10 of the Saddest Lines in Literature

Updated: Mar 17, 2019

Words make us feel things like no other Here are some that melted my cold heart.


"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

—J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


"So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."

—Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


"You have been in every way all that anyone could be... If anybody could have saved me it would have been you."

—Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places


"I know so many last words. But I will never know hers."

—John Green, Looking for Alaska


"I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it — seems that only children weep. Good night."

—Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."

—William Golding, Lord of the Flies


"A sound of cornered animal fear and hate and surrender and defiance, that if you ever trailed a coon or cougar or lynx is like the last sound the treed and shot and falling animal makes as the dogs get him, when he finally doesn't care about anything, but himself and his dying."

—Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


"If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?"

—Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


"I take no joy in mead nor meat, and song and laughter have become suspicious strangers to me. I am a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings. There is an empty place within me where my heart once was."

—George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire


“Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.”

― Poppy Z. Brite, Lost Souls


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