45 Best Bittersweet Quotes To Embrace Both Sides Of Life

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An inspirational collection of bittersweet quotes that’ll help you appreciate the beauty in life’s ups and downs.

Some people would say that Life is bittersweet and I believe that. Regardless of how much we try to avoid it, life will always consist of pain, downs, rough patches, and heartaches but it is also in those things we find, happiness, growth, joy, memories, and strength.

Life will always have good days and bad days. There will always be bittersweet moments. What we can only do is appreciate it, find the good in the bad, embrace our journey and learn to live our life to the fullest.

May these bittersweet quotes below inspire you to live your best life and embrace and appreciate the ups and downs of life.

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Bittersweet Quotes and Sayings

I don’t know if this is a season of sweetness or one of sadness. But I’m learning that neither last forever.

— Shauna Niequist

It’s kind of bittersweet. The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart.

— Yakov Smirnoff

The life, when we’re aware of beauty, is kind of a bittersweet thing, it’s a transient reminder of eternal beauty, which someday we will be face to face with.

— Jon Foreman

We feel a kind of bittersweet pricking of malicious delight in contemplating the misfortunes of others.

— Michel de Montaigne

Was it always to be like this? she wondered. A moment of joy followed by a new sorrow?

— Soheir Khashoggi

Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.

— Rajneesh

Life at best is bittersweet.

— Jack Kirby

You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.

— Jodi Picoult

If you begin to face your fears, something bittersweet is going to happen to you: You’ll grow up.

— Martha Beck

Bittersweet is kind of my own favourite style because I want to be able to cry to the same song that I also can laugh to.

— Aino Jawo

Memories, even bittersweet ones, are better than nothing.

— Jennifer Armentrout

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Bittersweet Quotes About Love

We weren’t that different after all, our souls laden with the same ache of loss, our hearts bursting with the same longing to save what remained of all we loved.

— Rachel L. Schade

The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.

Ernest Hemingway

Once again love drives me on, that loosener of limbs, bittersweet creature against which nothing can be done.

— Sappho

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.

— Paulo Coelho

It was as if all of the happiness, all of the magic of this blissful hour had flowed together into these stirring, bittersweet tones and flowed away, becoming temporal and transitory once more.

— Hermann Hesse

Bittersweet quotes

We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

In life, there are those relationships where you really love someone, but they’re just not right for you and there’s a little bittersweet feel to it.

— Jennifer Morrison

We thought humble and proud at the same time, all at once in love again with this painful bittersweet lovely thing called flight.

— Richard Bach

As time passes, the day will come when everything will fade to memories. But those miraculous days, when you and I, along with everyone else, searched together for just that one thing, will continue revolving forever somewhere deep in my heart, as my bittersweet memory.

— Chica Umino

Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.

— Mandy Hale

The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.

— Nicholas Sparks

Short Bittersweet Quotes

You are the beautiful half

of a golden hurt.

— Gwendolyn Brooks

This ravishing world. This achingly bittersweet, ravishing world.

— Justin Cronin

We are nothing but shadows. Fading away trying to hold on to this bittersweet life that we call our own.

— Ricky Mears

Victory is always bittersweet.

— Nadia Scrieva

You cannot drink the nectar of love without bleeding for its thorns.

— Amit Howard

Our sweetest songs are those of saddest thought.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

I sometimes wonder;

is loving you healing me..

or gently destroying me,

— Seddik Jelouane

There’s always a bittersweet kind of thing, but I feel like everything had to work out the way it is. Everything that had to happen, happened.

— Bruno Mars

Nostalgia can be bitter

or it can be sweet,

but it doesn’t really matter

because I’ve always liked

the taste of memories.

— Grace Gegenheimer

Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.

— Joanne Harris

I was bitter. He was sweet. And in a parallel universe, we were bittersweet.

— Dominic Riccitello

Bittersweet Quotes About Leaving

When things fall apart, the broken pieces allow all sorts of things to enter, and one of them is the presence of God.

— Shauna Niequist

And you shouldn’t regret letting people into your life who changed it for the better, even if they didn’t stay.

— Daven McQueen

I have laughed

more than daffodils

and cried more than June.

— Sanober Khan

There is nothing as painful, or as simple, as doing what is right.

— Amie Kaufman

If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with another hello.

— Paulo Coelho

You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.

— Cassandra Clare

Love comes unseen; we only see it go.

— Austin Dobson

So it really does have a sort of bittersweet quality. Kids like to have adventures and to believe they can fly, but there’s also that fear about people leaving you.

— Cathy Rigby

…sometimes the happiest ending isn’t the one you keep longing for, but something you absolutely cannot see from where you are.

— Shauna Niequist

If there is an afterlife, I want my soul intact. And then maybe I’ll see you there.”I smiled, somehow calm now that I was facing something inevitable. I was getting the good-bye I’d always wanted.

— Brodi Ashton

Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.

— Dr. Seuss

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