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Quotations for Broken Hearts


Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. ~Author unknown

God is closest to those with broken hearts. ~Jewish proverb

Funny how a broken heart keeps right on beating, isn't it? ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, Tammy Out of Time, 1958

[Robert] Anderson offers a final comfort that is small, but not cold:  the heart is the only broken instrument that works. ~T. E. Kalem, "Solitaire / Double Solitaire," 1971

'Never, never meet again,' he said; and was not her heart bleeding bitterly because he had said it? ~Charles Gibbon, The Flower of the Forest, 1882

The water heaved and rushed. And the ship throbbed away, like a great, unfaithful heart, from the fading, mist-blurred land. ~Anita Vivanti Chartres (1866–1942), The Hunt for Happiness, 1896 

When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal. ~Author unknown

A heartbreak is a blessing from God. It's just his way of letting you realize he saved you from the wrong one. ~Author unknown

Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together. ~Author unknown

Love is like a puzzle. When you're in love, all the pieces fit but when your heart gets broken, it takes a while to get everything back together. ~Author unknown

Maybe part of loving is learning to let go. ~The Wonder Years, "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation," 1989, written by Jane Anderson  [S2, E17]

I prithee send me back my heart,
Since I cannot have thine:
For if from yours you will not part,
Why then should'st thou have mine!...
~John Suckling

As soon as forever is through
I'll be over you.
~Steve Lukather & Randy Goodrum, "I'll Be Over You," 1985, performed by Toto ♫

The broken heart is broadest. ~Emily Dickinson, 1881

It's so curious: one can resist tears and "behave" very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ~Colette

How much pain is there not that you can bear if nobody speaks to you? Sorrow you can hold, however desolating, if nobody speaks to you. If they speak, you break down. You cannot speak. You dread their coming. Almost like a hurt dog you would creep under the bushes and die alone. ~Bede Jarrett, O.P. (1881–1934), "Three Hours' Agony," The House of Gold: Lenten Sermons, 1930

Sometimes I wish I were a little kid again, skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts. ~Author unknown

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

...If we must part for ever,
Give me but one kind word to think upon,
And please myself withal, whilst my heart's breaking.
~Thomas Otway (1652–1685), The Orphan

With what a deep devotedness of woe
I wept thy absence — o'er and o'er again
Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,
And memory, like a drop, that, night and day,
Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
Didst thou but know how pale I sat at home,
My eyes still turn'd the way thou wert to come,
And, all the long, long night of hope and fear,
Thy voice and step still sounding in my ear...
~Thomas Moore, "Lalla Rookh," 1817

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Author unknown, modification of an anonymous quotation from around the 1940s  []

There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. ~Author unknown

There should be no tear on your cheek, dear, had my hand the access to brush it away. ~Emily Dickinson, 1881

The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief... ~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [I, 3, Duke of Venice]

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. ~Max Lerner, 1957

"The horror of that moment," the King went on, "I shall never, never forget!"
"You will, though," the Queen said, "if you don't make a memorandum of it."
~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, 1872

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar always means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. ~Harry Crews, Scar Lover, 1992

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning, and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux, The Madwoman of Chaillot, 1948, English adaptation by Maurice Valency

I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, and not my love to see...
~Edmund Spenser, "Daphnaida"

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er you languish, Come, at God's altar fervently kneel; Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish— Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal... ~Thomas Moore, "Come, Ye Disconsolate"

Ask me why I keep on loving you when it's clear that you don't feel the same way for me... the problem is that as much as I can't force you to love me, I can't force myself to stop loving you. ~Author unknown

I never knew until that moment how much it could hurt to lose something you never really had. ~The Wonder Years, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre," 1990, written by Mark B. Perry  [S3, E14]

Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow... ~James Matthew Barrie, The Little Minister

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Khalil Gibran (1883–1931), The Prophet

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Not in the time of pleasure
      Hope doth set her bow;
But in the sky of sorrow,
      Over the vale of woe.
Through gloom and shadow look we
      On beyond the years:
The soul would have no rainbow
      Had the eyes no tears.
~John Vance Cheney, "Tears," 1892

To weep is to make less the depth of grief... ~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, c.1590  [II, 1, Richard III (Duke of Gloucester)]

...tears are the safety valve of sorrow, and he who can weep will not die of a broken heart. ~Gustav Nieritz (1795–1876), "The Garden Grave," The Cobbler, the Clerk, and the Lawyer of Liebstein, translated from the German by Annie Harwood, 1868

What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul. ~Jewish proverb

I know of a cure for everything:  salt water... Sweat, or tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), "The Deluge at Norderney," 1933

It is such a secret place, the land of tears. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

I don't know why they call it heartbreak — it feels like every other part of my body is broken too. ~Terri Guillemets

While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it. ~Samuel Johnson, 1776, quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Love broken lies, a tassel of the wind
Caught on my breast...
~Olive Tilford Dargan (1869–1968)

...the beauty of the world which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929

I'm holding a teardrop for a friend
Until his heartache and misery end.
~Terri Guillemets

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

The flame of love is now just a cold loneliness. ~Terri Guillemets

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