If you’re anything like us, coming up with a new Instagram caption each day is always a challenge! And as you’ve landed here, you’re likely in search of some perfect sunset captions for Instagram… Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
As photographers, sunset is our favorite time of day. We are constantly chasing that moment of golden light! There is something invigorating about watching the sky catch fire, then slowly move through its phases of orange to red to pink to purple.
A lot of our favorite and best-performing photos on Instagram feature sunsets. To make them truly stand out, however, it helps to have great sunset captions to match them!
And we know we’re not alone… over 257 million posts have been tagged on Instagram using the #sunset hashtag!
We’ve scoured the internet, books, and our brains for the best sunset quotes. We’ve even included a whole section (as well as a few scattered ones throughout) of entirely original sunset quotes by yours truly!
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Clapton, Travel Photographer and Sunset Chaser.
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🌅 Original Sunset Quotes for Instagram by We Dream of Travel
Here are some sunset quotes for Instagram that you won’t find anywhere else on the internet.
How do we know? Because we wrote them!
We’ve put our heads together to try and come up with some unique, original sunset captions. Taken from our journals, thought of for just this purpose, or from a conversation we’ve had, these are all original sunset quotes from We Dream of Travel.
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- “Sunset has a way of stopping everything else for one fleeting moment.” – We Dream of Travel
- “You may meditate more than you know. That moment where your mind stopped and you just watched the sunset… that is meditation.” – We Dream of Travel
- “ I like to imagine that flash of the setting sun as it hits the horizon is the spark that lights the stars.” – We Dream of Travel
- “At some point, I stopped seeing sunset as the end of the day but, instead, the beginning of the night!” – We Dream of Travel
- “In the light of sunset, I suddenly felt infinite. My shadow stretched to eternity, and I with it.” – We Dream of Travel
- “How gracious is nature to begin every day with a reminder of its beauty and conclude it with equal glory.” – We Dream of Travel
- “Isn’t it amazing; we can stand in two different places and watch the same sunset look so completely different.” – We Dream of Travel
- “Sunset is your gold star for making it through another day.” – We Dream of Travel
- “A sunset is as beautiful literally as it is metaphorically.” – We Dream of Travel
- “A moment is a unit of time better measured in sunsets than seconds.” – We Dream of Travel
- “Suddenly I was hungry, and tired, and sore. And then I realized how truly entranced I had been in the spell of the sunset.” – We Dream of Travel
- “I could see the sun moving, but not its motion… and then I realized the same could be said for life.” – We Dream of Travel
- “In 6 months on the road I had never missed a sunset, and my heart ached as I realized I would never be this free again.” – We Dream of Travel
🌤 Simple Sunset Captions for Instagram
If you’re just looking for a quick Instagram caption for sunset photos, this is the section for you. These simple sunset quotes make for a super easy Insta caption so you can get that post up immediately.
- “My favorite color is sunset.” – Mattie Steepness
- “Sunset is the opening music of the night.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
- “Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.” – Richie Norton
- “Sunset state of mind.”
- “The sunsets you see will always be better than the ones you don’t.” – Karen Joy Fowler
- “Sunsets are loved because they vanish.” – Ray Bradbury
- “I was born to explore, have adventures, and watch sunsets.”
- “Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too.” – Beau Taplin
- “Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.”
- “Cherish every sunset”
- “Every time I see a sunset my heart skips a beat.”
- “Watch more sunsets than Netflix.”
- “I am very fond of sunsets. Come, let us go look at a sunset.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- “I can look at a sunset now without having to think how to describe it.” – W. Somerset Maugham
- “Sunset exists somewhere between heaven and earth.” – We Dream of Travel
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🏖 Short Sunset Captions
Short and sweet sunset captions – because sometimes less is more. These short sunset quotes are perfect to start your Instagram caption with, engaging your audience before including more information about the image or yourself. Or just keep it simple and make it your whole caption.
- “Live colorfully.”
- “Food, friends, sunsets.”
- “Fifty shades of pink.”
- “Collect moments, not things.”
- “Sunset is my religion.” – We Dream of Travel
- “A promise of a new tomorrow.”
- “Softly the evening came with the sunset.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- “Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” – Roman Payne
- “I never met a sunset I didn’t like.”
- “Many things in life can wait, but the sunset won’t.”
- “I dream in the colours of the sunset.”
- “Sunset is my favourite colour.”
- “The sun has gone to bed and so must I.” – The Sound of Music
- “Never go too long without watching a sunset” – Atticus
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🌄 Long Sunset Quotes Instagram
If you’re looking for a more substantial sunset quote for Instagram, then these ones are for you!
- “I realized as I watched the sunset from my home that while I’d lived here all my life, I’d never been “here” before and could never be again.” – We Dream of Travel
- “Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature.” – Louis Orr
- “It was sunset that taught me that beauty sometimes lasts but a moment, and it was sunrise that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again.” – AJ Lawless
- “Once I saw a chimpanzee gaze at a particularly beautiful sunset for a full 15 minutes, watching the changing colors [and then] retire to the forest without picking a pawpaw for supper.” – Adriaan Kortlandt
- “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
- “You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.” – Jamie Tworkowski
- “As far as sunsets go, I think they are one of the most beautiful natural phenomena that absolutely everyone can enjoy. You have to travel far and wide to see a lot of the world’s wonders, but sunsets can be appreciated in every corner of the earth.” – Kimmie Conner
- “Every moment of life is unique… a kiss, a sunset, a dance, a joke. None will ever recur in quite the same way. Each happens only once in the history of the universe.” – Stephen Nachmanovitch
🌞 Funny Sunset Captions
Life is often too serious and social media can be a fun escape from it. So keep things light with these playful and funny sunset captions.
- “If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream.” – Jarod Kintz
- “Today I saw a red and yellow sunset and thought, how insignificant I am! Of course, I thought that yesterday too, and it rained.” – Woody Allen
- “Never trust a person who doesn’t like dogs or sunsets.” – We Dream of Travel
- “I thought that watching a sunset would help, but it left me more in the dark.”
- “Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” – C. Joybell
- “The sunset doesn’t care if we watch it or not, it will keep on being beautiful even if no one bothers to look at it.” – Gene Amole
- “Not everyone has to ride off into the sunset with a man. Some of us just want a tan.” – Mandy Hale
- “When the sky turns pink, it’s time for a drink.”
- “Sunset is about the only thing I can afford to watch right now.”
- “The only sunsets I don’t like are the ones I miss.”
- “Golden hour is my happy hour.”
- “I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.”
- “After every sunset comes a new sunrise… followed by a breakfast.”
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☀️ Instagram Captions About Sunsets and Happiness
It’s hard to watch a beautiful sunset and feel sad. Watching the sky come aglow can have an almost therapeutic effect. These sunset quotes reflect the joy and peace that a sunset can bring.
- “Turn your face to the sun and all the shadows will fall behind you.”
- “Happiness – available from a sunset near you.”
- “The joy of sunset is that it is somehow rare, unique, and promised all at once.” – We Dream of Travel
- “Life does not come with instructions on how to live, but it does come with trees, sunsets, smiles and laughter, so enjoy your day.” – Debbie Shapiro
- “If you can look at the sunset and smile, then you still have hope.”
- “My joy is the golden sunset giving thanks for another day. Gratitude itself is a source of joy.”
- “Are you dreaming? Stop dreaming; come and watch the sunset, it is better than all the dreams!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
- “The sun rises, the sun falls, the wind blows and the birds sing no matter where you are. These are experiences that unite us all… something we can all enjoy together.” – Melanie Charlene
💛 Romantic Sunset Quotes
There’s something incredibly romantic about watching the sunset with a loved one. These romantic sunset captions help capture the essence of that feeling.
- “I live for sunsets with you.”
- “A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”
- “Some days, a beautiful sunset with your best friend can be one of the most peaceful and relaxing mediations of the day.” – Charles Schulz
- “In ten minutes things could look so different, like the color of a sunset and the world after meeting you.”
- “Kiss me in the same way the red sun kisses the sky.”
- “Someday you will find the one who will watch every sunrise with you until the sunset of your life.”
- “Sunset is nature’s goodnight kiss.” – paraphrased from Sharon Rene
- “All that beauty, but I can’t stop looking at you.“
- “I want to spend the rest of my sunsets with you.”
- “Her heart was made of liquid sunsets.” – Virginia Woolf
- “The sky has changed from orange to a hundred shades of pink to a dark navy blue, and here I am still loving you.”
- “You add colors to my sunset sky.”
- “I live for these golden evenings with you.“
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🌇 Quotes About Sunset and Love
- “All you need is love and sunsets.”
- “Love is patient, sunset is not.” – We Dream of Travel
- “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
- “Sunsets and soulmates.“
- “She was in love with the sunset. No one else ever even stood a chance.”
- “Enjoy the beauty of a sunset and enjoy nature’s farewell kiss for the night.” – Sharon Rene
- “Live by the sun. Love by the moon.“
- “She warned me she was damaged. But as she admired the sunset, its light revealed a heart that had been scarred – not broken.” – We Dream of Travel
- “The most beautiful sunsets are the ones we share.”
- “Here’s to a lifetime of golden sunsets spent together.”
- “Don’t waste sunrises on people who will be gone by sunset.”
- “In this moment the sun wasn’t shining on us. It was shining in us.“
⛅️ Inspirational Sunset Quotes and Sayings
These uplifting and inspirational sunset quotes are guaranteed to help inspire your Instagram audience to get out and watch that next sunset!
- “Beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.” – Paulo Coelho
- “Every sunset is a chance to remember how beautiful the natural world truly is.” – We Dream of Travel
- “When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset.” — Christy Ann Martine
- “Clouds come floating into my life from other days no longer to shed rain or usher storm but to give colour to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore
- “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Always planning for the future is like witnessing the beauty of sunset while thinking only of tomorrow’s sunrise.” – We Dream of Travel
- “My joy is the golden sunset giving thanks for another day. Gratitude itself is a source of joy.”
- “Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” – Richard Paul Evans
- “Let the sea breeze blow your hair, let the sunset bring tranquillity to your heart, let the distant places you travel allow you to explore yourself.” – Somya Kedia
- “It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” – Bern Williams
- “A beautiful sunset is your reward for surviving another day. Enjoy as many as you can.”
- “Do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.” – Elbert Hubbard
- “Dark clouds become heaven’s flowers when kissed by light.”
- “See the beauty of sunset to enjoy the passion of life.” – Debasish Mridha
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🏝 Sunset Beach Captions
Marvelling at the sun kissing the ocean on its journey beyond the horizon is such a perfect way to end the day.
The twinkling reflection of the sun dancing in the water and the feeling of warm sand between your toes. Ahhh it’s just perfect.
Here are some sunset beach captions to help put some words to these special moments. You can find even more beach quotes here!
- “Let’s go somewhere the sun kisses the ocean.”
- “Sunset is so marvelous that even the sun itself watches it every day in the reflections of the infinite oceans!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
- “That crazy little sun of a beach.”
- “Something beautiful is on the horizon.”
- “One day, all your worries will set like the sun does and deserved happiness will come gushing like waves at the beach do. All you need to make sure is that your trips to beach never end.” – Jasleen Kaur Gumber
- “Can anything beat a sun-kissed ocean?“
- “Sunset, palm trees and ocean breeze.”
- “Tropical state of mind.”
- “The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” – Pamela Johnson
- “Meet me where the sun touches the sea.” – Jennifer Donnelly
- “I long for endless horizons.”
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🌇 Best Captions for Sunset and Sunrise
While we absolutely adore sunsets, sunrise is perhaps even more magical.
Watching the world around you awaken as the sun peeks over the horizon and the sky comes ablaze with colour is always an unforgettable experience.
- “Every sunrise holds more promise, and every sunset holds more peace.”
- “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn.” – Maya Angelou
- “Sunset is always wiser than sunrise because sunset has added the experience of an entire day to his soul.” – Mehmet Murat ildan
- “I prefer sunset to sunrise… mostly because sunsets don’t make me set an alarm!” – We Dream of Travel
- “There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it… Put yourself in the way of beauty.” – Cheryl Strayed
- “I like that time is marked by each sunrise and sunset whether or not you actually see it.” – Catherine Opie
- “The darkness that follows a sunset is never so dark that it can change the inevitability of a sunrise.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
- “Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. How does that make you feel? Does it make you feel big or tiny? Because there’s something good about feeling both.” – Amy Grant
- “We wouldn’t like it if the sunrise came right after the sunset. Love grows with longing; the longer the night, the greater our love for the sunrise.” – Mehmet Murat ildan
- “I love that this morning’s sunrise is not defined by last night’s sunset.” – Steve Maraboli
- “Every sunset is also a sunrise; it just depends on where you’re standing.” – Karl Schmidtt
- “Life is all about enjoying every sunset and looking forward to the next sunrise.” – Sandeep Shergill
- “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
- “Allow failure to teach you a valuable lesson: Each sunset is the beginning of a very, very beautiful sunrise.” – Sri Chinmoy
- “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton
- “I love sunrises and sunsets. But what I really love is the space that I have in-between them to do something incredible.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
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🌅 Sunset Quotes for Instagram
Here are some sunset quotes from various well-known figures to help inspire your Instagram feed.
- “Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” – Mattie Stepanek
- “Sunsets are my escape into the reality I want to continuously live.” – Rachel Roy
- “Nature paints not; In oils, but frescoes the great dome of heaven; With sunsets, and the lovely forms of clouds; And flying vapors.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- “From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them.” – Aldo Leopold
- “There are too many things I haven’t done yet. There are too many sunsets I haven’t seen.” – Sara Bareilles
- “When I consider how, after sunset, the stars come out gradually in troops from behind the hills and woods, I confess that I could not have contrived a more curious and inspiring sight.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “As the saturating colors of sun-life fade from sight, the ominous moon reaches out its long arm and applies the dark dyes of night.” – Daniel J Rice
- “Every moment of life is unique – a kiss, a sunset, a dance, a joke. None will ever recur in quite the same way. Each happens only once in the history of the universe.” – Stephen Nachmanovitch
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☀️ Instagram Captions About Sunset and Photography
Sunsets are one of our favourite things to photograph. We’re perpetually chasing that golden light hoping to capture that magical moment that the sky catches fire. Therefore, it felt only right to include some captions about photography.
- “They told me, ‘a picture says a thousand words’, to which sunset replied, “good luck!” – We Dream of Travel
- “I photograph sunsets with the same respect as taking a picture at a concert; not to capture its essence, but to remember the experience.” – We Dream of Travel
- “You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.” – Galen Rowell
- “Mother Nature doesn’t need a filter.”
- “It was sunset’s indescribable magic that ignited my interest in photography. What a shame, it seemed, to witness such a miracle and not be able to record some piece of it for later days.” – We Dream of Travel
- “Every photographer knows the bittersweet pain of witnessing an amazing sunset when they are in no position to capture it.” – We Dream of Travel
🤫 Final thoughts on the best sunset captions for Instagram
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We hope you’ve found some inspiration from this list of sunset captions for Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram if you use any of them – we love seeing your photos and sharing them!
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