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80+ AMAZING Sunset Quotes for Inspiration & Instagram

I’ve never been a morning person, so it’s only natural that I prefer a good sunset to a sunrise. They’re a great way to end a day (whether it’s been good or bad!) and can be a wonderful reminder that even the worst days can end in a beautiful way. Whether completely alone or surrounded by friends, some of the most magical moments happen as the sun dips below the horizon (and especially when you have a cold drink in hand!)

Although the sun setting is an astrological certainty as a result of the earth’s rotation of its axis – and it happens each night no matter where you are in the world, it often takes traveling to far-off destinations to actually appreciate them. It’s these overwater sunsets, poolside sunsets, mountain top sunsets, desert sunsets, city skyline sunsets (and so many more!) that are the inspiration for some of the best sunset quotes on the planet.

We’ve pulled the very best of them into this post, created some wall art-worthy graphics for your Pinterest boards and separated them into sections to help you quickly find the most amazing sunset quote for your current situation. From sunset captions to short sunset quotes for Instagram, inspirational sunset quotes, romantic sunset quotes, funny sunset quotes and even sunset quotes from songs to help you put together the perfect travel soundtrack for those sundowner drinks (and the afterparty!)

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The Very Best Sunset Quotes & Sunset Captions

1: “Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.” – Ryu Murukami

2: “The more clouds you have in your sky, the more colorful sunset it will be.” – Sajal Sazzad
(Such a simple sunset caption)

The more clouds you have in your sky, the more colorful sunset it will be - sunset quote

3: “Sunrise is the start of something beautiful: the day. Sunset is the start of something beautiful: the night.” – Juansen Dizon

4: “Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It’s the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist.” – Mia Kirshner
(This is one of my favorite quotes for sunset – I’m sure you’ve seen a sunset just like this too!)

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5.” There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton
(This is a caption for sunset is one of the life lessons we can all follow!)

6: “Sunset is so marvelous that even the sun itself watches it every day in the reflections of the infinite oceans!” – Mehemet Murat Ildan

7: “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

8: “The strange thing about the sunset is that we actually don’t want the sun to set, we want it to stay right on the horizon, not below it, not above it, just right on it.” – Mehemet Murat Ildan

9: “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” – Carl Rogers

10: “Sunset is the most spiritual moment where human race meets the extraordinary spirit of the universe!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

11: A sunrise or sunset can be ablaze with brilliance and arouse all the passion, all the yearning, in the soul of the beholder” – Mary Balogh

12: “Sunset is always wiser than sunrise because sunset has added the experience of an entire day to his soul!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Sunset is always wiser than sunrise because sunset has added the experience of an entire day to his soul! - sunset quote text overlay above a row of trees at sunset

13. “I learn from the past, dream about the future and look up. There’s nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day.” – Rachel Boston

Inspirational Sunset Quotes

14: “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

15: “Red sky at night, shepherds delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning” – Unknown
(but the rhyme has been a rule of thumb used for weather forecasting during the past two millennia(!)

15: “Don’t forget, beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.” – Paulo Coelho

Don’t forget, beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies - Paulo Coelho quote

16. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky” – Rabindranath Tagore 

17: “Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.” – Kristen Butler
(This is one of the lovely sky captions for Instagram when you’ve had a bad day/week/month!)

18: “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” – Elbert Hubbard

19: “With every sunset a new hope is born, and an old expectation dies.” – Noor Unnahar

20: “When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset.” – Christy Ann Martine

21: “Every sunset is also a sunrise; it all depends on where you stand.” – Karl Schmidt

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22: “Admire the efforts of a failure like you admire the beauty of a sunset.” – Amit Kalantri
(A very philosophical caption about sunset)

23: “From the eyes of the ice, sunset is a big event, it is a great opportunity to live longer!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

24: “Because the sunset, like survival, exists only on the verge of its own disappearing. To be gorgeous, you must first be seen, but to be seen allows you to be hunted.” – Ocean Vuong


Short Sunset Quotes & Short Sunset Captions

25: “A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.” – Crystal Woods
(Such a beautiful way to describe an evening sky!)

A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night." - Crystal Woods text overlay above a lake with a small island in the middle under an orange sunset sky

26: “It’s impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” – Bern Williams

27: “Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” – Mattie Stepanek 
(This is my favorite quote about sunsets!)

28: “Watching sunset makes you feel stronger.” – Anamika Mishra

29: “Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.” – Richie Norton

30. “Our planet is an amazing place. Especially at dusk” – Unknown

31: “A sunset paints the sky as if there were no tomorrow.” – Anthony T. Hincks

32: “When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” – George R.R. Martin

33: “Never go too long without watching a sunset.” – Atticus

34: “See the beauty of sunset to enjoy the passion of life.” – Debasish Mridha

35: “Sunset is the opening music of the night.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
(one of the great sundowner party quotes)

36: “I never met a sunset I didn’t like.” – Unknown
(this one is a perfect Instagram caption – I’m sure you’ve seen it before!)

I never met a sunset I didn't like (text overlay) above a man sitting in a hammock in the ocean watching the sunset in the distance

Romantic Sunset Quotes

37: “I don’t know how long we stay that way, but we watch the sun go down together. The giant, burnt-orange sphere sinks towards the horizon, coloring the rock layers until it’s gone and the canyon is covered in shadow.” – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

38: “Her heart was made of liquid sunsets.” – Virginia Woolf

39: “The sky has changed from orange to hundred shades of pink to a dark navy blue, and here I am still loving you.” – A.Y.
(One of many cute sun setting captions)

40: “Meet me where the sky touches the sea.” – Jennifer Donnelly
(This is such a great sunset beach caption! Perfect for the setting sun over the water)

41: The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color – oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples.” – Anna Godbersen

42: “Whenever you want to see me, always look at the sunset; I will be there.” – Grace Ogot 

43. “I just need you and some sunsets.” – Atticus

I just need you and some sunsets - Atticus (text over) above a couple holding hands in front of a sunset

44: “Sunsets are not a rare commodity they come and go every night, so I compare you not to a sunset for you come once in a life.” – Daniel Cook

45: “The most beautiful sunset is when you have it with your beloved one and the most beautiful sunrise is quite the same.” – Galina Nelson

46: “In ten minutes things could look so differently, like the color of a sunset and the world after meeting you.” – Jenn Satsune


Sunset Quotes for Instagram

47: “Mother nature doesn’t need a filter” – Unknown

48: “Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us!” – Mehemet Murat Ildan

49: Age is irrelevant. Ask me how many sunsets I’ve seen, hearts I’ve loved, trips I’ve taken, or concerts I’ve been too. That’s how old I am.” – Joelle
(This quote is perfect for those magical beach sunsets with a beer!)

50: “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

51: “May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace.” – Umair Siddiqui

3 sheaths of tall grass blowing in the wind with a blue and pink sunset behind them with text overlay stating: "May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace." - Umair Siddiqui

52: “My joy is the golden sunset giving thanks for another day.” – Jonathan Lockwood

53: “Sunsets are my escape into the reality I want to continuously live.” – Rachel Roy

54: “The beautiful affair of sun, sky and the sea brings a perfect moment of love, peace and joy.” – Umair Siddiqui
(one of the beautiful nature quotes which could be about sunrise and sunsets)

55: “The sky speaks in a thousand colors.” – S.R. Abbasi

56: “That was her magic – she could still see the sunset, even on those darkest days.” Atticu


Funny Sunset Quotes, Sunset Puns & Sunset Sayings

These short quotes about sunset and sunrise captions are the perfect Instagram captions for sunsets when you want something a little lighthearted and funny for your sunset pics!

57. “Sunset State of Mind”

58. “Blondes have more sun”

59. “I couldn’t see the sunset because there was dusk in my eyes”

60. “Ain’t no sunsets when she’s gone”

61. “After the sunset I stayed up all night to think, and then it dawned on me”
(One of my favorite pun-ny sunset quotes!)

62. “Suns down, puns down”

63. “Sunsets and chill”
(This is one of my favorite funny sunset captions!)

Sunset & Chill (text overlay) of a red kayak on the water with a paddle lying across the kayak

64. “It’s all sun and games until somebody gets hurt”

65. “When the sky turns pink, it’s time for a drink!”
(I’m pretty sure this one is the perfect caption for an Instagram sunset shot – you know the one where you hold a glass of wine or a cocktail up to the horizon?!)

66. “I was confused so I went to watch the sunset and think. It didn’t help though, it just left me in the dark.”

67. “That crazy little sun of a beach”
(One of the cutest beach quotes for a sunset photo!)

Sunset Quotes from Songs

68. “There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little – the book of Nature.” – Claude Debussy
(I thought I would start off this section the perfect quote that combines music and sunsets)

69. “As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise” – Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks

70. “Sunrise, sunburn, sunset, repeat
Moonlight, all night, crashin’ into me
Nothin’ will ever be easy as you and me
Tangled up with nowhere to be
Just sunrise, sunburn, sunset, repeat” – Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset by Luke Bryan

71. “And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you
And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you” – Shadows of the Day, Linkin Park

72. “I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to Tiny Dancer
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
When we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill” – Castle on the Hill, Ed Sheeran

73. “Don’t let the sun go down on me (Don’t let the sun)
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free (Don’t let the sun)
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me” – Don’t Le the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John

74. “It’s like the sun set in your eyes, I never want it to rise” – Sunset, The XX

75. “Sunsets over the beaches from now on
Each day looking for new ways to go on, alright
Maybe I should drop by, maybe I should have called
Maybe I should have followed you and beat down your door” – Sunsets, Powderfinger

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76. “I waited ’til I saw the sun
I don’t know why I didn’t come
I left you by the house of fun
Don’t know why I didn’t come” – Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones

77. “All I ever wanted was to dream another sunset with you.” – Jamie All Over by Mayday Parade

A couple with a dog on a lead walking across a bridge towards the sunset with text overlay stating: "All I ever wanted was to dream another sunset with you."

78. “And I’ll be honest
I’m not used to going out before the sun goes down
But now the haze is gone, I’m in a better place” – Lula on the Beach by Seaway

79. “Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me” – Red Sails in the Sunset by Nat King Cole

80. “Come with me underneath the sunset, where we can fly away
And watch everything gets smaller from up there in our space
Come with me underneath the sunset, where there’s only room for two
‘Cause everyday I’m falling, falling more in love with you” – Sunset by Grayson Gibson


And that’s a wrap, folks! We hope among these quotes on sunset you have found some beautiful sunset quotes to inspire your sunset caption for Instagram post with!
Do you have a favorite caption about sunset or sky quotes? Let us know in the comments below!

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