85 Feeling Numb Quotes About Emotional Numbness
Are you feeling sad, depressed, or numb? Looking for quotes that might describe your mental state? We have rounded up the best feeling numb quotes, sayings, and captions (with images and pictures) that you can resonate with.
Numbness is a loss of feeling or sensation in an area of the body. But we also at times feel mentally and emotionally numb.
That means that nothing stirs our emotions and we feel nothing at all. This may happen due to extreme shock, fear or depression, or the death of a loved one.
It’s a state where you can’t feel emotions anymore. You feel so hopeless and empty that you stop feeling anything.
Often, in life there comes a point when the whole world and its existence seem so meaningless. You may feel everything is unnecessary and this may fill you deep down with an emptiness that is unexplainable to others.
This feeling might have many underlying reasons like betrayal, disappointment, heartbreak, or a bad experience in life.
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Feeling numb can often be an indicator that something deeper is going on and could be a symptom of depression or a mental health condition. Feeling emotionally numb can make it hard to connect with others, which creates loneliness or a sense of isolation in your experience.
Don’t forget to check out our collection of feeling down quotes and feeling sad quotes that you can relate to.
Feeling Numb Quotes
- “Stop it now. I feel numb.” – Ak
- “I felt so much, that I started to feel nothing.” – Unknown
- “My heart hurts, and I’m in a drowsy, numb state.”
- “Feeling must have rendered her numb.” – Mary Lawson
- “This is how it feels now…. blankness, numbness, nothing.” – Liar by Justine Larbalestier
- “I don’t feel anymore. I used to be sad but now I’m just numb.”
- “Numbness keeps us from becoming.” – Glennon Doyle Melton
- “I was just numb all over, like a dead man walking.” – Fred Gipson
- “Be careful with too much joy, it can make you numb in life.” – Toba Beta
- “I thought I’m healing but the truth is, I just stopped feeling.” – C. C. Aurel
- “How nice — to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.” – Kurt Vonnegut
- “I feel so much that it is hard for me at times to feel anything at all.” – Mary Kate Teske
- “Winning intoxicates you, and numbs you to the sufferings of others.” – Margaret Atwood
- “The worst part about being sad is that you don’t even know what makes you happy anymore.” – Unknown
- “She wasn’t sad anymore, she was numb, and numb, she knew, was somehow worse.” – Atticus
- “Shock is when language and emotion get overwritten by trauma’s numbing code.” – Stewart Stafford
- “Numb (Feeling)!! Walked over, taken for granted and tossed away when not needed…” – GirlWritingLife
- “I’ve perfected the art of the fake smile. It’s not so difficult when you are completely numb.” – Bethany Griffin
- “Had our hearts really become so numb . . . Who am I if I need to be shocked back into my best self?” – Brendan Kiely
- “The true answer held my chest like an unwanted hand’s sudden touch, uncomfortable and unfeeling.” – Aspen Matis
- “When you’ve been sad for so long that when something bad happens you don’t cry, you just sit there and feel numb.” – Unknown
- “And I knew it was bad when I woke up in the mornings and the only thing I looked forward to was going back to bed.”
- “Some scars don’t hurt. Some scars are numb. Some scars rid you of the capacity to feel anything ever again.” – Joyce Rachelle
- “We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” – Brene Brown
- “Nothing else you want to do after all your dreams come true. You’ve become numb. You shouldn’t have ever stopped dreaming.” – Toba Beta
- “I wanted nothing but silence, black woods, decay, cold winds; to lie twisted and turned as a serpent, to be in unison with a dying earth.” – Segovia Amil
- “I learned how to stop crying. I learned how to hide inside of myself. I learned how to be somebody else. I learned how to be cold and numb.” – Sherman Alexie
- “The body shuts down when it has too much to bear; goes its own way quietly inside, waiting for a better time, leaving you numb and half alive.” – Jeanette Winterson
- “I learned to be with myself rather than avoiding myself with limiting habits; I started to be aware of my feelings more, rather than numb them.” – Judith Wright
- “Most of us were simply wrapped too tightly in the grip of summit fever to engage in thoughtful reflection about the death of someone in our midst.” – Jon Krakauer
- “You’ve faced horrors in these past weeks… I don’t know which is worse. The terror you feel the first time you witness such things, or the numbness that comes after it starts to become ordinary.” – Tasha Alexander
- “I am so emotionally numb these days. You leaving me? Cool… You want to stay? Cool… You want to fight? Cool… You won… I don’t care about anything…. No feelings no emotions… Nothing.” – Kavya Srivastava
- “It feels so good to vent out your anger through exercise, especially running. And when you gasp, when your legs feel numb, when your heart pounds. At that moment you feel good because you feel nothing else.” – Sarvesh Jain
- “And though the coldness I have always felt leaves me, the numbness doesn’t and probably never will. this relationship will probably lead to nothing… this didn’t change anything. I imagine her smelling clean, like tea…” – Bret Easton Ellis
- “We must be willing to encounter darkness and despair when they come up and face them, over and over again if need be, without running away or numbing ourselves in the thousands of ways we conjure up to avoid the unavoidable.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Here I am once again Holding my pen while it’s going all dry With no stories there to write Nor remarkable dates for me to scratch And it scares the hell out of me the way my soul became so numb That all my papers turn into blanks …” – Samiha Totanji
- “No, you’re not numb. In fact, you are quite the opposite. You feel things so extraordinarily with the very power of your imagination that by the time they occur in real life, the tangible event simply cannot compare to the feeling you made with your mind.” – Ani Baker
- “Shadow had heard too many people telling each other not to repress their feelings, to let their emotions out, let the pain go. Shadow thought there was a lot to be said for bottling up emotions. If you did it long enough and deep enough, he suspected, pretty soon you wouldn’t feel anything at all.” – Neil Gaiman
- “We all experience numbness when we’ve been in pain for too long because we’re simply too exhausted to process our own emotion anymore. But eventually, we feel again…the highs and the lows, the joys and the sorrows. If you’re a deep feeler, numbness will always be a short reprieve. You cannot hold back an ocean.” – Ranata Suzuki
- “It’s like being numb most of the time,” she tried to explain, tried to calm herself down by putting words to feelings. “Everything feels gray, but when I do feel something, it’s like I feel it more than most people and it hurts—it hurts me, personally, like the pain was made for me in mind. And suddenly—numb doesn’t feel so bad.” – Nenia Campbell
Sad Quotes About Feeling Numb
We may find being alone is better than being in the company of people. Solitude and loneliness may feel addictive.
But it’s important to reach out to friends and family who can listen to you and your thoughts when you feel completely lost in life.
You feel emotionless and nothing in life seems to have meaning anymore. When you feel such an absence of emotions then reach out to your friends and family and speak your heart out.
Sometimes a heart-to-heart honest conversation can relieve us of a lot of pain.
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Hope these feeling sad and feeling numb quotes will help you realize that you are not alone in this journey and there are a lot of others who go through this phase in life. It’s important not to surrender to such an emotionless state and come over it with help of others.
- “I feel so numb..”
- “Numbness is always preferable to pain.”
- “Pinch me, Love I’ve forgotten how to feel.” – g.z.
- “Let it hurt until it can’t hurt anymore.” – Liam Ryan
- “Pain is always preferable to numbness.” – Scott Anderson
- “It’s such a fine line between feeling everything and nothing at all.” – Unknown
- “How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you?” – Ray Bradbury
- “I was as hollow and empty as the spaces between stars.” – Raymond Chandler
- “Until the bitter end, the emptiness inside her was hers alone.” – Haruki Murakami
- “Maybe we feel empty because we leave pieces of ourselves in everything we used to love.” ― R. M. Drake
- “If I had to pick between experiencing pain and experiencing nothing, I would choose agony.”
- “And all of a sudden I felt really tired. Like the world has drained me for everything that I had.” – Unknown
- “I just let the pain take over, allowing it to numb the pain of being left behind.” – Jessica Sorensen
- “That feeling when you don’t feel anything. You’re not sad. You’re not happy. You’re just nothing.”
- “Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” – William Faulkner
- “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains/ My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk.” – John Keats
- “The bad part about being so numb is there will come a time when you’ll want to feel something, but you won’t know how to.” – Unknown
- “I’ve felt happiness at its greatest; and I’ve felt depressed to the core; but there’s nothing worse than being numb and feeling no more.” – Julie Martinez
- “Funny how a paper cut or stubbing your toe can feel like the worst pain but I can take a knife to my skin and feel almost nothing at all. Just empty numbness….”
- “All those men who end up disappointing you. After a while, you don’t even want to have feelings anymore. You just want to get on with your life.” – Candace Bushnell
- “Perhaps you can’t do anything about your numbness. It’s the result of what the rest of the world has done to you. But your coldness. That is what you do to the world.”
- “Your numbness is something perhaps you cannot help. It is what the world has done to you. But your coldness. That is what you do to the world.” – Lorrie Moore
- “There is a feeling of disbelief that comes over you, that takes over, and you kind of go through the motions. You do what you’re supposed to do, but in fact you’re not there at all.” – Frederick Barthelme
- “I am insignificant. I feel like I’ve been tossed into the ocean at night and am floating about aimlessly. I extend my hand, but no one is there. I yell, but no one responds. I have no ties to anyone or anything.”
- “I’m something that I used to be. I’m never where I feel I am, and if I seek myself, I don’t know who’s seeking me. My boredom with everything has numbed me. I feel banished from my soul.” – Fernando Pessoa
- “I, too, wished to turn everything off. I just clicked a button to turn off the computer. Turn off my heart, mind, and body, and just lie there, mindless, like a dormant tree in the winter, waiting for spring to return.”
- “I am nothing. I’m like someone who’s been thrown into the ocean at night, floating all alone. I reach out, but no one is there. I call out, but no one answers. I have no connection to anything.” – Haruki Murakami
- “I want to care, but I don’t. I look at you and all I feel is tired. I walk through school and all I want to do is leave. I wake up in the morning and don’t know why I’m here. I feel like I’m not real.” – Elizabeth Scott
- “The saddest kind of sad is when your tears can’t even drop and you feel nothing. It’s like the world has just ended. You don’t cry. You don’t hear. You don’t see. You just stay there. And for a second. The heart dies.”
- “There’s much to be said for feeling numb. Time passes more quickly. You eat less, and because numbness encourages laziness, you do fewer things, good or bad, and the world’s probably a better place for it.” – Douglas Coupland
- “I wanted to turn everything off, too. Just press a button – click – and shut myself down. Turn off my heart, turn off my mind, turn off my body – just lie there, senseless, like a dormant tree in winter, waiting for the spring to return.” – Kevin Brooks
- “There is a level of grief so deep that it stops resembling grief at all. The pain becomes so severe that the body can no longer feel it. The grief cauterizes itself, scars over, prevents inflated feeling. Such numbness is a kind of mercy.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- “Numbness has a way of sinking in without you even realizing it. Communicating just becomes a way of exchanging information. And you don’t realize how numb you’ve become until you connect with someone who makes you feel.” – JmStorm
- “I have this strange feeling that I’m not myself anymore. It’s hard to put into words, but I guess it’s like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again. That sort of feeling.” – Haruki Murakami
- “He’d been numb a long time, years. All his nights down Ninsei, his nights with Linda, numb in bed and numb at the cold sweating center of every drug deal. But now he’d found this warm thing, this chip of murder. Meat, some part of him said. It’s the meat talking, ignore it.” – William Gibson
- “I suffer from life and from other people. I can’t look at reality face to face. Even the sun discourages and depresses me. Only at night and all alone, withdrawn, forgotten and lost, with no connection to anything real or useful — only then do I find myself and feel comforted.” – Fernando Pessoa
- “I am not angry, I am not sad, I have no questions, I need no answers, for, I am numb. I can’t cry, I can’t smile, I can’t laugh, I can’t giggle, for, I feel numb. I don’t argue, I don’t think, I don’t talk, I can’t fight, for, I feel numb and somehow, I just know being ‘numb’ is worse than anything else!” – Jyoti Patel
- “And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn’t cry. For it would be the dying face of an unknown, a street face, a newspaper image, and it was suddenly so very wrong that he had begun to cry, not at death but at the thought of not crying at death, a silly empty man near a silly empty woman.” – Ray Bradbury
- “I lay crying and began to feel again, to acknowledge that I was human, fragile, and sensitive. I began to recall how things had been in the past; how there had been that seed of joyful creativity. Character determines fate, and darn, I’d best work on mine. I’d been retreating into numbness because it’s so much safer not to feel, not to let the world touch you.”
- “I lay and cried, and began to feel again, to admit I was human, vulnerable, sensitive. I began to remember how it had been before; how there was that germ of positive creativeness. Character is fate; and damn, I’d better work on my character. I had been withdrawing into a retreat of numbness: it is so much safer to NOT feel, NOT to let the world touch one.” – Sylvia Plath
- “I wish I could explain it so someone could understand it. I’m afraid it’s something I can’t put into words. There’s just this heavy, overwhelming despair – dreading everything. Dreading life. Empty inside, to the point of numbness. It’s like there’s something already dead inside. My whole being has been pulling back into that void for months.” – Kay Redfield Jamison
- “I hardened under the last loss. It took something human out of me. I used to be so deeply emotional I’d crumble on demand but now the water has made its exist, of course I care about the ones around me. I’m just struggling to show it, a wall is getting in the way. I used to dream of being so strong nothing could shake me. Now, I am so strong that nothing shakes me, and all I dream is to soften.” – Rupi Kaur
- “That numb feeling you get after a huge fight… You are not angry or sad… you just feel empty inside…. You are tired of the yelling and the screaming to make a point…. You are completely exhausted by your own bad temper…. No matter what you do the other person will make you feel guilty and act like a victim… So you just sit there feeling nothing…. waiting for the time to make you feel normal again….” – Jeba Jane Sharan
- “My main goal is to stay alive. To keep fooling myself into hanging around. To keep getting up every day. Right now I live without inspiration. I go day to day and do the work because it’s all I know. I know that if I keep moving I stand a chance. I must keep myself going until I find a reason to live. I need one so bad. On the other hand maybe I don’t. Maybe it’s all bullshit. Nothing I knew from my old life can help me here. Most of the things that I believed turned out to be useless. Appendages from someone else’s life.” – Henry Rollins
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