Top 88 Melancholy Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Melancholy Quotes from famous people such as John Strachan, Sandra Bullock, Oliver Goldsmith, Kevin Parker, MO, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

In applying this subject to the melancholy event, which

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
I think every human being has a level of melancholy in life and in general.
Sandra Bullock
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
Oliver Goldsmith
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
Sometimes I like to write the lyrics while I’m on the road, because then you get even more melancholy.
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
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
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
As a boy and even now, I am wont to melancholy. I do, probably once a day, experience a sincere heartbreak.
Jonathan Majors
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
Duke of Wellington
The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson’s.
Jonathan Coe
I did a movie a few years back, ‘Medicine for Melancholy.’ People will come up to me after a set and say, ‘I really love that movie. When are you going to do another one?’ Or ‘I loved you on ‘The Daily Show.’ Why did you leave?’ It’s kind of the same as saying, ‘I loved you in high school. You should have never left.’
Wyatt Cenac
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
During the wintertime in cold cities, you sometimes need a party to break through the melancholy.
Josh Gordon
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
I like those stories that capture the brutality of life, but there’s still some kind of melancholy romance.
Karen Elson
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
Some very silly songs can have an almost melancholy feeling when you put it in a different perspective.
Jens Lekman
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
You’ll find Swedes – maybe not as much as the Finns – thriving in melancholy.
Johan Renck
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
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
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
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
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
But with writers, there’s nothing wrong with melancholy. It’s an important color in writing.
Paul McCartney
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
The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
Charles Lamb
‘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
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
One and the same thing can at the same time be good, ba

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
What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity. I don’t feel required to grasp all the time.
David Guterson
I like the contrast in making something that sounds sunny but also has an element of melancholy to it.
Jamie xx
I have a tremendous battle with melancholy and depression.
Sebastian Faulks
But the eighteenth century, on the whole, loathed melancholy.
George Saintsbury
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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
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
Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.
Samuel Johnson
‘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
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
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
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’m always drawn to melancholy personalities.
Rene Russo
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
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
It’s a brooding melancholy that haunts me.
David Guterson
I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
Charles Baudelaire
I have a taste for a kind of melancholy and for being an absolute victim of love.
Arielle Dombasle
Melancholy is a state that I very much enjoy being in, actually. It’s not the same as feeling sad. It’s a more complex emotion; it derives from a tragic view of the world, a tragic view of art.
Johann Johannsson
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
Melancholy is no bad thing.
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
The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.
Ritchie Blackmore
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
There’s a lot of melancholy in my tracks.
Richard D. James
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
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
Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don’t need.
David Guterson
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