65 Dreary Quotes On Success In Life

These dreary quotes will inspire you. Dreary, dull, bleak, and lifeless; depressing.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging dreary quotes, dreary sayings, and dreary proverbs.

Best Dreary Quotes

  1. “Live in constant gratitude. No matter what the condition today, no matter how dark, how dreary, how painful and difficult….to day is merely the passing outcome of yesterday’s nonsense. How you feel today, and what you give your attention to, builds tomorrow.” ~ James Arthur Ray
  2. “The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
    It rains, and the wind in never weary;
    The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
    But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
    And the day is dark and dreary.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. “Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. “The day is dark and cold and dreary; it rains, and the wind is never weary.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  5. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe
  6. “Behind the clouds is the sun still shining.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. “What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.” ~ George Eliot
  8. “Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.” ~ Lawrence G. Lovasik
  9. “Into each life some rain must fall.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  10. “Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham
  11. “The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary; The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, But at every gust the dead leaves fall, And the day is dark and dreary. My life is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary; My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past, But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, And the days are dark and dreary. Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , Dreary quotes about life
  12. “The keenest pangs the wretched find Are rapture to the dreary void, The leafless desert of the mind, The waste of feelings unemployed.” ~ Lord Byron
  13. “On dreary night let lusty sunshine fall.” ~ Friedrich Schiller

  14. “What’s nice about the rain is you don’t feel you have to live up to anything. Everything around you is so grey and wet and damp and dreary that you don’t feel you have to smile and percolate as you do on a sunny spring day.” ~ Mary Tyler Moore
  15. “When the heart grows weary, all things seem dreary; When the burden grows heavy, the way seems long. Thank God for sending kind death as an ending, Like a grand Amen to a minor song.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  16. “All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson4″The rain was dashing in torrents against the window-panes, and the wind sweeping in heavy and fitful gusts along the dreary and deserted streets, as a party of three persons sat over their wine, in that stately old pile which once formed the resort of the Irish Members, in College Green, Dublin, and went by the name of Daly’s Clubhouse.” ~ Charles Lever
  17. “God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope.” ~ Maya Angelou

  18. “The rain was dashing in torrents against the window-panes, and the wind sweeping in heavy and fitful gusts along the dreary and deserted streets, as a party of three persons sat over their wine, in that stately old pile which once formed the resort of the Irish Members, in College Green, Dublin, and went by the name of Daly’s Clubhouse.” ~ Charles Lever
  19. “Social Science, is not a ‘gay science’ but rueful, which finds the secret of this universe in ‘supply and demand’ and reduces the duty of human governors to that of letting men alone. Not a ‘gay science’, no, a dreary, desolate, and indeed quite abject and distressing one; what we might call, the dismal science” ~ Thomas Carlyle
  20. “He spoke wistfully of a sudden leaving, a breaking of old ties, a flight into a strange world, ending in this dreary valley, and Ettie listened, her dark eyes gleaming with pity and with sympathy – those two qualities which may turn so rapidly and so naturally to love.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
  21. “There is nothing dreary or doubtful about (the life). It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength.” ~ Amy Carmichael

  22. “Why had we let it go? Why had we both been condemned…to an exile among dreary strangers who had made us give up all desire for rest, for friendship, for the sound of human voices? Could I now reclaim a single hour spent talking to my brother, Philip, and give it to Ken Daggart? Who made it our duty to accept, as the only reward for our work, the gray torture of pretending love for those who roused nothing but contempt?” ~ Ayn Rand , Dreary quotes on love
  23. “The clean clear colours were in my head. But one day as I looked at the brown burned wood of the Shanty, I thought ‘I can paint one of those dismal-coloured paintings like the men. I think just for fun I will try – all low-toned and dreary with the tree besides the door.’ In my next show, ‘The Shanty’ went up. The men seemed to approve of it. They seemed to think that maybe I was beginning to paint. That was my only low-toned dismal-coloured painting.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
  24. “The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more dreary,
    And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  25. “Yet will that beauteous image make The dreary sea less drear And thy remembered smile will wake The hope that tramples fear” ~ William C. Bryant

  26. “Days of absence, sad and dreary,
    Clothed in sorrow’s dark array, –
    Days of absence, I am weary;
    She I love is far away.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  27. “Sweetheart, when you walk my way,
    Be it dark or be it day;
    Dreary winter, fairy May,
    I shall know and greet you.
    For each day of grief or grace
    Brings you nearer my embrace;
    Love hath fashioned your dear face,
    I shall know you when I meet you.” ~ Frank Lebby Stanton
  28. “I have always felt that the moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.” ~ Monica Baldwin
  29. “Nae man can tether time or tide; The hour approachesTam maun ride; That hour, o’night’s black arch the key-stane, That dreary hourTam mounts his beast in.” ~ Robert Burns

  30. “If there is anything that can bind the heavenly mind of man to this dreary exile of our earthly home and can reconcile us with our fate so that one can enjoy living,-then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy.” ~ Johannes Kepler
  31. “Bright was the summer’s noon when quickening steps
    Followed each other till a dreary moor
    Was crossed, a bare ridge clomb, upon whose top
    Standing alone, as from a rampart’s edge,
    I overlooked the bed of Windermere,
    Like a vast river, stretching in the sun.” ~ William Wordsworth
  32. “I can honestly say that there are many forms of atheism that I find far more admirable than many forms of Christianity or of religion in general. But atheism that consists entirely in vacuous arguments afloat on oceans of historical ignorance, made turbulent by storms of strident self-righteousness, is as contemptible as any other form of dreary fundamentalism. And it is sometimes difficult, frankly, to be perfectly generous in one’s response to the sort of invective currently fashionable among the devoutly undevout, or to the sort of historical misrepresentations it typically involves.” ~ David Bentley Hart
  33. “I drank a lot, but I wouldn’t have missed it. I look back on it as sort of dreary enjoyment, because I don’t have to be there anymore.” ~ Anthony Hopkins

  34. “It was post war. It was very gray, very dreary. Everything was still rationed when I first saw the United States in 1951. I went over to visit my sister who was a war bride.” ~ John Mahoney
  35. “All I wanted was to say honestly to people: ‘Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!’ The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life. And so long as this different life does not exist, I shall go on saying to people again and again: ‘Please, understand that your life is bad and dreary!'” ~ Anton Chekhov
  36. “If they had said that the sun or the moon had gone out of the heavens, it could not have struck me with the idea of a more awful and dreary blank in creation than the words: Byron is dead!” ~ Jane Welsh Carlyle
  37. “Please, understand that your life is bad and dreary!” ~ Anton Chekhov

  38. “Ships and sails proper for the heavenly air should be fashioned. Then there will also be people, who do not shrink from the dreary vastness of space.” ~ Johannes Kepler
  39. “What I want to bring back to superheroes with this project is a sense of play. Things have gotten so dreary. The heroes have gotten so ugly that even their muscles have muscles.” ~ Frank Miller
  40. “I’m a bit of an expert on anger, having suffered from it all through my youth, when I was both brunt and font. It’s certainly the most miserable state to be in but it’s also tremendously gratifying, really—rage feels justified. And it’s an excellent substitute for action. Why would you want to sacrifice rage to go about the long, difficult, dreary business of making something more tolerable?” ~ Deborah Eisenberg
  41. “All those animals live a pretty dreary life, then they get chopped up and put on a griddle.” ~ Alec Baldwin

  42. “When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  43. “Although love dwells in gorgeous palaces, and sumptuous apartments, more willingly than in miserable and desolate cottages, it cannot be denied but that he sometimes causes his power to be felt in the gloomy recesses of forests, among the most bleak and rugged mountains, and in the dreary caves of a desert.” ~ Giovanni Boccaccio
  44. “LSD burst over the dreary domain of the constipated bourgeoisie like the angelic herald of a new psychedelic millennium. We have never been the same since, nor will we ever be, for LSD demonstrated, even to skeptics, that the mansions of heaven and gardens of paradise lie within each and all of us.” ~ Terence McKenna
  45. “The Magistrate suffered from the disability of a free-thinking turn of mind and from a life that was barren and dreary to match.” ~ J. G. Farrell

  46. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.” ~ Francis Pharcellus Church
  47. “I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the duncoloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material?” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
  48. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, O’er a plan to venge myself upon that cursed Thursday Next- This Eyre affair, so surprising, gives my soul such loath despising, Here I plot my temper rising, rising from my jail of text. “Get me out!” I said, advising, “Pluck me from this jail of text- or I swear I’ll wring your neck!” ~ Jasper Fforde
  49. “Cold inthe earthand the deepsnow piled abovethee, Far, far, removed, cold in the dreary grave! Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee, Severed at last byTime’s all-serving wave?” ~ Emily Bronte

  50. “As a child I often wondered whether I would be allowed to live such moments- to inhabit the slow, majestic ballet of the snowflakes, to be released at last from the dreary frenzy of time. Is that what it feels to be naked? All one’s clothes are gone, yet one’s mind is overladen with finery.” ~ Muriel Barbery
  51. “Thus thought I, as by night I read Of the great army of the dead, The trenches cold and damp, The starved and frozen camp,– The wounded from the battle-plain, In dreary hospitals of pain, The cheerless corridors, The cold and stony floors. Lo! in that house of misery A lady with a lamp I see Pass through the glimmering gloom And flit from room to room. And slow, as in a dream of bliss, The speechless sufferer turns to kiss Her shadow, as it falls Upon the darkening walls.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  52. “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free. Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls. Where words come out from the depth of truth, where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection. Where the clear stream of reason has not lost it’s way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit. Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action. In to that heaven of freedom, my father, LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!” ~ Rabindranath Tagore
  53. “After a youth and manhood passed half in unutterable misery and half in dreary solitude, I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you.” ~ Charlotte Bronte

  54. “The hardest lesson is Clare’s solitude. Sometimes I come home and Clare seems kind of irritated; I’ve interrupted some train of thought, broken into the dreary silence of her day. Sometimes I see an expression on Clare’s face that is like a closed door. She has gone inside the room of her mind and is sitting there knitting or something. I’ve discovered that Clare likes to be alone. But when I return from time traveling she is always relieved to see me.” ~ Audrey Niffenegger
  55. “IN MY LIFELONG STUDY OF HUMAN BEINGS, I HAVE FOUND that no matter how hard they might try, they have found no way yet to prevent the arrival of Monday morning. And they do try, of course, but Monday always comes, and all the drones have to scuttle back to their dreary workaday lives of meaningless toil and suffering.” ~ Jeff Lindsay
  56. “Little by little things began to assume a new aspect. The sense of insecurity vanished, words came of themselves, I was no longer so painfully conscious of everything I said. I drank on and felt the great soft wave approach and embrace me; the dark hour began to fill with pictures and stealthily the noiseless procession of dreams appeared again superimposed on the dreary, grey landscape of existence.” ~ Erich Maria Remarque
  57. “No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” ~ L. Frank Baum

  58. “Is there nothing to sing about to-day? Then borrow a song from tomorrow; sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
  59. “This progressive effacement of human relationships is not without certain problems for the novel. How, in point of fact, would one handle the narration of those unbridled passions, stretching over many years, and at times making their effect felt on several generations? We’re a long way from Wuthering Heights, to say the least. The novel form is not conceived for depicting indifference or nothingness; a flatter, more terse, and dreary discourse would need to be invented.” ~ Michel Houellebecq
  60. “I was in disbelief that I’d just explained my dreary life to this bizarre, beautiful boy who may or may not despise me. Bella Swan” ~ Stephenie Meyer
  61. “I started a short story but it was so dreary that even my pen threw up.” ~ Jonathan Carroll

  62. “On occasions, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal.” ~ Jeffrey R. Holland
  63. “What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably… have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham
  64. “‘In Search of Excellence’ – even the title – is a reminder that business isn’t dry, dreary, boring, or by the numbers. Life at work can be cool – and work that’s cool isn’t confined to Tiger Woods, Yo-Yo Ma, or Tom Hanks. It’s available to all of us and any of us.” ~ Tom Peters
  65. “If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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