Sunset quotes & sunset captions – 200+ quotes to end the day

The sun is dipping behind the hills, the horizon is starting to warm up and oranges, pinks and purples streak across the sky. It’s sunset; the most beautiful time of the day, and you want to capture this in the perfect caption. So, where do you start? As Instagram addicts ourselves, we know that looking at that blank post or card can be intimidating! So we’ve put together a list of our favourite sunset captions, sunset poems, and sunset quotes.

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Best Sunset Quotes

Our favourite sunset quotes? There are so many to choose from! But, here are 15 of our favourites for you to pick from:

  • A day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. Nicholas Sparks
  • 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
  • Every sunset is a journey, a journey to remember the memories of the past! Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • Every sunset is also a sunrise; it all depends on where you stand. Karl Schmidt
  • I can count on my fingers the number of sunsets I have left, and I don’t want to miss any of them. Suzanne Collins
  • May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace. Umair Siddiqui
  • My soul is an empty carousel at sunset. Pablo Neruda
  • Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under! C. JoyBell C.
  • Sunsets we always liked because they only happen once and go away. Ray Bradbury
  • Thank you is what each and everyone of us should say when we see either a sunrise or sunset. And when we do that, maybe, just maybe the world will start to become a better place. Anthony T. Hincks
  • The tired sunsets and the tired people – it takes a lifetime to die and no time at all. Charles Bukowski
  • There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it. Cheryl Strayed
  • Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. Elvis Presley
  • When the sun is setting, leave whatever you are doing and watch it. Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • You want proof there’s a God? Look outside, watch a sunset. Frank E. Peretti

Short Sunset Captions

Just looking for something short, sharp and sweet about your sunset photo? Here are a few options for short sunset captions:

Sunset is the opening music of the night. Mehmet Murat Ildan

There is nothing more musical than a sunset. Claude Debussy

I just need you and some sunsets. Atticus

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second. Mattie Stepanek

I live for sunsets with you. Unknown

When someone asks me what my favorite colors is, I should just say, ‘sunset.’ Unknown

Even the sun sets in paradise. Unknown

Sunsets are like God’s paintings in the sky. Unknown

When the skies turn pink it’s time for a drink. Unknown

Love like a sunset. Unknown

Her heart was made of liquid sunsets. Virginia Woolf

It’s almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. Bern Williams

Never go too long without watching a sunset. Atticus

She was in love with the sunset. No one else ever even stood a chance. Unknown

Mother Nature doesn’t need a filter. Unknown

Every sunset is an opportunity to restart your life. Unknown

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

Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. Richie Norton

I never met a sunset I didn’t like. Unknown

A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night. Crystal Woods

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Another day another dollar. Unknown

Born to chase sunsets. Unknown

City lights got nothin’ on country nights. Unknown

Forever chasing the sun. Unknown

When the sun has set, no candle can replace it. George R.R. Martin

I find my happiness where the sun shines. Unknown

Sunsets are one thing in life that won’t wait. Unknown

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. Unknown

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Funny Sunset Captions

Usually a sunset doesn’t inspire humour but, if you’re looking for a sunset Instagram caption that tickles the funny bone, here are a few options for funny sunset puns and captions:

When the sky turns pink, it’s time for a drink! Unknown

You don’t need a beautiful sunset to be inspired, just Photoshop. Unknown

Watch more sunsets than Netflix. Unknown

A sunset is life’s way of sayingGood job, you survived today. Here’s something pretty! Unknown

If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream. Jarod Kintz

I stayed up all night wondering where the sun went. Then it dawned on me. Unknown

I thought that watching a sunset would help, but it left me more in the dark. Unknown

That crazy little sun of a beach. Unknown

I thought watching a sunset would help but it left me more in the dark. Unknown

A promise of a new tomorrow.

After every sunset comes a new sunrise… followed by a breakfast.

Beyond the sundown is tomorrow’s wisdom, today is going to be long, long ago. Thomas Hornsby Ferril

Live by the sun. Love by the moon.

O, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth. Roman Payne

Ride off into your sunset.

Shoutout to mother nature

The sun loved the moon so much that he died every night just to let her breathe. Jeffrey Fry

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Inspiring Sunset Quotes

Wanting to be a little inspirational, motivational or just write longer sunset Instagram captions? Here’s a list of our favourite inspirational quotes, including some romantic sunset quotes:

It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. — Bern Williams

The sky has changed from orange to a hundred shades of pink to a dark navy blue, and here I am still loving you. A.Y.

That was her magic — she could still see the sunset, even on those darkest days. — Atticus

Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing. Dr. Seuss

Meet me where the sky touches the sea. Jennifer Donnelly

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 Murakami

All my life, I have been in love with the sky. Even when everything was falling apart around me, the sky was always there for me. Yoko Ono

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. Joëlle

If you are in a beautiful place where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset, then you are living like a lord. Nathan Phillips

It was sunsets that taught me that beauty sometimes only lasts for a couple of moments, and it was sunrises that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again. A.J. Lawless 

I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of the ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain, and starry nights. Brooke Hampton

Sunset is so marvelous that even the sun itself watches it every day in the reflections of the infinite oceans! Mehmet Murat Ildan

Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting. Richard Paul Evans

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

Appreciate small moments of happiness, for they are so important. Unknown

Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful too. Beau Taplin

There’s nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day. Rachel Boston

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

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

Enjoy the beauty of a sunset, nature’s farewell kiss for the night. Sharon Rene

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 to your goal. Elbert Hubbard.

Beautiful Sunset Quotes

We love a bit of poetry, and quotes that evoke beauty and something deep within. Here are the best quotes for sunsets that will inspire beauty:

Friendships will never be darkened by the setting sun. Anthony T. Hincks

I know I should crumble for better reasons but have you seen that boy he brings the sun to its knees every night. Rupi Kaur

I thought that a man can be an enemy of other men, of the moments of other men, but not of a country: not of fireflies, words, gardens, streams of water, sunsets. Jorge Luis Borges

I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content. Ursula K. Le Guin

Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us! Mehmet Murat ildan

Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful too. Beau Taplin

The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. Pamela Hansford Johnson

There is no way in which a man can earn a star or deserve a sunset. G.K. Chesterton

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. Jo Walton

To me, everything is beautiful. Show me a pink sunset, and I’m limp, by God. J.D. Salinger

We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Kahlil Gibran

Quotes about sunset colours

Oranges, pinks, purples – the colours of a sunset have inspired many a poem and, a quote! Here’s our list of colour-coordinated captions and sunset sky quotes:

A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night. Crystal Woods

Autumn is a sunset around every corner. Unknown

Born to chase oranges, yellows, and blues. Unknown

Cloudy days make gorgeous reds. Unknown

I find it incredibly amazing how at every sunset, the sky is a different shade. No cloud is ever in the same place. Each day is a new masterpiece. A new wonder. A new memory. Sanober Khan

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. G.K. Chesterton

Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow. Kahlil Gibran

Meanwhile the sunsets are mad orange fools raging in the gloom. Jack Kerouac

My favorite color is sunset. Unknown

Now that’s some orange you could ride a horse into. Unknown

Paint a picture of the sunset that no one will ever forget. Debasish Mridha

Sunsets are just little glimpses of the golden streets of heaven. Unknown

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

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again. Ram Charan

The sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Vera Nazarian

Today, we love cotton candy sunsets. Unknown

Sunset Quotes about Love

The sun setting for the day is often shared with the people you love. Want to convey that in a short quote or an Instagram caption? Here’s a short list of sunset love quotes for her (and for him!):

As angry as the sky looks, it’s still full of the colors of love. Anthony T. Hincks

Don’t waste sunrises on people who will be gone by sunset. Unknown

I am the sunrise of sunsets, and I make love like noon at midnight. Jarod Kintz

I want to see how sunset decorates your hair. Tyler Knott Gregson

In silence the three of them looked at the sunset and thought about God. Maud Hart Lovelace

Not everyone has to ride off into the sunset with a man. Some of us just want a tan. Mandy Hale

Sunsets are loved because they vanish. Ray Bradbury

The most beautiful sunsets are the ones we share. Unknown

The world is a dream, you say, and it’s lovely, sometimes. Sunset. Clouds. Sky. Richard Bach

You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Related: The best captions for girls

Nature Sunset Quotes

Sunsets are a natural phenomenon, and usually juxtaposed against beautiful natural landscapes – mountains, the sea and the skies. Try out one of these great travel and cloudy sunset quotes inspired by nature.

A real sunset is an explosion behind a mountain silhouette. Unknown

I climb mountains so I can see where the sun sleeps. Unknown

My purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the Western stars until I die. Alfred Tennyson

Sunsets and mountain breeze. Unknown

The horizon changes but the sun does not. Joyce Rachelle

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.  William Faulkner

The sun ignites the clouds below it as if they, and the water, itself, were on fire. Anthony T. Hincks

To view a sunset from above the trees is to find heaven. Unknown

We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea. Desmond Tutu

Related: The best nature hashtags for Instagram

Sunset Quotes to signal the night

Sunsets signal the end of the day, and usher in the night. Employ some of these great dusk quotes and sunset captions for Instagram from the list below.

3…2…1…sunset!

And…goodnight.

Mother Nature says goodnight.

Sunrise is the start of something beautiful: the day. Sunset is the start of something beautiful: the night. Juansen Dizon

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully. Kristen Butler

The evening always delivers.

The sun has gone to bed and so must I. The Sound of Music

The sun is saying goodnight.

The whisper of the dusk is night shedding its husk. Dean Koontz

Sunset beach quotes

Margarita in hand, sand in between your toes and the sun setting ahead? Perfect! We love some of these quick, snappy captions and quotes about sunsets on the beach.

Foam is white and waves are grey; Beyond the sunset leads my way. J.R.R. Tolkien

Home is where the ocean is.

I long for endless horizons.

Let’s go somewhere the sun kisses the ocean. Unknown

Meet me where the sky touches the sea. Jennifer Donnelly

My favorite painting is a sunset over a beach.

Sea seeker!

Sun, sea, the sand, and me!

Sun-kissed sun of a beach!

Sunsets and palm trees.

Time spent at the beach is never wasted.

Sunset Song Lyrics

How about using some sunset sayings from popular songs? Here are a few of our best, curated for you:

 Lula on the Beach by Seaway

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

Jamie All Over by Mayday Parade

And please don’t tell me that I’m dreaming
When all I ever wanted was to dream another sunset with you
If I roll over when it’s over

Many The Miles by Sara Bareilles

There’s too many things that I haven’t done yet
There’s too many sunsets I haven’t seen
You can’t waste the day wishing it’d slow down
You would’ve thought by now
I’d have learned something

Love Like a Sunset, Pt. 2 by Phoenix

It comes
A visible horizon
Right where it starts it ends
Oh, and then we start the end

It comes
A visible illusion
Oh, where it starts and ends
Love like a sunset 

African Sunset by Tommy Page

Every time I see the sun go down
It turns my aching heart around
And when I see the setting sun
I think about the endless fun
With sunset, sunset

Into the Sunset by Bonnie Tyler

There’s too many things that I haven’t done yet
There’s too many sunsets I haven’t seen
You can’t waste the day wishing it’d slow down
You would’ve thought by now
I’d have learned something

Shadow of the Day by Linkin Park

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

Sunset by Roy Orbison

At sunset I’m gonna see my sweetheart
Gonna hold her so tight
At sunset I’m gonna see my baby
My baby tonight

Must do something about it by Paul McCartney

I’ve just seen another sunset on my own.
All day long I’ve been alone,
and I must do something about it,
yes I must do something about it.

Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks

As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine

Red Sails in the Sunset by Nat King Cole

Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me

Remember: you can also promote your feed post by using the same song in an Instagram story. We also love using sunset songs in our stories: our favourite is Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit!

Clever Sunset Captions for Instagram

Instagram captions are usually quite short and sweet, and lend themselves to a snappy delivery. Read on for some brief captions about sunsets to use in your next post, or even check out the best sunset hashtags to use with your post.

A sunset should never go unnoticed.

And the whole wide world is whistling.

Breathe in the sunset.

Here comes the summer night.

I’d like to just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around.

If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks.

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…

Many things in life can wait, but the sunset won’t; watch one tonight.

Somewhere between earth and heaven.

Sunset state of mind.

Sunsets are cliché for a reason.

To the nights we dream about all winter long.

We all see the same sunset.

You are the sun to my shine.

Related: The Best Insta Captions for 2019

Simple Sunset Instagram Captions

To round out our guide to the best Sunset Quotes and Instagram Captions, we’ve got the last possible captions for you; all simple captions that you could use for Instagram, another social media platform or whatever you set your mind to. Most of these don’t have an author so can be used without credit.

A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn. Claude Debussy

A sunrise and sunset reminds us of new beginnings and the hope of a better tomorrow.

A timeless pastime.

And in this moment, the world felt still.

At the end of the world the sunset is like a child smashing a pack of crayons into God’s face.

Bring me the sunset in a cup. Emily Dickinson

Chase the sunset.

Clarity, peace, serenity.

Everything gets hotter when the sun goes down.

Food, friends, sunsets.

For a minute there, I lost myself.

Girls just wanna have sun.

I can’t give you the sunset, but I can give you the night.

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.

If the sun never set, we’d never have the gift of a new day.

Killing the sunset game.

Let’s watch the sunset.

Okay Mother Nature, you win.

Solid Sunsets.

Stay strong, after every sunrise comes a sunset.

Sunset game on point ☝️️

The only kinds of sunsets that I don’t like are the ones that I missed.

The sun is alone but it still shines.

There are a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.

There are too many things I haven’t done yet. There are too many sunsets I haven’t seen.

When you watch a sunset, you’re not in the moment; the moment is in you.

You can never watch too many sunsets

Looking for more captions? We also have a great Instagram guide of quotes, lyrics and captions for smiles, as well as selfies to check out!

Did we miss any off the list? Tell us your favourite sunrise and sunset quotes in the comments!

Increasing engagement

If your caption or quote is for Instagram, we’d also recommend asking a question at the end of your caption, to increase engagement on social media. Some ideas could be:

  • Are you a sunset or sunrise person?
  • How would you describe a sunset?
  • Which is more romantic – sunrise or sunset?
  • Where have you seen your best sunset on this earth?
  • Which friends do you want to share a sunset with?
  • Who is your favourite person to watch sunsets with?
  • Are you in a sunset state of mind?
  • What does ride off into the sunset mean for you?
  • What is the most amazing sunrise or sunset photo you have ever taken?
  • Why is the sunrise blue and the sunset red?

Or, use the opportunity in our sunset captions to flashback to your own best sunset spot, like ours in Bagan, Myanmar.

However, more than a caption, the most critical thing to drive engagement is making sure your sunset picture is incredibly compelling. Let’s be honest a picture tells 1000 words!

For us, the only way to ensure we have a stand-out, cracking sunset shots is to use Adobe Lightroom Presets. Think of these as your photo editing game-changer; taking a good picture and making it GREAT by just using a solid preset. Check out some of these sunset presets that we would highly recommend.

Remember: If there is an author, you must credit them when using these on the web! We’ve put credits below wherever possible.

Sunset Captions FAQs

What do sunsets symbolise?

Elements like the sun have been used in art and literature for centuries, and usually to represent the ‘cycle’ of nature or the passage of time. Sunrises are often associated with new beginnings while sunsets is the ‘end’ or ‘death’.

Why are sunsets so beautiful?

It’s science! Essentially since the sun is low on the horizon, sunlight passes through more air during sunset and sunrise. More air (or atmosphere) means more molecules to move the blue light away from your eyes. Hence you’ll see ‘warmer’ colours including red, orange and yellow.

What does a sunset in a dream mean?

It usually represents the ending, change or transformation. This isn’t necesssarily bad – if you are going through a tough time, it could means better times are coming. If you are happy during the sunset in your dream this usually bodes well.


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