Top 60 Bleak Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Bleak Quotes from famous people such as Adrian Dunbar, Kimberley Nixon, Ajay Piramal, Kameron Hurley, Denis Lawson, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

People often say Beckett is difficult or bleak, but eng

People often say Beckett is difficult or bleak, but engaging with it is the most life-affirming, uplifting thing. It’s his use of language. The music of the words works on your subconscious. You end up deeply moved but don’t know why. That’s where the magic lies.
Adrian Dunbar
I get mistaken for Amanda Holden; I’ve had that since I was 12. I get Carey Mulligan, too. We look quite similar, and she does ‘Bleak House’ and I do ‘Cranford,’ so people mix us up. I’m sure we’ll play sisters at some point.
Kimberley Nixon
Life looked bleak when I became chairman of the group at the age of 29. But I survived, as the Lord must have carried me when I needed Him the most.
Ajay Piramal
As a science fiction and fantasy writer, I used to love writing bleak, grimdark futures full of bleak, grimdark people. But I’ve found that as the world around me darkens, all I really want to do is grasp for more light.
Kameron Hurley
I hadn’t read Dickens for a while and doing ‘Bleak House’ was great.
Denis Lawson
It’s bleak behind the Iron Curtain, although they do have the strongest vodka I’ve ever had in my life.
Chris Rea
The largest two books I’ve ever read more than once are ‘Bleak House’ by Charles Dickens and ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King, about 1,200 pages each.
Simon Toyne
It’s one thing when other African-Americans try to threaten my race card, but when people outside of my ethnicity have the audacity to question how ‘down’ I am because of the bleak, stereotypical picture pop culture has painted for me as a black woman? Unacceptable.
Issa Rae
I think sci-fi films have become rather bleak, and understandably so – I think we’ve made some big mistakes globally with how we’re developing, and we deal with that guilt by creating these very dystopian futures in films.
Maggie Grace
I’d had to cope with a lot of death and illness in my family from a young age, and that maybe gave me a bleak outlook on the world.
Bernard Sumner
Jesu’s walls of distortion are uplifting in comparison to those of its doom-driven contemporaries. The band’s 2009 album ‘Infinity’ has its bleak moments, but that album’s single 49-minute song resolves into something inspirational and grandiose by the time it’s over.
Anthony Fantano
For too many of our young people, that once-promised American dream has given way to an American debt burden and a bleak job market.
Reshma Saujani
People who really love you are the ones who stand firm by you when things are bleak.
Anuel AA
Now ‘90210’ is returning with an all-new cast of slightly more plausible teens. I’ll be honest: I wish the old cast was back. Ideally, this spin-off would be an Ice Storm-esque exploration of the West Beverly gang’s bleak adult lives.
Diablo Cody
What’s sometimes really overwhelming in Sweden is the uniformity. People kind of disappear by all looking the same and wearing the same clothes. There are a lot of great individuals, but it can become a very blank and bleak picture.
Neneh Cherry
‘Bleak House’ is like the best soap you could ever hope to watch.
Denis Lawson
I’m self-deprecating, but I’m an artist, too. I have to write new songs to chronicle stuff for myself. I write a song like ‘Middle Age’ or ‘Responsibility’ or ‘I Just Work Here,’ and it’s about how bleak life can be. But it’s real.
Steve Forbert
People say ‘The Wire’s bleak, y’know, but I see it as a love letter to Baltimore, and it’s one written in a very strange and complex way.
Aidan Gillen
From the hour when the Puritan baby opened his eyes in bleak New England, he had a Spartan struggle for life.
Alice Morse Earle
What does the future look like if the heads of society ask our young people to risk their lives for questionable causes? I think it looks rather bleak.
Tracy Chapman
Painters aren’t expected to paint bleak pictures, are they?
Alexander McCall Smith
It’s a very bleak play, but there is some final sense of redemption. ‘Coriolanus’ shows mercy, a Christian virtue in an otherwise un-Christian world.
David Farr
We simply cannot afford to allow our government to go unscrutinised, most of all in amid the bleak seeming imperatives of the ‘war on terror’.
Nick Harkaway
Joy Division sounded like Manchester: cold, sparse and, at times, bleak.
Bernard Sumner
London has always moved and surprised me, reinventing itself in ways both fresh and familiar. It’s a contrary, complex and creative city, an anarchist of a thousand faces – fickle and unfailing, tender and bleak, ambitious and callous.
Rory MacLean
Bleak Night’ presented my first lead role in a long feature.
Lee Je-hoon
When I felt I was rejected by my first wife, and she said, ‘Some day you will thank me for this,’ you know what? I do. And so, sometimes it is darkest before the dawn. You can think it is bleak and you can’t see. You never know.
John McEnroe
The natural world is often bleak, but the language devoted to it is as careful as needlepoint and prophetic as well.
Edith Pearlman
Things look especially bleak for common killers such as diabetes and heart disease. Those ailments clearly have a genetic component. But when scientists survey genes looking for which mutations patients have in common, they come up empty.
Sam Kean
There are a lot of challenges Ofglen faces as a Handmaid. She has to live her life for the Commander of her home, Glen, and it is really a bleak life. She has no rights, and her main job is to keep him and the rest of the people in his house happy.
Alexis Bledel
It’s possible to watch ‘Gone Girl’ and feel that you have seen something terribly bleak. But it’s also possible to receive it as good news. Any powerful articulation of the need for change is also a testimony to the possibility of change.
Elif Batuman
I am always drawn to things that feel different to what

I am always drawn to things that feel different to what I would experience at home: things that offer a combination of unfamiliarity and a sort of bleak glamour. I think the outback has that.
Louis Theroux
Most Muslims are well integrated, want to live under British law and prefer to send their children to mixed schools. They do not live in bleak ghettoes cut off from society. Their religion is not a barrier to integration and is very often perfectly reconciled with being – and feeling – British.
Munira Mirza
Predictions of a disappearing political center are a warning of a bleak future that we can avoid only by adhering to our nation’s founding principles.
Susan Collins
I think a lot of bands would just make a dark, bleak album, which is why we wanted to do the opposite. We wanted to let people know that there’s hope out there, and that no matter how tough things get, they will always get better. I’m really proud of that.
Chad Gilbert
With its vastly complicated plot and its immense cast of characters swirling around the case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce that has been grinding away in the Court of Chancery for decades, ‘Bleak House’ is, for many readers, Dickens’s greatest novel.
Robert Gottlieb
We live in a pretty bleak time. I feel that in the air. Everything is uncertain. Everything feels like its on the precipice of some major transformation, whether we like it or not.
Sean Lennon
I have to believe there’s redemption in the darkest of circumstances; otherwise it’s too bleak for me.
Paddy Considine
Having no contemporaries left means you cannot say, ‘Well, so-and-so will like this,’ which you do when you’re younger. You realize there is no so-and-so anymore. You are your own so-and-so. There is a bleak side to it.
Gore Vidal
In a globally interdependent world, a better financial and investment system cannot be achieved on a country-by-country basis. There may be no one-size-fits-all model for economic development, but without global standards and complementary regulations, the long-term outlook for the world economy will remain bleak.
Jose Angel Gurria
Gay life in 1970 was very bleak, compartmentalized. You didn’t take it to work. You had to really lead a double life. There were bars, but you sort of snuck in and snuck out. Activism and gay pride simply didn’t exist. I don’t even think the word ‘gay’ was in existence.
Larry Kramer
You can make bleak things funny but if you’re glib about it, it doesn’t work.
Russell Howard
I’ve had enough of the bleak headlines and divisive politics, dark TV dramas and hate-filled social media. I’m embracing a new movement with a slightly ridiculous name and a single mission, to make the world a better place. It’s called ‘hopepunk’.
Ben Fogle
I love bleak things.
Denise Mina
Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There’s huge, visionary poetry in it.
Simon Callow
I have spent a great deal of my time defending my work against those who see it as too complicated, too old in approach, too bleak to qualify as children’s literature. This has been the bane of my life.
Sonya Hartnett
‘Cunnamulla’ is a beautifully bleak portrait of a lonely town in which people are leading lives of sort of quiet desperation.
Louis Theroux
Women always try to see the one good part of The Weird Guy because the dating landscape is so bleak. Women will say, ‘He’s very odd, but he likes to cook. He’s creepy, but he makes good pancakes!’
Zoe Lister-Jones
I try to give people hope. Even though life is bleak, there’s hope out there.
Danielle Steel
Until I started doing standup, there were some very bleak days.
Larry David
‘Family Life’ is a blueprint of my life. It was horrible and physically gruesome in a way the book doesn’t attempt to capture. It was emotionally very bleak.
Akhil Sharma
A lot of dramas get a bad name commercially because they are unremittingly bleak.
Tom Hooper
I am greatly impressed with the BBC’s TV adaption of Charles Dickens’ ‘Bleak House.’ The costumes, the sets, the acting and the screenplay are all superb. Every episode is riveting.
Cecilia Dart-Thornton
I’m not a pessimist by nature. I’m not someone who sees things in a bleak way.
Nouriel Roubini
I don’t walk around chuckling all the time. My outlook is very bleak. It’s worse than bleak, it’s apocalyptic.
Mark Leyner