101 Inspiring Divorce Quotes That Will Help You Move On

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A divorce can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being since going through a divorce can be painful and traumatic. Reading some divorce quotes may give you the strength and positivity you need to get through this rough patch and embrace your life once again.

Divorce allows you to pursue passions that you had to forgo due to an unhealthy relationship. So, if you had a solo travel plan or fancy learning a new skill, this is the time to do them.

In this post, we have combined a list of quotes about divorce that will help you find the way out and approach life with zeal.

101 Quotes About Divorce and Moving On

Are you still in a dilemma about your divorce? Read these quotes and find some answers to the questions making you doubt yourself.

1. “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

2. “Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you.” – Rupi Kaur

3. “A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you.” – Margaret Atwood

4. “Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy’s staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce.” – Jennifer Weiner

5. “You can’t lose someone you never had.”

6. “Divorce is always terrible, but I haven’t met anyone who went through it and isn’t happier now.” – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

7. “For a lot of people, divorce is an incredibly healthy move to make in your life.” – Adam Scott

8. “Divorce is a declaration of independence with only two signers.”– Gerald F. Lieberman

9. “Divorces are made in heaven.” – Oscar Wilde

10. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

11. “I used to hope that you’d bring me flowers. Now I plant my own.” – Rachel Wolchin

12. “Half of all marriages end in divorces – and then there are the really unhappy ones.” – Joan Rivers

13. “Divorce is not the end of the world. It’s worse to stay in an unhealthy marriage. That’s a worse example for the children.” – Jerry Hall

14. “Well, after the divorce, I went home and turned all the lights on!” – Larry David

15. “To live, to err, to triumph, to re-create life out of life!” – James Joyce

16. “Everything is going to be alright. Maybe not today but eventually.”

17. “Even the darkest nights come to an end, and the Sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo

18. “You might not be able to control all the events that happen to you, but you can choose to not be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

19. When people divorce, it’s always such a tragedy. At the same time, if people stay together it can be even worse.” – Monica Bellucci

20. “Sometimes divorce is better than marriage.” – Sumner Redstone

21. “When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they don’t understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.” – Helen Rowland

22. “Divorce is a fire exit. When a house is burning, it doesn’t matter who set the fire. If there is no fire exit, everyone in the house will be burned!”  – Mehmet Murat ildan

[Read:   Signs You May Need A Divorce]

23. “Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand.”  – Shinichi Suzuki

24. “Nice people don’t necessarily fall in love with nice people.” – Jonathan Franzen

25. “Heartbreak is a loss. Divorce is a piece of paper.” – Taylor Jenkins Reid

26. “The happiest time of anyone’s life is just after the first divorce.”  – John Kenneth Galbraith

27. “You know why divorces are so expensive? Because they’re worth it.”  – Henny Youngman

28. “We ruined each other by being together. We destroyed each other’s dreams.” – Kate Chisman

29. “We cannot change the past, but we can start a new chapter with a happy ending.” – Nishan Panwar

30. “Divorce is a time of change. It really rocks the foundation of most people’s lives. When we have our heart broken or our dreams taken away from us, it is a time of growth and change.”  – Debbie Ford

31. “Divorce is just a part of your life. It doesn’t define who you are. You decide that.” – Karen Finn

32. “Divorce is hardest at the beginning, most chaotic in the middle and best at the end.”

33. “The only standing peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation” – Lord Chesterfield

34. “When I got divorced, I went through the various stages of grieving – anger, denial, and dancing around my settlement cheque.” – Maura Kennedy

35. “Divorce isn’t always the best answer. And sometimes it’s the only answer.” – Karen Finn

36. “I never even believed in divorce until after I got married.” – Diane Ford

37. “Fair is the four letter F word of divorce.”  – Kate Van Dyka

38. “Here’s a difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.”

39. Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere”

40. “It is never too late to become what you might have been.”  – George Eliot

41. “I used to think that divorce meant failure, but now I see it more as a step along the path of self-realization and growth.” – Alana Stewart

42. “I think you will find that with divorce will come happier remarriages.”  – Helen Fisher

43. “People say, “Oh, God, how devastating to go through a divorce.” Did I wish for this to happen to my family? No. But everyone is healthy; we’re moving on with our lives.”  – Idi Klum

44. “My parents’ divorce was very difficult. Divorce is incredibly painful, but it’s also an essential part of life.” – Abi Morgan

45. “I lived a really wonderful life with this man and even after our divorce, it was incredible.”  – Priscilla Presley

46. “Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries.”  – Ambrose Bierce

47. “Drink from the well of yourself and begin again.”  – Charles Bukowski

48. “We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.”   – Tom Hiddleston

49. “Lost you. Found myself.” 

50. “The good thing about getting divorced young – if there is a good thing – is that it makes you realize there’s no schedule in life. It blasts you wide open and frees you to be honest with yourself.” – Olivia Wilde

51. “At the end of your marriage, your job, at least in part, is to let go and move away from the wreckage to create something better.” – Karen Finn

52. “Being single and having peace of mind is much better than being in a relationship where you feel single and have no peace of mind.”

53. “We don’t have the power to change the facts of divorce, but divorce definitely gives us the power to change ourselves.” – Karen Finn

54. “If you’re still looking for a happy ending, I suggest you start searching for a new beginning.”

55. “Experiencing a great change, like divorce, has the power to change us greatly.”

[Read: Negative Effects Of Divorce On Children]

56. “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale

57. “Despite the pain, if minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, you keep going, you will get through your divorce.” – Karen Finn

58. “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make peace with that and all will be well.” – Buddha

59. “Divorce sets off a tidal wave of changes – physical, mental, emotional, social, and existential.” – Karen Finn

60. “Do you see your divorce as a set-back or a do-over? It took time and effort, but I now see mine as a do-over.” – Karen Finn

Sometimes, women and men might have different thoughts when it comes to divorce. If you are a woman going through the divorce or you have a female friend who you have to motivate, then we have some divorce quotes for her.

61. “I don’t miss him, I miss who I thought he was.”

62.”The fact that he walked away doesn’t mean that you are unworthy of love. You are our pride and joy, so keep your head up!”

63. “A man that knows your sadness and sleeps.. Doesn’t deserve your love at all..”

64. “I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters.” – Susan B. Anthony

65. “I got divorced recently. It was a mixed marriage. I’m human, he’s Klingon.” – Carol Leifer

66. “He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house.”  – Zsa Zsa Gabor

67. “I’m not upset about my divorce.” – Roseanne Barr

68. “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” – Shannon L. Alder

We also have divorce quotes for him. Men are human too and can get as affected by divorce as women do.

69. “Some people think that it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.”

70. “There are four stages in a marriage: First there’s the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.” – Norman Mailer

71. “I should have known something was wrong with my first wife. When I brought her home to my parents, they approved of her.” – Woody Allen

72. “She cried and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook.” – Tommy Manville

73. “He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.”

74. “Nowadays love is a matter of chance, matrimony of money, and divorce a matter of course.” – Helen Rowland

75. “I try not to think of divorce as failing at marriage, but rather winning at bitterness and resentment.”

[Read:  Devastating Reasons For Divorce]

76. “Don’t be afraid of losing someone who doesn’t feel lucky to have you.”

77. “Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.” – Robert H. Schuller

78. “Nothing’s a coincidence. Everything you’re experiencing is meant to happen exactly how it’s happening. Embrace the lessons. Be grateful.”

79. “With divorce.. you’re not dead – you’re dormant.” – Cheryl Nielsen

80. “Lies don’t end relationships, the truth does.” – Shannon L. Alder

81. “Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s future.”– Daphne Rose Kingma

82. “If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences of what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” – Shannon L. Alder

83. “Only by acceptance of the past will you alter its meaning.” – T. S. Eliot

84. “Owning your own story and loving yourself through the process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” – Brene Brown

85. “It’s better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

86. “Don’t ruin a good day by thinking of a bad yesterday.”

87. “I don’t see divorce as a failure. I see it as an end to a story. In a story, everything has an end and a beginning.” – Olga Kurylenko

88. “For some reason, we see divorce as a signal of failure, despite the fact that each of us has a right, and an obligation, to rectify any other mistake we make in life.” – Joyce Brothers

89. “Perhaps sometimes, reminding ourselves that we do have a choice makes it easier to pick the harder one.” – Eva Melusine Thieme

90. “For a lot of people, divorce is an incredibly healthy move to make in their life.” – Adam Scott

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91. “Divorce is never a pleasant experience. You look upon it as a failure. But I learned to be a different person once we broke up. Sometimes you learn more from failure than you do from success.” – Michael Crawford

92. “I decided after my last divorce to marry myself.” – Nell Carter

93. “After my divorce, painting took me out of panic mode and into a serene, calm place. I could absolutely lose myself.” – Jane Seymour

94. “Never run back to whatever broke you.”

95. “Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what remains, and look forward.”

96. “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

97. “It always gets worse before it can get better. But it will get better. Like everything else, and like our past struggles, at some point we win, but before that win, there’s always that loss that spurs us on.” – Dolores Huerta

98. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

99. “Going through a divorce is a pain. But you heal.”

100. “Divorce is played by lawyers. But in a divorce of unhappy marriage, the winners are husband and wife.”

101. “Remarriage could be a light after you pass the divorce.”

Divorce can be an unfortunate phase in your life. It might stir up a plethora of unpleasant emotions. However, remember that the end of a relationship does not mean the end of your life. You have a life ahead that needs to be lived well. Mourning and resentment will only increase your displeasure and bitterness. So, read these divorce quotes and get inspired to move toward a brighter future. Think of this phase as a new opportunity that will allow you to experience more success and greater contentment.

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