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Quotations about Heartache
Sweet scent in an empty bottle.
~Barbara F. Craigie, "Love Lingers," in College Verse, November 1931
To wound the heart is to create it. ~Antonio Porchia (1886–1968), Voces, 1943–1966, translated from the Spanish by W.S. Merwin (1927–2019), c.1968
Sometimes I wish I were a little kid again, skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts. ~Author unknown
God is closest to those with broken hearts. ~Jewish proverb
God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces. ~Author unknown
Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul... ~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604 [I, 1, Iago]
[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
Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. ~Author unknown
Nothing remains but the bare, gray ashes from the once bright fires of love. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
Iron left in the rain
And fog and dew
With rust is covered.—Pain
Rusts in beauty, too.
I know full well that this is so:
— I had a heartbreak long ago.
~Mary Carolyn Davies, "Rust," Youth Riding, 1919
...he felt a dull, leaden weight upon his heart, which seemed to crush him down, down to the earth. ~Charles Gibbon, The Flower of the Forest, 1882
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
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
The old man's heart was sorely stung. ~Charles Gibbon, The Flower of the Forest, 1882
Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together. ~Author unknown
I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, and not my love to see...
~Edmund Spenser, "Daphnaida"
The broken heart is broadest. ~Emily Dickinson, 1881
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
Oh, was there no loving without hurt? Was there no pure essence of love unpoisoned by pain and heartbreak? ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, But the Morning Will Come, 1949
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.
~Edwin Markham, "Victory in Defeat," 1909
[N]o moment must be lost when a heart is breaking, for though it broke so long, each time is newer than the last, if it broke truly. ~Emily Dickinson
Bad as I like ye, it's worse without ye. ~Irish proverb
Loss leaves us empty — but learn not to close your heart and mind in grief. Allow life to replenish you. When sorrow comes it seems impossible — but new joys will fill the void. ~Pam Brown, To Someone Special, Wishing You Happiness, 2008, helenexley.com
My heart may be broken, but it will never stop loving. ~Jessica Garay, @sickwonderland, September 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden
...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
She jilted him with a jolt that knocked his heart out of his mouth. ~Rupert Hughes, "Don't You Care!," In a Little Town, 1917
Walking, working, barely breathing
My thoughts, far away
Heart aching, mind racing
Sleep does not come easily, nor last long...
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
When those we love betray our trust,
We find the depth of human pain;
Oh, let me rise above these hurts
Until the sun shines, once again!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "My Prayer," 1940s
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]
Heartbreaks that are too new
Can not be used to make
Beauty that will startle.
That takes an old heartbreak.
Old heartbreaks are old wine.
Too new to pour is mine.
~Mary Carolyn Davies, "Vintage," Youth Riding, 1919
Soul sells life for the price of heartache. ~Terri Guillemets
'Tis not love's going hurts my days,
But that it went in little ways.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "The Spring and the Fall," The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems, 1923
The memory of an unkind word often outlasts the remembrance of many charitable acts. ~Thomas Clark Henley, A Handful of Paper Shavings, 1861
My heart, my heart is heavy
Though May shines bright on all...
~Heinrich Heine, "Der Heimkehr," translated from German by Hal Draper
...he only loves me with a quarter of his heart... ~Jittie Martin Horlick (1881–1973), A String of Beads, 1911
...his heart enlarged and accepted so much emotion that there was a kind of rapture in the very power to ache so well... ~Rupert Hughes, The Thirteenth Commandment, 1916
The finest luxury of sentiment is the sense of being loved, and one flitting thought may destroy it. ~Thomas Clark Henley, A Handful of Paper Shavings, 1861
My heart has cried a deep red grief since you've been gone, pulsing crimson pain. ~Terri Guillemets
...Lost in your heart, lost in your eyes
Lost every day, no map to follow
Entire days, weeks, a blur
Flickers of light, in the darkness,
Only to be enveloped in shadows once more...
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]
The more fiercely lovers love each other the more delicate are the antennæ of their souls, the more easily bruised. ~Rupert Hughes, The Thirteenth Commandment, 1916
Time catalogues heartbreak as love poetry. ~Terri Guillemets
How strange that the sun can be shining
And the world be looking so fair,
When my heart is downcast with sorrow
And pain that is so hard to bear!
How strange there is bright, children's laughter;
That gaiety reigns every place,
When darkness is swirling about me
And covering all of God's face!...
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "How Strange!," 1940s
How strange that the moon shines in glory
And the stars are wondrously bright,
When the one whom I thought had loved me
Has failed me, and now all is night!
How strange the sun rises each morning
And sets every night, as of yore,
When my heart is, so surely, breaking
For the one I'd loved more and more!
I pray God will heal all my heartache
And I'll o'ercome all of this pain;
That my soul may be filled with gladness,
And peace will be mine, once again.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "How Strange!," 1940s
Even though your broken heart may never heal, bless those who help hold together the pieces. ~Terri Guillemets
They say "follow your heart," but if your heart is in a million pieces which piece do you follow? ~Author unknown
Sometimes what gets to you most isn't the large holes that get ripped from your heart but the fraying of its edges — when what held you together isn't anymore. ~Terri Guillemets
God! what a light has passed away from earth
Since my last look!...
How beautiful the yesterday that stood
Over me like a rainbow! I am alone.
The past is past. I see the future stretch
All dark and barren as a rainy sea.
~Alexander Smith, A Life-Drama
Love blooms petals, thorns, and nettles. ~Terri Guillemets
Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. ~J.K. Rowling, "The Parting of the Ways," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000 [Albus Dumbledore —tg]
The love that makes you feel light as a feather is the love that makes your heart feel heaviest when it goes. ~Terri Guillemets
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!...
Heartache awaits the next love as a seed awaits the spring. ~Terri Guillemets
There's May amid the meadows
There's May amid the trees...
Above the rippling river
May swallows skim and dart;
November and December
Keep watch within my heart.
~Amy Levy, "A Dirge," c.1884
The spring breathes in the breezes,
The woods with wood-notes ring,
And all the budding hedgerows
Are fragrant of the spring.
In secret, silent places
The live green things upstart;
Ice-bound, ice-crown'd dwells winter
For ever in my heart.
~Amy Levy, "A Dirge," c.1884
They say that time heals all wounds, but all it's done so far is give me more hours to think about how much I miss you. ~Terri Guillemets
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
Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you. ~Antonio Porchia (1886–1968), Voces, 1943–1966, translated from the Spanish by W.S. Merwin (1927–2019), c.1968
Heartbreak wanders throughout the body — it's a lack of oxygen to the soul, a chain dragging from the mind, a poisoning of the blood, a sorrowful symphony drowning out all else. ~Terri Guillemets
I don't know why they call it heartbreak — it feels like every other part of my body is broken too. ~Terri Guillemets
Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, oh, give me back my heart!
A broken spirit is shattered pieces of poetry waiting to be made whole. ~Terri Guillemets
Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow... ~James Matthew Barrie, The Little Minister
You flew off with the wings of my heart and left me flightless. ~Terri Guillemets
As soon as forever is through
I'll be over you.
~Steve Lukather & Randy Goodrum, "I'll Be Over You," 1985, performed by Toto ♫
It was a beautiful romance blighted by reality. ~Terri Guillemets, "Weak armor," 2009
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