxime Lagacé

Happiness cannot be accumulated. What is accumulated is always destructed by time. Jiddu Krishnamurti

People care so much about being happy that they can’t be. Maxime Lagacé

Chasing happiness is guaranteed to make to you unhappy. Ed Latimore

If you make others happy, you’ll be happy. If you make others unhappy, you’ll be miserable. 14th Dalai Lama

If you look to circumstances for happiness, you will never find peace. James Pierce

I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more. C. S. Lewis

The fundamental delusion – there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever. Naval Ravikant

“Unhappy am I because this has happened to me.” Not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future. Marcus Aurelius

People are not looking for happiness, people are looking for an escape from misery. Brian Norgard