130 Sad Anime Quotes About Loneliness, Death, And Heartbreak

These sad anime quotes prove that anime is not just a cartoon.

Anime tackles lots of topics that can make someone sad, like death, loneliness, and heartbreak.

Some of these are so relatable they may just move you to tears.

This quote collection includes sayings from some of the best shows like Sword Art OnlineNaruto, and Death Note.

A study by the University of California, Irvine, found that individuals who watch sad or emotionally intense anime are more likely to experience feelings of empathy and compassion toward others. 

This suggests that watching sad anime can help cultivate greater emotional awareness and understanding.

If you haven’t seen these, then you should definitely give them a shot.

You can watch Sword Art Online on Netflix.

The show chronicles the adventures of a video game whiz who discovers a way for players to control their avatars with their bodies.

However, he soon discovers that dying in the game means you will die in real life.

That adds a new spin on these sad anime quotes about death.

Keep reading through the list for more about where you can watch some of these other popular anime shows.

Sad Anime Quotes About Death

According to research by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, individuals who watch sad or emotional media are more likely to engage in self-reflection and introspection. 

This suggests that watching sad anime can be a helpful way to process and make sense of our own experiences.

1. “In every world, once you die, you’re gone.” — Akihiko Kayaba, Sword Art Online

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2. “Once you’re gone, that’s it. What’s so heroic and noble about being dead!” ― Lina Inverse, Slayers!

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3. “All this time, I seriously thought that it’s better to die than to live your life alone.” ― Kirito, Sword Art Online

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4. “Death is simply another stage of our life.” ― Grand Elder Guru, Dragon Ball Z

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5. “Everyone dies eventually, whether they have power or not. That’s why you need to think about what you’ll accomplish while you’re alive.” ― Mary MacbethBlood Blockade Battlefront

6. “Man always thinks about the past before he dies, as if he were frantically searching for proof that he truly lived.” ― Jet Black, Cowboy Bebop

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7. “Death isn’t kind. It’s dark and black and as far as you… As far as you can see you’re all alone. There’s no one else.” ― Mei Misaki, Another!

8. “War brings death. And wounds and pain to both sides. There’s nothing harder to accept, than the deaths of those you love. So you believe they could never die. Especially those who haven’t known war.” — Nagato, Naruto

9. “While you’re alive, you need a reason for your existence. Being unable to find one is the same as being dead.” — Naruto Uzumaki, Naruto

10. “When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.” ― Dr. Hiruluk, One Piece

Sad Anime Quotes About Loneliness

According to research by the University of Michigan, individuals who watch sad or emotional media are more likely to experience a boost in creativity and artistic inspiration. 

This suggests that watching sad anime can be a helpful way to spark our imaginations and generate new ideas.

11. “People cannot win against their loneliness.” ― Gaara, Naruto

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12. “Perhaps the companionship of an evil person is preferable to loneliness.” ― Gaara, Naruto

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13. “I know the loneliness of being a prisoner. I know the joy you feel when your friends come to rescue you and the fear of them being injured and defeated.” ― Rukia Kuchiki, Bleach

14. “The warmth of another person’s flesh is scary. It thaws out the loneliness that you had forgotten about so easily.” ― Rokka Shimao, Natsuyuki Rendezvous

15. “Loneliness is peaceful, but there’ll be no one to share happiness with.” ― Ayumu Aikawa, Is This a Zombie?

16. “Loneliness is a sickness that leads to death.” ― Holo, Spice and Wolf

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17. “There’s no lack of painful things in this world, but hunger and loneliness must surely be two of the worst. Thanks to you, I didn’t know a moment of either of them.” ― Sakae Jinnouchi, Summer Wars

18. “I’ve gained freedom…and yet… it’s so lonesome…” ― Sohma Momiji, Fruits Basket

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19. “There are people in this world who prefer solitude. But there is no one who can withstand it.” ― Makarov Dreyar, Fairy Tail

20. “Your eyes tell me how badly you wish to kill the one who put you through hell called loneliness.” — Gaara, Naruto

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Sad Anime Quotes From Naruto

21. “When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.” — Madara Uchiha, Naruto

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22. “The longer you live, the more you realise that reality is just made of pain, suffering and emptiness…” — Madara Uchiha, Naruto

23. “Fear. That is what we live with. And we live with it every day. Only in death are we free of it.” — Neji Hyuga, Naruto

24. “People cannot show each other their true feelings. Fear, suspicion, and resentment never subside.” — Madara Uchiha, Naruto

25. “Look, There is nothing in my heart, I don’t even feel pain.” — Obito Uchiha, Naruto

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26. “It doesn’t bleed, but I have been having a lot of pain around here.” — Gaara, Naruto

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27. “We were alone and starved for love, Kids that lived in a world full of hate.” — Konan, Naruto

28. “It’s too late to regret. Reality is just cruelly moving forward.” — Obito Uchiha, Naruto

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29. “Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what happened and continue living.” — JiraiyaNaruto

30. “Those who can’t acknowledge their real selves are bound to fail.” — Itachi Uchiha, Naruto

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Sad Anime Quotes From Death Note

31. “In this world, there are very few people who actually trust each other.” ― Light Yagami, Death Note

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32. “Being alone is better than being with the wrong person.” ― L Lawliet, Death Note

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33. “Not every genius is understood.” ― L Lawliet, Death Note

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34. “There are many types of monsters in this world. Monsters who will not show themselves and who cause trouble; monsters who abduct children; monsters who devour dreams; monsters who suck blood, and… monsters who always tell lies.” ― L Lawliet, Death Note

35. “No matter how gifted you are… You, alone, cannot change the world.” ― L Lawliet, Death Note

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36. “The human world is a boring place with boring people doing boring things.” ― Ryuk, Death Note

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37. “This has gotta be the longest 40 seconds of my life.” — Light Yagami, Death Note

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38. “This world is rotten, and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me?” — Light Yagami, Death Note

39. “If you can’t beat the game, if you can’t solve the puzzle, you’re nothing but a loser.” ― Near, Death Note

40. “The real evil is the power to kill people. Someone who finds himself with that power is cursed. No matter how you use it, anything obtained by killing people can never bring true happiness.” — Soichiro Yagami, Death Note

Sad Anime Quotes About Heartbreak And Love

41. “You idiot. You’d gotten yourself up in a tizzy about romance, right? ‘Love’ you experience in that state is just self-delusion. There’s no point in getting depressed over love like that.” — Kyouya Sata, Wolf Girl and Black Prince

42. “The two of us aren’t so different. My whole life I’ve desired from others. I felt bitter to the people around me and I closed off my heart. And a heart that lets nothing in, will become empty before you realize it. — Mei Aihara, Citrus

43. “Love is simply an electrical bug in the human neural circuit.” ― Akasaka Ryuunosuke, My Pet Girl Sakurasou.

44. “The moment you find the courage to give up your life for someone… would be the moment you understand love.” ― Kenshin Himura, Rurouni Kenshin

45. “Love is like a mirror that reflects your bad side. Especially when it’s unrequited, you get envious, jealous, prejudiced, and resentful. You have to face all sorts of emotions, but there’s no reason to find that shameful.” ― Margery Daw, Shakugan no Shana

46. “Love is never as simple as sharing the same path.” ― Khamsin, Shakugan no Shana

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47. “Is there a limit to how much you can love somebody? No matter how much I hurt him or get hurt by him, I find myself far from hating him, actually hoping that those wounds will scar, like burns… Because then you can never forget me.” ― Kamijou Hiroki, Junjou Romantica

48. “There is only one person who you can each truly love. It’s too bad that you can’t change who that person is. If you could, then you both would be a lot happier.” ― Arisugawa Juri, Shoujo Kakumei Utena

49. “Someday my memories will fade…And her voice, her actions, I might forget them as well. But I will always remember that I loved Saber.” ― Shirou Emiya, Fate Stay Night

50. “But slowly I realized It was real – that you were gone. And little by little, I slowly felt something inside me go numb.” ― Jet Black, Cowboy Bebop

Sad Anime Quotes About Pain In Life

51. “Even if things are painful and tough, people should appreciate what it means to be alive.” – Yato

52. “Those painful memories are what help us make it to tomorrow and become stronger.” – Erza Scarlet

53. “If you don’t share someone’s pain, you can never understand them.” – Nagato

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54. “When you are miserable, you need something that is even more miserable than you to feel good about yourself.” – Lucy

55. “That’s right. This world is cruel. It hit me that living was like a miracle.” – Mikasa Ackerman

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56. There’s no such thing as a particularly terrible death, that’s why it’s frightening.” – Sunako

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57. “There are people in this world who don’t understand that what they consider a harmless prank can deeply hurt someone else.” – Mio Nishizono

58. “If you win, you live. If you lose, you die. If you don’t fight, you can’t win!” ― Eren Yaeger

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59. “Living without protecting what needs to be protected is the same as death…” — Hideaki Sorachi  

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60. “Fear is necessary for evolution. The fear that one could be destroyed at any moment.” ― Sosuke Aizen

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Sad Anime Quotes That Make You Shed A Tear

61. “I wish people who say: “I’d rather die” would actually die before they say it. So that they’ll know how I feel.” – Subaru Natsuki

62. “They call certain methods of fighting good and others evil, acting as if there were some nobility to the battlefield. Such illusions, perpetrated by heroes throughout history, have led countless young men to their bloody deaths, all for the sake of this valor and glory.” – Kiritsugu Emiya

63. “Kakarot… please… destroy Frieza… He made me what I am. Don’t…let him… do it… to anyone else. whatever it takes… Stop him… Please.” – Vegeta

64. “The thing I wished for destroyed my whole family. I brought all this suffering down on my family because I made a wish for my dad without knowing what he really wanted.” – Kyoko Sakura

65. ”Humans die. Animals die. Plants die. Even soul reapers die. It’s the arch of the universe. Everything that comes to life eventually ceases to exist.” – Baraggan Louisenbairn

66. “I bet dead people are easier to get along with.” – Crona

Sad Anime Quotes That Make You Shed A Tear

67. “Remember what you said before? A normal person with a gun will wind up doing something he never thought himself capable of? No one in this world can truly hold himself separate from violence. Guns are literally within reach of anyone. Sadly that’s where we put our faith, in bullets rather than human kindness.”- Koko Hekmatyar

68. “The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they don’t wish to see anyone else suffer the way they did.” – Jellal Fernandes

69. “Are you listening god? The thing is, mom and dad don’t like each other anymore. And it’s my fault for being such a useless daughter.” – Hatori Shikishima

70. “The scariest thing about killing people is getting used to it! When you kill someone and realize you won’t be punished… That’s when people forget all about punishment.” – Rentaro Satomi

Sad Anime Quotes For Losing A Loved One

71. “Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.” — Zeniba

72. “You will never be able to love anybody else until you love yourself.” — Lelouch Lamperouge

73. “To know sorrow is not terrifying. What is terrifying is to know you can’t go back to the happiness you could have.” — Matsumoto Rangiku

74. “The scariest and the most painful thing is to be hated by someone you truly love.” — Tohru Honda

Sad Anime Quotes For Losing a Loved One

75. “How can you move forward when you keep regretting the past?” — Edward Elric

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76. “Forgetting is like a wound. The wound may heal, but it has already left a scar.” — Monkey D. Luffy

77. “I finally get a bouquet and it’s a goodbye present. That’s depressing.” — Chihiro Ogino

78. “Even if I’m worthless, and carry demon blood… thank you, for loving me!” — Portgas D. Ace

79. “It’s painful when you get disappointed by the person you look up to.“ — Misaki Ayuzawa

80. “People’s lives don’t end when they die. It ends when they lose faith.” — Itachi Uchiha

Sad Anime Quotes That Are Emotional

81. “Whatever you lose, you’ll find it again. But what you throw away, you’ll never get back.” — Kenshin Himura

82. “No matter how hurt someone is, they’re meant to overcome it and try to go forward.” — Mirajane Strauss

83. “Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.” — Lucy Heartfilia

84. “When you are feeling sad, smile, even if you have to force yourself. If you cry when it gets painful, it will only get more painful.” — Chie

65. “Having happy and beautiful memories won’t always bring you salvation. The more beautiful a memory is, the more painful it can become.” — Isla

86. “I don’t care if no one likes me. I wasn’t created in this world to entertain everyone.” — Houtarou Oreki

87. “Never trust anyone too much, remember, the devil was once an angel.” — Ken Kaneki

88. “Maybe if I was to kill the most important people in your life, everyone who’s ever meant anything, maybe, then I’d listen to you because maybe then you’ll have some idea how I feel!” — Sasuke Uchiha

89. “Sadness, happiness, everything. Death gently strips them away.” — Banana Fish

90. “Living is anxiety and pain. It’s continuing to think, continuing to choose.” — Alcor

Emotional Sad Anime Quotes

91. “We’re all just searching for a way to be forgiven.” ― ― L Lawliet

92. “It’s not how much we lost, but how much we have left.” ― Monkey D. Luffy

93. “The only thing that can heal a broken heart is time.” ― Akame

94. “It’s the people you meet and the memories you make that make life worth living.” ― Satoru Fujinuma

95. “You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it.” ― Yuki Nagato

96. “It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.” ― Kira Yoshikage

97. “The past can never be changed, but it can be overcome.” ― Rintarou Okabe

98. “It’s not about how much you suffered but how much you grew from suffering.” ― Makoto Naegi

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99. “It’s not the end of the world, but sometimes it feels like it.” ― Tomoya Okazaki

100. “It’s not always about trying to fix something broken. Sometimes, it’s about starting over and creating something better.” ― Kyosuke Munakata

Exploring The Depths Of Sad Anime Quotes

101. “I want to be the very best, like no one ever was.” ― Ash Ketchum

102. “It’s okay not to be okay as long as you are not giving up.” ― Karen Aijou

103. “No one knows what the future holds. That’s why its potential is infinite.” ― Riko

104. “The worst kind of pain is when you’re smiling just to stop the tears from falling.” ― Haku

105. “Even a fool can make the impossible possible if he sticks with it to the end.” ― Rokuro Okajima

106. “People die if they get killed.” ― Shirou Emiya

107. “I don’t want to conquer anything. I just think the guy with the most freedom in this whole ocean… that’s the Pirate King!” ― Monkey D. Luffy

108. “I mustn’t run away. I mustn’t run away. I mustn’t run away.” ― Shinji Ikari

109. “It’s not the face that makes someone a monster; it’s the choices they make with their lives.” ― Naruto Uzumaki

110. “The world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us trying the best it can, that’s what makes it so damn beautiful.” ― Roy Mustang

Heart-Wrenching Sad Anime Quotes That Speak To The Soul

111. Even if you can’t see me, even if you can’t hear me, I’ll be by your side.” ― Hachiman Hikigaya

112. “I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.” ― Kagome Higurashi

113. “The only ones who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed!” ― Lelouch Lamperouge

114. “People who can’t throw something important away, can never hope to change anything.” ― Armin Arlert

115. “Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.” ― Clare

116. “No matter how deep the night, it always turns to day, eventually.” ― Brook

117. “The world is not beautiful; therefore, it is.” ― Kino

118. “No one knows what’s going to happen in the future. But it’s not the future that’s important. What’s important is the present.” ― Rika Furude

119. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Shoyo Hinata

120. “Sometimes a person has to be alone. It doesn’t mean they can’t be happy.” ― Gaara

Sad Anime Quotes About Life And Pain

121. “How can you destroy a monster without becoming one?” ― Kaneki, ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

122. “I haven’t done anything yet. Getting depressed and losing confidence is way too egotistical.” ― Sorata Kanda, ‘The Pet Girl of Sakura Dormitory’

123. “It would be enough for the depressing things in life to only exist in reality.” ― Shiori Misaka, ‘Kanon’

124. “Why should I apologize for being a monster? Has anyone ever apologized for turning me into one?” ― Juuzou Suzuya is made a monster in ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

125. “If you don’t like how things turned out, then try to change it. And then if it still doesn’t work out, that’s when you can be depressed.” ― Nanana Ryuugajou, ‘Nanana’s Buried Treasure’

126. “This is the end of my dream. My wings forgot how to fly, since I only kept pretending to flap them. Is there a meaning to wings that can’t fly?” ― Misuzu Kamio, ‘Air’

127. “No matter how much we think we want – it’s never enough. I just want one thing to go right for me. I just need something to give me the energy so I can keep going.” ― Nana Komatsu, ‘Nana’

128. “Never forget that kindness can hurt instead of help.” ― Inaba Himeko, ‘Kokoro Connect’

129. “A dream is worth less than nothing if you don’t have someone else to share it with.” ― Saitou Dousan, ‘The Ambition of Oda Nobuna’

130. “I’m pathetic. I was observing the world from a safe distance. I was just scared of being hurt. I was lonely.” ― Yuki Amano, ‘Future Diary’

Where To Find Some Of The Shows These Sad Anime Quotes Come From

There are several different episodes of Naruto available on Netflix. 

Naruto is the story of a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers.

He has dreams of becoming the Hokage, or leader of his village.

It isn’t surprising that several of the sad anime quotes about loneliness come from this show.

Death Note is available on Hulu and Netflix.

This story follows a teenager who discovers a book that will allow him a supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in the book.

That’s a scary thought for sure!

Loneliness, death, and heartbreak are things we will all experience.

These sad anime quotes express the emotion in a deep and relatable way.

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