75 Famous And Relatable Quotes About Failed Relationships

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Are you unable to see the good in your relationship anymore? In such times, failed relationship quotes from famous personalities can help you deal with this challenging and disheartening phase. A relationship is solely based on mutual respect, care, trust, and love for one another, thereof, the lack of it can make your life miserable. To deal with such phases, we have compiled a list of motivational quotes from famous personalities who themselves have gone through heartbreaks and understand the pain of it.

75 Quotes About Failed Relationships

Read these inspirational quotes about failed relationships. It will help you in breaking free from your bad relationship.

  1. “It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.” – Steve Maraboli
  1. “Relationships end, but they don’t end your life. But people do often spending more time finding out about failed relationships than finding successful ones.” – Steve Martin
  1. “If you want a recipe for relationship failure, just wait for the other person to change first.”- Harriet Lerner
  1. “It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.” – Dr. Phil
  1. “When you end up happily married, even the failed relationships have worked beautifully to get you there.” – Julia Roberts
  1. “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” – Dan Brown
  1. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically.” – Joel Osteen
  1. “Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs.” – Marianne Faithfull
  1. “Don’t be discouraged – every relationship you have is a failure, until you find the right one.”- Gillian Flynn
  1. “Sometimes it takes heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” – Mandy Hale
  1. “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami
  1. “I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?” – Nicholas Sparks
  1. “The only thing worse than being in a bad relationship for one year is being in it for a year and a day.” – Dr. Phil
  1. “It was strange, really. A couple months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.” – Gabrielle Zevin
  1. “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go.” – Mary Manin Morrissey
  1. “Relationships fail because people take their own insecurities and try and twist them into their partner’s flaws.” – Baylor Barbee
  1. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” – Steve Maraboli
  1. “People should not judge failed love affairs as failed experiences but as part of the growth process. Something does not have to end well for it to have been one of the most valuable experiences of a lifetime.” – Ethel Person
  1. “At the end of the day I have always seen the end of my relationships as a personal failure. There is nothing ever pretty in saying goodbye.”- Elisabetta Canalis
  1. “There’s nothing worse than walking around and talking about your failed relationship, all day, every day, for months on end.” – Max Greenfield
  1. “The success or failure of any relationship depends not just on how we feel about each other, but on how we make each other feel about ourselves.”- Tonya Hurley
  1. “We failed to see relationships that we should have. We failed to communicate from one agency to the other. Those are part of what we are learning today.” – Bob Graham
  1. “Remember there’s a purpose to every failed relationship. The purpose isn’t to encourage you to lower your expectations, but to raise your standards.” – Robert Tew
  1. “In terms of relationships, I’ve had two failures, although I don’t like to call them failures; they are self learning, and I cannot say I regret any of my relationships. I’ve always said that I am a much loved woman.”- Kate del Castillo
  1. “What’s broken is broken — and I’d rather remember it as it was than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.” – Margaret Mitchell
  1. “She realized, when relationships failed to last, it was not because love was no longer present, but because people had stopped believing in themselves and in their partners.” – Christina Westover
  1. “Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.” – Tori Amos
  1. “Life has taught me that you can’t control someone’s loyalty. No matter how good you are to them, doesn’t mean they’ll treat you the same. No matter how much they mean to you, doesn’t mean they’ll value you the same. Sometimes the people you love the most, turn out to be the people you can trust the least.” – Trent Shelton
  1. “If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” – Shannon L. Alder
  1. “I learned something from a string of failed relationships. You don’t see a pattern quickly. You see it over time. I learned to stop jumping in at the first sign of attraction. As soon as you’re attracted to someone, you go for it – whether or not it’s a good idea. Basically, just going out and getting laid.” – James McAvoy
  1. “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
  1. “The hardest part of being in an emotionally abusive relationship, it’s actually admitting you’re in one.” – Anna Akana
  1. “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” – Michael J. Fox
  1. “Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted makeup.” – Marian Keyes
  1. “If we knew how broken we would be after a failed relationship, we wouldn’t have put in much love. But what hurts most is, everything seems beautiful from the start, so all we could do was to enhance upon its beauty to a perfection.” – Jeffery Kwakye
  1.  “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” – Steve Maraboli
  1. “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” – Nicholas Sparks
  1. “It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else” – Phil McGraw
  1. “Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” – Deborah Reber
  1. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen
  1. “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” – C. JoyBell C.
  1. “The worst feeling is to be ignored once, then twice and then again and again by someone you consider precious.” – Betsy Kenton
  1. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” – Steve Maraboli
  1. “Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed.” – C. JoyBell C.
  1. “Until you let go of all the toxic people in your life you will never be able to grow into your fullest potential. Let them go so you can grow.” – DLQ
  1. “We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.” – Cornel West
  1. “Just say NO to complicated, dead-end, unhealthy, and toxic relationships.” – Stephanie Lahart
  1. “The creative process is lost in a toxic environment. The risk of staying is too great because in it you may never reach your full destiny.” – Germany Kent
  1. “Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational” – Hugh Mackay
  1. “Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you how to stop suffering. That is its purpose.” – Jane Roberts
  1. “When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself” – Deepak Chopra
  1. “Looking back and wondering if it could have worked eventually hurts more than trying and failing” – Dominic Riccitello
  1. “Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page” – Tori Amos
  1. “It’s better to have tried and failed than to live life wondering what would’ve happened if I had tried.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  1. “My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me and that what misses me, was never meant for me” – Arianna Huffington
  1. Poisonous relationships can alter our perception. You can spend many years thinking you’re worthless. But you’re not worthless. You’re underappreciated.” – Steve Maraboli
  1. “We only hurt others because we don’t love ourselves. Learning to truly love yourself changes your relationship with everyone.” – Bryan McGill
  1. “Relationships, marriages are ruined where one person continues to learn, develop and grow and the other person stands still.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  1. “Men who make all the decisions in a relationship are also the ones who will blame you when they don’t work out as they expected.” – Heather Chapple
  1. “Marriage is not a simple love affair, it’s an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.” – Joseph Campbell
  1. “You have made her sit on the edge of the world, but, took away the solid surface of the earth beneath. You’ve made her dream with her eyes wide open, but, failed to fulfill her hopes. “ – Jyoti Patel
  1. “Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” – Leo Buscaglia
  1. “And apologies, once postponed, became harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.” – Margaret Mitchell
  1. “Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs.”— Marianne Faithfull
  1. “Almost every person wonders who their soul mate will be or where they will find them and everyone has or will suffer a love loss or the fear of that loss at different points in their lives.” – Matthew Hussey
  1. “When you get hurt in love, there are very few things that can help you get over the pain.” – Melba Sean
  1. “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” – Richard Bach
  1. “In general, the problem in a relationship is when the couple stagnates.” – Simon Baker
  1. “A relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns out you do not go and buy a new house, you fix the light bulb.”– Bernajoy Vaal
  1. “For lack of an occasional expression of love, a relationship strong at the seams can wear thin in the middle.” – Robert Brault
  1. “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”- Barbara Johnson
  1. “Sometimes, two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.” — Colleen Hoover
  1. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” — Anthony Robbins
  1. “If someone keeps bringing you down, perhaps it’s time to get up and leave.”― Karen Salmansohn
  1. “You create more space in your life when you turn your excess baggage to garbage.”― Chinonye J. Chidolue

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do you accept a failed relationship?

It’s natural to think about why things didn’t work in your favor. However, accept the relationship is over and move on since you will feel hurt until you heal. Stay strong and feel content that the relationship has run its course. Talk to a family member, friend, or confidant and vent your feelings and emotions. Write down what went wrong in your relationship and take the shortcomings as learning for your future relationship.

2. Can a failed relationship work?

If both the people in the relationship strive to resolve their conflicts, a failed relationship may work. However, it will take time and persistent efforts. It will need adjustments, sacrifices, and compromises from both ends. Both individuals may have to establish an open, honest, and transparent communication system, focusing on ironing out the differences rather than proving who’s right and who’s wrong. Above all, they need to respect each other and take accountability for their mistakes.

You don’t realize the damage holding on was doing until you let go. When in pain, all we need is a shoulder to lean on, that little push, inspiration, and support to close the chapter of your painful relationship. We hope you heal from the pain and move to the next chapter of your life with enthusiasm and positivity!

Infographic: How To Spot A Failing Relationship?

A relationship needs a lot more than love and requires constant nurturing. Go through the infographic below to find out the symptoms of a failing relationship.

symptoms of a failing relationship [infographic]
Illustration: MomJunction Design Team

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Akshay Nair

Akshay is an associate editor and former journalist with over three years of experience. A post graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism, he has strong professional and academic background in the field of content writing and editing. He is also a Certified Relationship Workshop Facilitator for Life Coaches. Akshay interned and worked with various newspapers and the Public Relations Department... more