Best Quotes About Melancholy

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. -Anatole France

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

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. -Maurice Chevalier

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

This melancholy London – I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air. -William Butler Yeats

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street. -Charles Lamb

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

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

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

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won. -Duke of Wellington

To be bowed by grief is folly; Naught is gained by melancholy; Better than the pain of thinking, Is to steep the sense in drinking. -Alcaeus

We may smile at these matters, but they are melancholy illustrations. -Joseph Howe

Diabetes is caused by melancholy. -Thomas Willis

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves. -Amelia Barr

The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson's. -Jonathan Coe

A lot of people say I wouldn't have a down day, but you look at the music and there's real melancholy. -Stephan Jenkins

A strangely reflective, even melancholy day. Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere, Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn? -Hugh Mackay

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

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

There was a darkness, a melancholy, that people had trouble accepting. Maybe now, it would work better. -Alain Resnais

Well, the musicals give emphasis to love, longing, melancholy, sadness. All of that is always there. -Ismail Merchant

My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do. -Anne Stevenson

I know not why there is such a melancholy feeling attached to the remembrance of past happiness, except that we fear that the future can have nothing so bright as the past. -Julia Ward Howe

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

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

I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial; but, if ever I should, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth. -James Otis

Youth, however, can afford to enjoy even its melancholy; for the ultimate fact of which that melancholy is a prophecy is a long way off. -Richard Le Gallienne

Eco sees the intellectual as an organizer of culture, someone who can run a magazine or a museum. An administrator, in fact. I think this is a melancholy situation for an intellectual. -Antonio Tabucchi

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

Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don't need. -David Guterson

It's a brooding melancholy that haunts me. -David Guterson

What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity. I don't feel required to grasp all the time. -David Guterson

I'm so involved in melancholy. -Isaac Mizrahi

That's one thing about fashion that you really shouldn't be-you can't be melancholy in fashion because people don't respond to it. -Isaac Mizrahi

The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because it's cheerful and melancholy at the same time, and I think it comes from that shadow string, the double strings. -Rita Dove

I'm not writing just about melancholy stuff anymore, I made a point to cover a wide range of emotions. -Chantal Kreviazuk

It is better, however, for his own reputation that the story-teller should risk a few actions for libel on account of these unfortunate coincidences than that he should adopt the melancholy device of using blanks or asterisks. -James Payn

Saturn seems to have impressed the seal of melancholy on me from the beginning. -Marsilio Ficino

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

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

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

Nothing's so dainty sweet as lovely melancholy. -Francis Beaumont

Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half. -Francois Fenelon

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy. -Oliver Goldsmith

I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man are fixed upon the same creation; but very different are the aspects which it bears to them. -Albert Pike

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away? -Oliver Goldsmith

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. -Charles Dickens

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

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another! -Gail Sheehy

Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions. -David Hume

I've always been a fan of melody and emotional melancholy, whether it was Rites of Spring or Tears for Fears or Neil Young. If I hear a song that has a sweet melody, I'm a sucker for it, whether it's Linkin Park or Little Richard. -Dave Grohl

There's a lot of melancholy in my tracks. -Richard D. James

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

It's true, there's a lot of melancholy in my music. I don't know why, I'm not a melancholy person. I've always been drawn to it. Ever since I was a kid, if I had an album I would play the ballads on repeat. -Norah Jones

I have a taste for a kind of melancholy and for being an absolute victim of love. -Arielle Dombasle

Christmas can have a real melancholy aspect, 'cause it packages itself as this idea of perfect family cohesion and love, and you're always going to come up short when you measure your personal life against the idealized personal lives that are constantly thrust in our faces, primarily by TV commercials. -Dan Savage

There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It's my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There's a sadness to it, but there's romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person. -Alexander McQueen

I am a melancholy type of person. -Alexander McQueen

But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing. -Paul McCartney

When you write a song, it may come from a personal space, but it very seldom actually represents you. It comes out of a sort of mood of melancholy, somehow. It's almost theatrical. -James Taylor

I was a slightly melancholy child and I think films were a way of escaping for me. -Charlie Hunnam

I suppose there's a melancholy tone at the back of the American mind, a sense of something lost. And it's the lost world of Thomas Jefferson. It is the lost sense of innocence that we could live with a very minimal state, with a vast sense of space in which to work out freedom. -George Will

Since childhood I've always had a tendency to lean towards melancholy. My sisters suffer from it too, so maybe it's a genetic thing. But none of us has ever been on medication. -Natalie Imbruglia

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

I'm always drawn to melancholy personalities. -Rene Russo

Am I melancholy? I certainly have moments. I like to think there's a capacity for joy as well. -Stephen Dillane

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

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

'American Graffiti' stayed in my mind, but I don't think to this day I've done a film that captured that same level of melancholy. It was so well done. Talking about it has given me the idea I might try harder to make that melancholy film! -Jean Reno

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

I have a constant sort of melancholy approach to acting that fuels me. I want to do everything. -Sam Rockwell

Sometimes when you write something on the page, it can seem very funny, but when you act it out – and this happens to me a lot, actually – the melancholy of the situation becomes more front and center. -Mike White

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

The English have always been greedy for news of times past, with that mixture of fatalism and melancholy which is part of the national character. -Peter Ackroyd

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

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

I don't know why I write really depressing songs. I'm a kind of melancholy guy, I suppose. But I figure I'm about normal. -Townes Van Zandt

One can't help but be a bit melancholy when you see how the world has changed, and I don't mean that nostalgically. -Lee Radziwill

All my work shares a kind of balance between black comedy and sad and despairing melancholy. -Martin McDonagh

No one would ever cast me as an aristocrat. I think the big thing about being an Irish artist is access to melancholy. Especially the American Irish. The availability of loss, some kind of pain, is an important part of who we are. I think my Irishness gave me that. -Brian Dennehy

Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are. -Salman Rushdie

If I were immersed in constant melancholy, I would not be who I am. -Elie Wiesel

There is the melancholy of Europe. There is the romantic malaise. Feeling sad is almost a form of deepness. -Mathieu Amalric

It's from being melancholy and having my human down experiences that I learn, that I overcome, that I transform – and these realizations I put into song. That's what I choose to put in my backpack and carry with me around the world. -Jason Mraz

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

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

It is odd what notions men seem to have of the scantiness of a woman's resources. They do not find it anything out of nature that they should be able to exist by themselves; but a woman must always be borne about on somebody's shoulders, and dandled or chirped to, or it is supposed she will fall into the blackest melancholy! -Jane Welsh Carlyle

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

Japanese horror films take the business of being frightening seriously. There is no attempt at postmodernism or humour. They are incredibly melancholy, with a strong emotional core, while remaining absolutely terrifying. -Jane Goldman

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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 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

Lincoln prevailed: wearing his green shawl in the White House and gripped with melancholy, his feet constantly cold, he preserved a nation that had begun to unravel, often holding it together with nothing more than the flat of his hand and his unfaltering sense of human worth. -Jerome Charyn

Ray Bradbury's connections to fantasy, space, cinema, to the macabre and the melancholy, were all born of his years spent running, jumping, galloping through the woods, across the fields, and down the brick-paved streets of Waukegan. -Sam Weller

In my fiction, there's a lot that's borrowed from music. It's never like I'm taking a lyric, but more the mood of a particular song. 'The Boy Detective Fails' was like listening to 'Eleanor Rigby' by The Beatles, this very melancholy-but-poppy song. -Joe Meno

I always have a decompression period at the end of a film. Sometimes it joyful, because you're just happy to be done. Or it can be melancholy. -Johnny Depp

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

For those of us with an inward turn of mind, which is another name for melancholy introspection, the beginning of a new year inevitably leads to thoughts about both the future and the past. -Michael Dirda

'The Girls,' by Lori Lansens, is a ballad, a melancholy song of two very strange, enchanted girls who live out their peculiar, ordinary lives in a rural corner of Canada. -Stacey D'Erasmo

I like those stories that capture the brutality of life, but there's still some kind of melancholy romance. -Karen Elson

'Blue Monday' is a dance track with a hint of melancholy. -Gillian Gilbert

I like the contrast in making something that sounds sunny but also has an element of melancholy to it. -Jamie xx

It is Leistikow's lasting achievement – and will always remain so – that he found a style that can express the melancholy charm of the surroundings of Berlin. We see the Grunewald lakes and those on the upper Spree through his eyes; he has taught us to see their beauty. -Max Liebermann

'The melancholy of all things done' is the way Buzz once described his complete mental breakdown after returning from the moon. Booze. A couple of divorces. A psych ward. Broke. At one point he was selling cars. -Jeanne Marie Laskas

Every so often, if I'm in a melancholy mood, I'll sing 'Desperado' in my shows. I'll sit alone at the piano and play it as a solo. The song feels like an old friend – except now it's saying, 'You were a desperado once, but you worked your way out of it.' -Bill Medley

I personally wouldn't want my second album to sound like my first; it might sound very rocky or hard rock – and that wouldn't be melancholy. So if people think my music is melancholic, then so be it. It's meant to be uplifting, and I'm just basically saying what needs to be said. -Benjamin Clementine

During the wintertime in cold cities, you sometimes need a party to break through the melancholy. -Josh Gordon

The tolling of yon dismal bell and the loud but solemn discharge of artillery hath announced to the nation the melancholy tidings – Thomas Jefferson no longer lives! -John Tyler

There was a sadness over me, a melancholy. That's always been a part of me – those are some of the things that lead you to the arts. -Mahershala Ali

Some very silly songs can have an almost melancholy feeling when you put it in a different perspective. -Jens Lekman

I'm a melancholy person. It's how I'm always going to be. -Sam Smith

Oftentimes, especially in the context of an acoustic song, I'm motivated to write by some amount of melancholy. -Chris Cornell

I had moved across the country, taken internships, networked, worked long hours, and called in favors to get there. And I had done it. I was working in Hollywood. So imagine the melancholy I found myself in when I realized that I didn't love casting the way that I always thought I would. -Taylor Jenkins Reid

My general taste is towards the melancholy. -Washed Out

The types of melodies I tend to write kind of have this bittersweet quality; they're meant to be uplifting but kind of have this melancholy vibe to it. -Washed Out

I'm drawn to melancholy characters. I don't know what that says about me. Characters who are filled with shame. I think shame is interesting. -Garrett Dillahunt

When I'm making the music, the songs that I get most excited about definitely make me feel good, but often, it's a really good feeling combined with some kind of melancholy element. -St. Lucia

A lot of 'Blackheart' was me, literally in a dark room, confessing my sins; Poe was the influence for that album. But that melancholy has a hopefulness – in every Poe story, there is always a moral at the end. -Dawn Richard

My sweet spot, the stuff I like the most, is hopeful melancholy. Optimistic melancholy. -Paul Rust

No one can actually define love, but you attempt to, and the closest you can get is longing. And that itself has a melancholy to it. You can say dread, or doom – it's that feeling we all feel when we fall in love with someone: we have this horrible, fearful feeling that maybe we will never have that person in our life. -Robert Zemeckis

I think I was kind of melancholy as a kid. I spent a lot of time inside my own head, a lot of time sort of staring into space wondering the hell was going on. -John Edgar Wideman

The novel is like a melancholy form. It's about some kind of disillusionment with the way things are versus the idea of how they could be or how they used to be. -Elif Batuman

I always really loved Russian literature, and I think Tolstoy's writing is full of a sense of melancholy and humanity, so it seems really modern. -Tuppence Middleton

It is the melancholy fate of all young legends to becoming better known for the things they did to exploit fame than the things that made them famous in the first place. -David Hepworth

I realized over the years if I'm writing about humor, irony, satire, I much prefer to do that in English. And if there is sorrow, melancholy, longing, I much prefer to do that in Turkish. Each language has its own strength to me, and I feel connected and attached to both Turkish and English. I dream in more than one language. -Elif Safak

One of the first albums I can remember hearing was a Supertramp best of, with mostly 'Breakfast in America' songs on it. It's kind of the same thing as the Flaming Lips, where there are these really melancholy lyrics and melodies, yet it's extremely uplifting. They're like a nonfuturistic version of the Flaming Lips. -Kevin Parker

Few writers push the reader away with the coolness, dignity, and faint melancholy of Fleur Jaeggy. -Sheila Heti

I feel like if you sit down and have an assistant engineer and a producer in a top-notch studio and everyone sets up all the mikes perfect, all of a sudden it's really hard to live that melancholy song. It's hard to really live it in the moment. -Kurt Vile

You can achieve one thing, but because of that, you have to adapt or lose something else. If you end up in a relationship, you sometimes have to lose the closeness of your friendships, for example, or you have to move away somewhere… For me, that creates the sense of melancholy which I think exists in most people's lives. -Andrew Haigh

You know that melancholy feeling when you watch the end of a movie and you're crying – but also there is hope? I wanted that feeling in 'Monsoon.' I don't want people to be like, 'This is a really depressing EP. I just want to cry the whole way through.' -Amber Mark

My songs have a layer of melancholy. -Mat Kearney

There is a sense of melancholy attached to seeing images of yourself from a different era, especially when you see a picture. -Roger Taylor

Hip-hop, pop, dance – the common point is melancholy. That's international, and I like this word because it's not only about sadness or happiness – it's both at the same time. And that's human, and that's life. -Stromae

Ever since I was a kid, I've always been interested in the poetry of melancholy, if you like. -Steven Wilson

I think melancholy is kind of a misunderstood emotion. I don't think it's necessarily an unpleasant or bad emotion. -Johann Johannsson

Meeting with people is awesome in every sense of the word. It can inspire you with glee. It can inspire you with happiness. It can inspire you with sadness and melancholy, but also hope. -Emma Gonzalez

I'm very much drawn to melancholy and those kinds of emotions. -Johan Renck

You'll find Swedes – maybe not as much as the Finns – thriving in melancholy. -Johan Renck

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