Heartbreak Quotes

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A broken heart is an experience that all of us share, yet only experience alone.

As humans, we’re wired to experience incredible love and affection. But for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction, and when it comes to the ecstasy of true love, that reaction is a gut-wrenching pain, a deep void of sadness, utter lethargy, and feelings of seemingly eternal loneliness.

How do you mend a broken heart? How do you find comfort when all you feel is pain? Here are some heartbreak quotes that offer insight and a starting point for moving past the pain and healing.

Heartbreak Quotes

Heartbreak is funny to everyone but the heartbroken.

Jeffery Eugenides

The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.

Nicholas Sparks
“Love is only made more valuable by the risk of heartbreak.” – Alessandra Torre

Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.

Mineko Iwasaki

Don’t you EVER break someone’s heart, because they only have one. Break their bones, they have 206 of those!

Jayy Von Monroe

I’ve been heartbroken. I’ve broken hearts. That’s part of life, and its part of figuring out who you are so you can find the right partner.

Heidi Klum

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

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

Khalil Gibran
“Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” – Bette Davis

The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.

William Faulkner

Love is the hardest drug to quit, but it is even harder when it is taken away.


There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream — whatever that dream might be.

Pearl S. Buck

Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.

Alphonse de Lamartine

Then his heart, now broken into a thousand pieces, slowly began to turn to ice.

Morgan Rhodes, Falling Kingdoms
“Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret.” – Laura Kasischke

There will be a time when you are forced to follow your heart away from someone you love.

Ashley Lorenzana

Has someone made you heartbroken? Then, why are you still thinking of him?

Debra K. Messer

Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.

The Tinman, The Wizard of Oz

When your heart is broken, you plant seeds in the cracks and you pray for rain.

Andrea Gibson

I wish I were a little girl again, because skinned knees are easier to fix than broken heart.

Julia Roberts

I’m not supposed to miss you, I’m not supposed to care.

Debra Cox

So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.

E.A. Bucchianeri
“The heart is the only broken instrument that works.” – T.E. Kalem

Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.

H.L. Mencken

Sometimes you break your heart in the right way, if you know what I mean.

Gregory Roberts

You flew off with the wings of my heart and left me flightless.

Stelle Atwater

We are all Romeos looking for our Juliet, but never finding her.

Rae Hacton

No matter how hard your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

Faraaz Kazi

Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.

Warsan Shire
“The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” – Carroll Bryant

Why did I always end up loving the person who hurt me the most? Why was love so cruel?

J.C. Reed

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.

Wallace Stegner

‘Hearts are breakable,’ Isabelle said. ‘And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.’

Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

When trees burn, they leave the smell of heartbreak in the air.

Jodi Thomas

The hottest love has the coldest end.


I have lost and loved and won and cried myself to the person I am today.

Charlotte Ericksson
“Never love with all your heart, it only ends in aching.” – Countee Cullen

There were many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts being broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream-whatever that dream might be.

Pearl Buck

Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.

Mineko Iwasaki

I mean, at the end of the day, what the hell does it matter who I end up with if it can’t be you?

Tabitha Suzuma

What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.

Richard Wilbur

Hands that never touch. Lips that never meet. The Almost Lovers, never to be.

Rae Hachton
“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.” – Henny Youngman

I never wanted but your heart–that gone, you have nothing more to give.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Sometimes a little heartbreak is a lesson, and the best thing to do is just learn the lesson.

Jon Voight

Sometimes… Sometimes our hearts…crack a little.

Brodi Ashton

Broken Heart Quotes

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

There are a million ways to lose someone you love.

Tamara Webber
“I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.” – Christie Brinkley

No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

Faraaz Kazi

Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.

Fulton Sheen

You can’t give your heart to a wild thing.

Truman Capote

For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.

D.H. Lawrence

It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.

Sara Teasdale
“Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.” – Cassandra Clare

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

When your heart is broken, you plant seeds in the cracks and you pray for rain.

Andrea Gibson

It’s funny how artistic we become when our hearts are broken.

Hotel Books, I Always Thought I Would Be Okay

When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters anymore. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

George Bernard Shaw
“Love is blind, but a broken heart sees everything.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

A broken heart is the worst. It’s like having broken ribs. Nobody can see it, but it hurts every time you breathe.


I wish I were a little girl again because skinned knees are easier to fix than a broken heart.

Julia Roberts

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Love hurts worse than getting slammed by a 250-pound linebacker.

Miranda Kenneally

It isn’t enough for your heart to break because everybody’s heart is broken now.

Allen Ginsberg
“Heaven doesn’t ignore cries of a broken heart.” – Toba Beta

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, Anna Karenina

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

Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

When you have your heart broken for the first time, you gain depth.

Sienna Miller
“God is closest to those with broken hearts.” – Jewish Proverb

For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.

D.H. Lawrence

The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.

Charles Dickens

Overcoming Heartbreak

Recovering from a broken heart is one of the hardest things we face inn life. These overcoming heartbreak quotes will help you see your pain from a different perspective so you can release it and mend.

Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.

Oprah Winfrey

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

Alexander Graham Bell

I pray that former rejection and deep hurts will not color what I see and hear now.

Sue Augustine
“Never love that which you cannot keep.” – Anonymous

I know my heart will never be the same but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.

Sara Evans

The heart will break, but broken live on.

Lord Byron

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

Only time can heal your broken heart.

Miss Piggy

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
“Sometimes a broken heart can mend something else’s brokenness.” – Munia Kahn

The cure for a broken heart is simple, my lady. A hot bath and a good night’s sleep.

Margaret George

Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes just be an illusion.


Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Marilyn Monroe

Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.

Robin Sharma

Nothing helps a broken heart like having someone wonderful give you theirs.

Rita Stradling

I’ve been on the floor and I’ve been heartbroken. I didn’t know how I was going to stand up. But I just gave it time.

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

Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities.

Patti Roberts

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.

Mark Twain

You may have a broken heart, but you may find someone else.

Douglas Booth

God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.


You don’t die from a broken heart. You only wish you did.


So here’s the thing with broken hearts. No matter how you try, the pieces never fit the way they did before.


The best way to heal a broken heart, it turns out, is to find a way to move past the hurt.

Mary Kay Andrews
“It’s hard asking someone with a broken heart to fall in love again.” – Eric Kripke

Pain makes you stronger, fear makes you braver, heartbreak makes you wiser.


A broken heart is what makes life so wonderful five years later, when you see that special guy in an elevator and he is fat and smoking and saying ‘Long time no see.’

Phyllis Batelle

Human hearts are elastic. They have room for all sorts of passions, and they can break and heal and love again and again.

Jodi Lynn Anderson

The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.

Robert James Waller

When you go through heartbreak, you just do the things that get you by. Eventually, you realize it’s about making the most of life.

Britney Spears
“Given enough time and distance, the heart will always heal.” – Laura Fitzgerald

We hope these broken heart quotes give you solace in dealing with heartbreak and moving forward to a better place. There’s always hope and tomorrow is a new day to be your best and see the best in others.

Update: This post was last updated on August 6, 2020.

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Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie and his dog Oban. When not working on KIM, he enjoys traveling, poker, and anything related to crypto.