You are NOT the only one.
Loneliness can hit at the most random times. You can be out with friends or waking up in the morning getting ready for your day, and then — BAM! You realize you’re lonely.
If you’re like some people and you’re chronically lonely, then that can be telling of a more serious condition, like depression.
When you’re lonely, you feel isolated and empty or dissatisfied with your friendships or relationships. All of us are familiar with this feeling — plenty of us feel lonely after breakups — but if you’re the rare person who’s never experienced it, then should consider yourself pretty dang lucky.
Feeling lonely doesn’t necessarily mean you’re alone. You can have an active social life and constantly be around people and still feel isolated or alienated.
Loneliness strikes if you feel like you don’t have meaningful bonds with others or if you constantly feel misunderstood. Feeling this way sucks, but it’s something that a lot of people can relate to.
To help you realize that you’re not alone in your loneliness, we’ve gathered some sad quotes that perfectly describe the experience of feeling misunderstood or isolated — because just knowing that you’re not alone in feeling the way you do will make you feel so much better and help get you back up if you’re feeling down.
“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” —Henry Rollins
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” —Maya Angelou
“Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” —Thomas Wolfe
“Forget or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room.” —Douglas Coupland
“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” ― Douglas Coupland
“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?” ―Haruki Murakami
“Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.” ―Charles Bukowski
“I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others–young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.” ―F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.” —Augusten Burroughs
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.” ―Charles M. Schulz
“I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.” ―Anaïs Nin
“He says he’s lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she’s lonely too. She doesn’t say why.” ― Marguerite Duras
“How lonely it is here, and how well it suits you.” —Franz Kafka
“You want to ask, am I lonely? Well, of course, lonely as a woman driving across country day after day, leaving behind mile after mile little towns she might have stopped and lived and died in. —Adrienne Rich
I was very often full of rage and despair. I was always lonely. In spite of all that I was and am in love with life. —Jeanette Winterson
“It’s strange. I felt less lonely when I didn’t know you.” —Jean-Paul Sartre
“What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?” —George Eliot
“I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable.” —Henry Miller
“Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself; know what you want.” —Janet Fitch
“We’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we’ve never even met?” —David Foster Wallace