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135 Breakup Quotes That Will Inspire You To Heal & Move On

135 Breakup Quotes That Will Inspire You To Heal & Move On

If you’re looking for a secret ingredient to help you cope with the pain of your broken heart, these inspirational breakup quotes will become your best friends!

Going through a heartbreak is one of the most painful things in the world.

You can’t just wake up in the morning and decide that today, you will stop thinking about them, about every moment spent with them, their smell, their silly habits…

You can’t just erase them from your life because they were once an important part of it. But what you can (try to) do is start the healing process, move on & let go.

The longer you dwell in the past thinking about too many what-ifs, the longer you’ll feel miserable. Instead, you need to focus on the present and being in the moment.

You need to understand that letting go of what doesn’t add value to your life anymore is the only right thing to do.

To let go means to accept what happened, acknowledge your feelings and understand that it’s not your fault.

There’s nothing you could have said or done differently that would have resulted in a different outcome.

Sometimes, breaking up is inevitable and it’s up to you to decide whether you’ll accept it as a valuable lesson, as something that will make you stronger and open new doors or as something completely negative.

In order to move forward with your life and look forward to the future, you need to first accept your past.

In order to find true happiness, you need to find the silver lining no matter how hard it seems to do so at the moment.

With that being said, here is the ultimate list of inspiring quotes on breakups (from sad quotes to funny ones) to speed up the healing process, make you laugh and help you move on!

Sad Breakup Quotes

1. “And now you’ve lost the only thing that ever made you feel alive.” – Keith Urban

2. “How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.” – W. Somerset Maugham

3. “I felt her absence. It was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth. You wouldn’t need to run to the mirror to know they were gone.” – James Dashner

4. “Time will make it worse! You’re… the other half of his soul. He’s never going to get over you. And no matter how much you hope that you will… you’ll never get over him. You’re going to wake up one day and realize what you’ve done, and you’re going to regret the time you wasted apart from him for the rest of your life.” – Jamie McGuire

5. “You fell in love with a storm. Did you really think you would get out unscathed?” – Nikita Gill

6. “… the sad part is, that I will probably end up loving you without you for much longer than I loved you when I knew you. Some people might find that strange. But the truth of it is that the amount of love you feel for someone and the impact they have on you as a person, is in no way relative to the amount of time you have known them.” – Ranata Suzuki

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7. “Her heart had grown so familiar to the pain of life without him, that to respond now seemed too large a pleasure she could not endure. If pain was love, then she loved fiercely. Yet knew she could not be near that boy again.” – Jamie Weise

8. “It is better to lock up your heart with a merciless padlock, than to fall in love with someone who doesn’t know what they mean to you.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

9. “I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.” – Haruki Murakami

10. “There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.” – Ranata Suzuki

11. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” – Jonathan Harnisch

12. “I think perhaps I will always hold a candle for you – even until it burns my hand. And when the light has long since gone… I will be there in the darkness holding what remains, quite simply because I cannot let go.” – Ranata Suzuki

After A Breakup Quotes

13. “After a breakup, the memories are fresh and the pain is still raw. But after some time, it all fades away and you start to heal.” – Unknown

14. “After a relationship ends, build a bridge, get over it, and burn that bridge so you won’t be tempted to cross it again.” – Unknown

15. “It is the hardest thing not being able to talk to someone that you used to talk to every day.” – Unknown

16. “Never cry for the person who has hurt you. Just smile and thank them for giving you a chance to find someone better who actually deserves you.” – Unknown

17. “After break up we just miss the memories but we mistakenly think we miss the mate.” – Amit Kalantri

18. “If you really love someone, set them free. If they do not come back to you, then it was not meant to be.” – Unknown

19. “One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” – Mandy Hale

20. “So you have just seen the end of your relationship and you are sitting here feeling worthless and unloved. Over time, you will meet someone who will make you feel like the treasure that you are. You may not feel that way now, but you will be surprised at what time can do. Time heals and it opens up possibilities for us that we never knew existed.” – Unknown

21. “The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.” – Alan Moore

22. “When you experience loss, people say you’ll move through the 5 stages of grief… Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll cycle through them all every day.” – Ranata Suzuki

23. “A breakup is like a broken mirror. It is better to leave than risk hurting yourself trying to pick up all of the broken pieces.” – Unknown

24. “It is sad how someone can go from being the reason you were smiling to being the reason that you cry yourself to sleep.” – Unknown

Breakup Quotes For Him

25. “I miss that feeling of connection. Knowing he was out there somewhere thinking about me at the same time I was thinking about him.” – Ranata Suzuki

26. “Then his heart, now broken into a thousand pieces, slowly began to turn to ice.” – Morgan Rhodes

27. “She laid her heart and soul right in your hands, And you stole her every dream and crushed her plans, She never even knew she had a choice, And that’s what happens when the only voice she hears is telling her she can’t, You stupid boy.” – Keith Urban

28. “When you went away you took the only piece of my heart that was left, so I had to make a brand new one.” – Lidia Longorio

29. “Though these words will never find you, I hope that you knew I was thinking of you today… and that I was wishing you every happiness. Love Always, The girl you loved once.” – Ranata Suzuki

30. “The best way to lose a woman was to show her a kind of life that one could offer her for only a few days.” – Erich Maria Remarque

31. “He was both everything I could ever want… And nothing I could ever have…” – Ranata Suzuki

32. “I wear a necklace of hope with pearly beads. When I met you, it broke, and the beads spilled all over the floor, into the gutters.” – Karen Quan

33. “I raised you so high that every other man on earth is now doomed to live in your shadow.” – Ranata Suzuki

34. “I still wake up with things to tell you.” – Trista Mateer

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Breakup Quotes For Her

35. “It took a while for her to figure out she could run but when she did she was long gone. Long gone.” – Keith Urban

36. “Doctoring her seemed to her as absurd as putting together the pieces of a broken vase. Her heart was broken. Why would they try to cure her with pills and powders?” – Leo Tolstoy

37. “And now she had run into an emptiness more final than any words of rejection. He was gone and would make himself a stranger to her for ever.” – Iris Murdoch

38. “Loving a man shouldn’t have to be this rough.” – Tim McGraw

39. “I don’t want you to miss me, just remember that I was once in your life.” – Shashank Rayal

40. “Some men can love forever, some for six years, some for six months, and others for six hours.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

41. “I had to get over [him]. For months now, a stone had been sitting on my heart. I’d shed a lot of tears over [him], lost a lot of sleep, eaten a lot of cake batter. Somehow, I had to move on. [Life] would be hell if I didn’t shake loose from the grip he had on my heart. I most definitely didn’t want to keep feeling this way, alone in a love affair meant for two. Even if he’d felt like The One. Even if I’d always thought we’d end up together. Even if he still had a choke chain on my heart.” – Kristan Higgins

42. “If I promise to miss you, do you promise to go away?” – Tracy A. Malone

43. “His sudden decision not to see her any more was utterly incomprehensible to the girl, it was a death sentence from a hidden authority for an unknown crime. Nothing had changed, and then there was suddenly this.” – Iris Murdoch

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Inspirational Breakup Quotes

44. “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering.” – Ben Okri

45. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami

46. “They should tell you when you’re born: have a suitcase heart, be ready to travel.” – Gabrielle Zevin

47. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

48. “You are telling the story of your life. You have the power to tell a different one. You choose, every day, how you interpret others’ actions, events, and the world around you. You and only you have the power to change this. Change the script!” – Laura Elliott

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49. “The habit of forever looking backward is fatal to efficiency just as is the habit of looking forward too much. Today is the day. Live the day and have done with it. Fling your best into it, then you have nothing to regret, and there is no need of anticipating tomorrow.” – O. S. Marden

50. “If you’re gonna make a change, you’re gonna have to operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.” – Tony Robbins

51. “No matter how hard your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.” – Faraaz Kazi

52. “Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.” – L. Frank Baum

53. “When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Unknown

54. “Hearts are made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde

55. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

56. “Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.” – Violeta Parra

Positive Breakup Quotes

57. “I’m gonna smile ‘cause I want to make you happy, laugh, so you can’t see me cry, I’m gonna let you go in style, and even if it kills me, I’m gonna smile.” – Ian Keaggy, Nash Overstreet & Ryan Follese

58. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

59. “Every time you thought you couldn’t keep moving forward, you did. Take a moment to appreciate your strength.” – Karen Salmansohn

60. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.” – Naeem Callaway

61. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

62. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling

63. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama

64. “It is our wounds that create in us a desire to reach for miracles. The fulfillment of such miracles depends on whether we let our wounds pull us down or lift us up towards our dreams.” – Jocelyn Soriano

65. “Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intentions. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world awaits in darkness for the light that is you.” – L.R. Knost

66. “Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” – Jean de La Fontaine

Funny Breakup Quotes

67. “He needs ‘space’ and ‘time’, as if this were physics and not a human relationship.” – Kathryn Stockett

68. “I feel, therefore, I am a fool.” – Abhaidev

69. “Breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it in one push. You gotta rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over.” – Jerry Seinfeld

70. “Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.” – Katherine Hepburn

71. “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

72. “What women want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held. What men want: Tickets to the World Series.” – Dave Barry

73. “Can you imagine a world without men? There’d be no crime, and lots of fat happy women.” – Nicole Hollander

74. “The trouble with women is that they get all excited about nothing… and then marry him!” – Cher

75. “Marriage is a mistake every man should make.” – Sir George Jessel

76. “For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.” – Andy Rooney

77. “I guess the only way to stop divorce is to stop marriage.” – Will Rogers

78. “The difference between a divorce and a legal separation is that a legal separation gives a husband time to hide his money.” – Johnny Carson

79. “I think… therefore, I’m single.” – Lizz Winstead

80. “There are always a few before-Valentine’s Day breakups that allow people to cancel reservations.” – Unknown

81. “If I follow the inclination of my nature, it is this: beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married.” – Queen Elizabeth I

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Relationship Breakup Quotes

82. “Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted make-up.” – Marian Keyes

83. “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Unknown

84. “Love is unconditional. Relationships are not.” – Unknown

85. “Two people who break up could never be friends. If they can stay friends, then it means that they are still in love or that they never were.” – Unknown

86. “Breakups hurt, but losing someone who doesn’t respect and appreciate you is actually a gain, not a loss.” – Unknown

87. “Cheating and lying aren’t struggles. They’re reasons to break up.” – Patti Callahan Henry

88. “The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…” – Nicholas Sparks

89. “There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, some, irrevocably; it’s the endings we’re unprepared for.” – Katherine Owen

90. “Not everything has the ability to break you and if something does then it was something precious to you.” – Shweta Tale

91. “Sometimes you have to accept that just because you can have room for someone in your heart, it does not always mean that you should have room for them in your life.” – Unknown

92. “You can victimize yourself by wallowing around in your own past.” – Wayne Dyer

93. “We are all Romeos looking for our Juliet, but never finding her.” – Rae Hachton

94. “Never regret a relationship that has ended. If it was good, then that is wonderful. If it was bad, then you have experience.” – Unknown

95. “It is better to break up than to let the relationship break you down.” – Toni Sorenson

Getting Over A Breakup Quotes

96. “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” – Unknown

97. “Patience is key for getting over a breakup. That, and trailing off your interaction after the breakup.” – Drake

98. “You can’t live a full life until you let go of your past heartaches.” – Unknown

99. “Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities.” – Patti Roberts

100. “If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” – C. Joybell C.

101. “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” – Leo Buscaglia

102. “If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” – Steve Maraboli

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103. “If someone makes you miserable more than they make you happy, then it is time to let them go, no matter how much you love them.” – Unknown

104. “Don’t you dare, for one more second, surround yourself with people who are not aware of the greatness that you are.” – Jo Blackwell-Preston

105. “Some people think that holding on makes you stronger, but sometimes it is the opposite. Sometimes, letting go can make you stronger.” – Unknown

106. “Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow.” – L. Ron Hubbard

107. “I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel

108. “Never forget, you have value. You are worth time, worth energy, worth worship. Your delicate enchantments are a holy wine. Silver aura of my moon. Song of my air. My afternoon shadows. My divine messenger. The literature of stars is in your very pores.” – Benedict Smith

109. “Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin Sharma

Love Breakup Quotes

110. “One day they’ll realize they lost a diamond while playing with worthless stones.” – Turcois Ominek

111. “Ever has it been that love knows not its own death until the hour of separation.” – Khalil Gibran

112. “The hottest love has the coldest end.” – Socrates

113. “Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.” – Stephen King

114. “Sharp is the arrows of a broken heart.” – Cassandra Clare

115. “Love lasts about seven years. That’s how long it takes for the cells of the body to totally replace themselves.” – Françoise Sagan

116. “The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.” – William Faulkner

117. “The moment that you feel, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself… That is the moment, you might be starting to get it right.” – Neil Gaiman

118. “Stab the body and it heals, but injures the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.” – Mineko Iwasaki

119. “Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion.” – Javan

120. “There will be a time when you are forced to follow your heart away from someone you love.” – Ashly Lorenzana

121. “A breakup is like a death without a funeral.” – Hazel Hayes

122. “The course of true love did never run smooth.” – William Shakespeare
Emotional Heartbreak Quotes

123. “When you have had your heart broken, you will be afraid to give it to someone ever again. But you have to trust that one day, the right person will come along and that person will treat your heart the way it deserves to be treated.” – Unknown

124. “You don’t die from a broken heart, you only wish you did.” – Unknown

125. “You find out what you are made of when you have a broken heart. If it happens early and often, all the better.” – Isabel Gillies

126. “God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.” – Unknown

127. “Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret.” – Laura Kasischke

128. “Once you had put the pieces back together, even though you may look intact, you were never quite the same as you’d been before the fall.” – Jodi Picoult

129. “I know my heart will never be the same but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.” – Sara Evans

130. “A broken heart is just the growing pains necessary so that you can love more completely when the real thing comes along.” – J.S.B. Morse

131. “I don’t want to break someone’s heart, but you can’t control that. A broken heart happens; that’s inevitable.” – Lykke Li

132. “Of course! It takes a lot of strength to mend a broken heart. Channelising energies into your work helps, but also to be able to accept situations for what they are instead of questioning them helps immensely.” – Deepika Padukone

133. “Crying is a way your eyes speak when your mouth can’t explain how broken your heart is.” – Unknown

134. “I know what it’s like to have a broken heart. I know what it’s like to feel pain: When my songs don’t become hits, it breaks my heart. There are a million ways to break a heart. I can relate.” – Diane Warren

135. “When trees burn, they leave the smell of heartbreak in the air.” – Jodi Thomas

The journey to healing starts with self-love!

I hope this list of the best breakup quotes, heartbreak quotes and moving on quotes have brought some light into your life after a breakup and that they will help you heal your heart. Whenever you’re feeling sad, let these inspirational quotes give you the strength to persevere.

And remember, the most effective remedy after a breakup is self-love.

So, love yourself, spoil yourself, find a new hobby, meditate and do whatever you need but don’t think about the past.

Also remember that one day, you’ll meet someone who will mend your broken heart and restore your faith in love. One day, you’ll meet the right one for you who will make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else.

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