121 Wise Broken Heart Quotes To Help You Move Forward

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You have recently gone through heartbreak and find it hard to cope with the overwhelming emotions. Well, heartbreaks are difficult, but some thoughtful broken heart quotes can help you move through this phase by introspecting your feelings. Love is a beautiful feeling. You seem to be at the top of the world. However, if a relationship breaks, it hurts. The magic that had once existed seems to be lost. Heartbreaks may bring you pain, disbelief, sadness, and loneliness. Healing a heartbreak takes time, detachment, and soul searching. Have patience with yourself while you deal with your emotions. Though nobody can take away your pain immediately, this post tries to console you through its touching quotes.

121 Broken Heart Quotes

It might be a difficult time, but know that you are not alone. Here are some heartbreak quotes that will help you overcome this difficult period.

  1. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” —Marilyn Monroe
  1. “Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities.” —Patti Roberts
  1. “Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.” —Violeta Parra
  1. “With time the pain eases, the body recovers and the brain figures out new ways to go on.” —Federico Chini
  1. The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it… —Nicholas Sparks
  1. “Love is the most beautiful of dreams and the worst of nightmares.” —Aman Jassal
  1. “Nothing helps a broken heart like having someone wonderful give you theirs.” —Rita Stradling
  1. Love is blind, but a broken heart sees everything.” —Matshona Dhliwayo
  1. “Must I go bound while you go free
    Must I love a man who doesn’t love me
    Must I be born with so little art
    As to love a man who’ll break my heart” —Cassandra Clare
  1. “It’s hard asking someone with a broken heart to fall in love again.” —Eric Kripke
  1. “Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” —Bette Davis
  1. “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” —Charles M. Schulz
  1. “The heart will break, but broken live on.” —Lord Byron
  1. “Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.” —The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz
  1. “Only God can mend a broken heart.” —Kevin Walker
  1. “Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.” —Mineko Iwasaki
  1. “Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.” —Fulton J. Sheen
  1. “There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” —Shannon L. Alder
  1. “The way to my heart was shattered when you left me, but I was glad because your memories were invulnerable, locked inside my heart.” —Anmol Rawat
  1. “Yes, I understand why things had to happen this way. I understand his reason for causing me pain. But mere understanding does not chase away the hurt. It does not call upon the sun when dark clouds have loomed over me. Let the rain come then if it must come! And let it wash away the dust that hurt my eyes!” —Jocelyn Soriano
  1. “Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing…” —Elizabeth Gilbert
  1. “The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” —Carroll Bryant
  1. “One day you’re going to remember me and how much I loved you… then you’re gonna hate yourself for letting me go.” —Aubrey Drake Graham
  1. “When your heart is broken, you plant seeds in the cracks and you pray for rain.” —Andrea Gibson
  1. “Hearts were made to be broken.” —Oscar Wilde
  1. “Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.” —Cassandra Clare
  1. “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
  1. “The clouds wept when my heart sang a song of sorrow.”—Sonya Watson
  1. “Yet nothing can to nothing fall,
    Nor any place be empty quite;
    Therefore I think my breast hath all
    Those pieces still, though they be not unite;
    And now, as broken glasses show
    A hundred lesser faces, so
    My rags of heart can like, wish, and adore,
    But after one such love, can love no more.” —John Donne
  1. “There will be a time when you are forced to follow your heart away from someone you love.” —Ashley Lorenzana
  1. “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
  1. “So it’s true when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” —E.A. Bucchianeri
  1. “You ask everybody you know: How long does it usually take to get over it? There are many formulas. One year for every year you dated. Two years for every year you dated. It’s just a matter of willpower: The day you decide it’s over, it’s over. You never get over it.” —Junot Díaz
  1. “Love is never supposed to hurt. Love is supposed to heal, to be your haven from misery, to make living worthwhile.” —Mia Asher
  1. “I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.” —Christie Brinkley
  1. “You can’t let yourself love because you think your heart can’t handle it… that something bad will happen. But you’re wrong. It’s true… Grief is the price for love. But hearts are made to mend. Christ can do wonders with a broken heart if given all the pieces.” —Suzanne Woods Fisher
  1. “Sometimes a little heartbreak is a lesson, and the best thing to do is just learn the lesson.” —Jon Voight
  1. “You may have a broken heart, but you may find someone else.” —Douglas Booth
  1. “I hate you for all the years I’ll have to live without you. How can a heart hurt this much and still go on beating? How can I feel this bad without dying from it?” —Lisa Kleypas
  1. “Pain makes you stronger, fear makes you braver, heartbreak makes you wiser.” —Drake
  1. “I miss you in waves and tonight I’m drowning. You left me fending for my life and it feels like you’re the only one who can bring me back to the shore alive.” —Denice Envall
  1. “So here’s the thing with broken hearts. No matter how you try, the pieces never fit the way they did before.” —Ariana
  1. “I could take chances with my heart and I would be able to bounce back, and anything that might hurt me would just make me stronger in the end. “ —Elizabeth Eulberg
  1. “I wish I were a little girl again because skinned knees are easier to fix than a broken heart.” —Julia Roberts
  1. “Sometimes a broken heart can mend something else’s brokenness.” —Munia Kahn
  1. “I have lost and loved and won and cried myself to the person I am today.” —Charlotte Eriksson
  1. “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.” —Washington Irving
  1. “A broken heart in real life isn’t half as dreadful as it is in books. It’s a good deal like a bad tooth, though you won’t think THAT a very romantic simile. It takes spells of aching and gives you a sleepless night now and then, but between times it lets you enjoy life and dreams and echoes and peanut candy as if there were nothing the matter with it.” ―Lucy Maud Montgomery
  1. “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
  1. Love is hard to find, hard to keep, and hard to forget.” —Alysha Speer
  1. “To be rejected by someone doesn’t mean you should also reject yourself or that you should think of yourself as a lesser person. It doesn’t mean that nobody will ever love you anymore. Remember that only one person has rejected you at the moment, and it only hurt so much because to you, that person’s opinion symbolized the opinion of the whole world, of God.” —Jocelyn Soriano
  1. “No matter how hard your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.” —Faraaz Kazi
  1. “A broken heart is such a shabby thing, like poverty and failure and the incurable diseases which are also deforming. I hate it and am ashamed of it, and I must somehow repair this heart and put it back into its normal condition, as a tough somewhat scarred but operating organ.” —Martha Gellhorn
  1. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”—Richard Puz
  1. “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
  1. 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
  1. “It’s funny how artistic we become when our hearts are broken” —Hotel Books
  1. “Only time can heal your broken heart. Just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” —Miss Piggy
  1. “This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
  1. “Has someone made you heartbroken? Then, why are you still thinking of him?” —Debra K. Messer
  1. “A broken heart in real life isn’t half as dreadful as it is in books. […] It takes spells of aching and gives you a sleepless night now and then, but between times it lets you enjoy life and dreams as if there were nothing the matter with it.” —Lucy Maud Montgomery
  1. “When you have your heart broken for the first time, you gain depth.” —Sienna Miller
  1. “Broken heart will turn into a stronger one within hope.“ —Toba Beta
  1. “I’d rather love a million times and have my heart broken every time, than hold a permanently empty heart forever.” —H.C. Paye
  1. “Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another, “I want to know why!” —Shannon L. Alder
  1. “When it comes to love and loss, acceptance is never easy. We can’t make someone see all we have to give, make them love us, or make them change. All we can do is move on and stop wasting time.” —April Mae Monterrosa
  1. “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
  1. “For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.” —D.H. Lawrence
  1. “Lips that taste of tears, they say, are the best for kissing.”—Dorothy Parker
  1. “The best way to heal a broken heart, it turns out, is to find a way to move past the hurt.” —Mary Kay Andrews
  1. “Then his heart, now broken into a thousand pieces, slowly began to turn to ice.” —Morgan Rhodes
  1. “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” —Mandy Hale
  1. “Sometimes, the only soul that can mend a broken heart is the one that broke it. For they are the ones holding all the pieces.” —Patti Roberts
  1. “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.” —Charles Dickens
  1. “It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” —Steve Maraboli
  1. “Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.” —Warsan Shire
  1. “However much you wanted someone to want you, there was nothing you could do to make it happen. Whatever you did for them, whatever you gave them, whatever you let them take, it could never be enough. Never enough to be sure. Never enough to satisfy them. Never enough to stop them walking away. Never enough to make them love you.” —Manna Francis
  1. “Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it but also the father who wipes away the tears.” —Criss Jami
  1. “Sometimes you break your heart in the right way, if you know what I mean.” —Gregory Roberts
  1. “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
  1. “The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.“ —Faraaz Kazi
  1. “It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.” —Sara Teasdale
  1. “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” —Mark Twain
  1. “when you are broken
    and he has left you
    do not question
    whether you were
    the problem was
    you were so enough
    he was not able to carry it” ―Rupi Kaur
  1. “The cure for a broken heart is simple, my lady. A hot bath and a good night’s sleep.” —Margaret George
  1. “God is closest to those with broken hearts.” —Jewish Proverb
  1. “Don’t you EVER break someone’s heart, because they only have one. Break their bones, they have 206 of those!”—Jayy Von Monroe
  1. “The heart is the only broken instrument that works.” —T.E. Kalem
  1. “Two words. Three vowels. Four consonants. Seven letters. It can either cut you open to the core and leave you in ungodly pain or it can free your soul and lift a tremendous weight off your shoulders. The phrase is: It’s over.“ —Maggi Richard
  1. “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
  1. “Love is the hardest drug to quit, but it is even harder when it is taken away.” —Ashleyy
  1. “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
  1. “Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.” —Christina Westover
  1. “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 Buscagalia
  1. “I understand that if you have never suffered a broken heart, then you have never really known what it is to truly be alive.“ —Patti Roberts
  1. “The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.” —Robert James Waller
  1. “A broken heart bleeds tears.” —Steve Maraboli
  1. “Perhaps someday I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.” —Sylvia Plath
  1. “Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret.” —Laura Kasischke
  1. “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
  1. “Still, you have to leave your broken heart in a place where- when the woman who knows how to see what a gift is, sees it- your broken heart can be picked up again.” —C. JoyBell C.
  1. “Some people come in your life and make you believe that your life is incomplete without them. Then they leave, creating a void in your heart that may fill back with time but will never be complete.” —Anmol Rawat
  1. “When you are standing in [a] forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
  1. “‘Hearts are breakable,’ Isabelle said. ‘And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.’” —Cassandra Clare
  1. “She remembered the day vividly, for how can you forget the day your heart is broken? The funny thing about a broken heart is that it’s not fatal. Though you wish in vain that it were, life continues on and you have no choice but to continue on with it. You take the hand that fate has dealt you and you press forward because there is nothing else that can be done.” —Tracy Winegar
  1. “I’m not crying because of you; you’re not worth it. I’m crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are.” ―Steve Maraboli
  1. “Heaven doesn’t ignore cries of a broken heart.” —Toba Beta
  1. “It is a dull sensation, your heart breaking, like the sound of a pebble dropping on the sand. Not a shattering, not a tearing apart, there is nothing shrill or grandiose about the sensation. It is merely an internal realization that something treasured you never knew you had is leaving forever.” —Samantha Bruce-Benjamin
  1. “A tormented mind wants to forget, what a broken heart will always remember.” —Anthony Liccione
  1. “Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.” —J.M. Barrie
  1. “You flew off with the wings of my heart and left me flightless.” —Stelle Atwater
  1. “I know my heart will never be the same But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.” —Sara Evans
  1. “Heartbreak is funny to everyone but the heartbroken.” —Jeffery Eugenides
  1. “Let’s hope that for every time that we get hurt or break our heart, there is something somewhere being written to make up for it, to make the happiness due even bigger and laughters even merrier, for after all good things must happen to good people.” —Mansi Soni
  1. “I’ve been heartbroken. I’ve broken hearts. That’s part of life, and it’s part of figuring out who you are so you can find the right partner.” —Heidi Klum
  1. “Love hurts worse than getting slammed by a 250-pound linebacker.” — Miranda Kenneally
  1. “I pray that former rejection and deep hurts will not color what I see and hear now.” —Sue Augustine
  1. “Love hurts when it changes us.” —Toba Beta
  1. “This time I wouldn’t forget him, because I couldn’t ever forgive him—for breaking my heart twice.” —James Patterson
  1. “And you may think I’m bullet-proof, but I’m not. You took a swing, I took it hard. And down here from the ground I see who you are” ―Taylor Swift
  1. “Given enough time and distance, the heart will always heal.” —Laura Fitzgerald

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How should I heal a broken heart?

Deliberately exploring new things to make you happy, giving yourself time to grieve, expressing your feelings and needs, and avoiding things and activities that remind you of your ex can help you overcome the pain of heartbreak.

2. How long does a heartbreak last?

A heartbreak may last for a few weeks or months, depending on the cause of the breakup and the depth of your feelings. Your healing process may also depend on the kind of person you are. If you are someone who can distract yourself easily and find things to make you happy, you may get over your feelings soon. However, if you are sensitive, you may need some time and support to get over the heartbreak.

Having your heart broken does not have to mean that it is the end of everything for you. It can be hurtful, and you might feel as if nobody understands what you are going through. But it will eventually pass. These broken heart quotes might help you go through this challenging period of your life. But an important thing to remember is that you need to have faith and patience, work on yourself towards making yourself better, spend time with family, get back to your hobbies and try to stay happy.

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