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Breaking Up - Quotes and Sayings

Updated on February 14, 2012

Breaking Up - When Relationships End

Writing this makes me think of that song, "Thank God for unanswered prayer." How true, that we sometimes think a person is perfect for us, but in reality they are not. In fact, when the dust settles, we can often look back in life and say, "what was I thinking?" There is no need to beat yourself up. It is a good thing take comfort in the fact that if you are breaking up or have been broken up with, you are not alone.

Some of these quotes are bound to make you laugh or maybe cry. My hope is not to make anything worse. Sometimes, a strong shot in the arm, while painful, is just what the doctor ordered. It is better for you to not waste any of your precious love on one that won't return it or isn't worthy of it. There is someone else out there, that will be so happy you broke up with the person that wasn't right for you anyway. Hopefully, these quotes help to give some perspective or a reality check, and maybe a smile or two.

Quotes Sayings and Thoughts About Breaking Up

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience." Victoria Holt

"A break up is like a broken mirror. It is better to leave it broken than hurt yourself trying to fix it." Author Unknown

"When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension." Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"The heart was made to be broken." Oscar Wilde

"I self destruct every relationship so that I don't get hurt...but in truth I just hurt myself worse in the long run.." Unknown Author

"Take away love and earth is a tomb." Robert Browning

"Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else." George Bernard Shaw

"I don't miss him, I miss who I thought he was." Unknown Author

"The scars you can't see are the hardest to heal." Astrid Alauda

"The fear of making permanent commitments can change the mutual love of husband and wife into two loves of self - two loves existing side by side, until they end in separation." Pope John Paul II

"It's not that we didn't love each other, it's just love wasn't enough. So I think I have to let go, we have to let go." Author Unknown

"As soon as forever is through, I'll be over you." Toto

"To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best." William Makepeace Thackeray

"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." Kahlil Gibran

"Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated." Lamartine

"She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her." William Shakespeare

"Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable." Wizard of Oz

"Don’t let one person let you down when there are millions of other people in the world that can make you happy." Unknown Author

“Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you.” Antonio Porchia

"Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species." W. Somerset Maugham

"We have to realize that we are as deeply afraid to live and to love as we are to die." Ronald David Laing

"Better to have lost and loved than to never to have loved at all." Hemingway

"If you love me, let me know. If not, please gently let me go." Author Unknown

"I don't know why they call it heartbreak. It feels like every part of my body is broken too." Chloe Woodward"

**"If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you it's yours. If it doesn't, it was never meant to be." Proverb

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This is so sad to me, but it's a perfect photo for things that didn't turn out quite right. It happens. | Source

Hanging in there during a tough time.

So many of us have been through heartbreaking break ups in some form or another. It can feel very overwhelming, and can have a sense of never getting better. I hope that maybe these quotes can help someone during a hard time after a break up or separation. There is no easy way through these things, but there is no way around it but to feel what comes with the circumstance, and know that those feelings won't kill you.

If you can hang on, and wait the time out, you might just be amazed at how much better things will get. I have heard too many stories where people made some bad decisions that hurt them (and worse, actually.) There is no point in letting the current feelings overwhelm to the degree that you give up hope. Your life and love is a precious gift, and you are probably much stronger than you even know. Just getting through one day at a time, one hour at a time after a loss is a great start. Hang in there, if you have been through a break up recently, or are going through one now. People that have "been there" can tell you the truth, that things will get better. Give it some time.

Poll about Breaking up or Separation

Did you ever have a painful break up, but in hindsight realized that it was the best thing that could happen with that relationship at the time?

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Pbg, thank you for your comment, and sharing which you liked best, or was most fitting. Wishing you the best.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful collection. Here's the best quote for me. . .

      "It's not that we didn't love each other, it's just love wasn't enough. So I think I have to let go, we have to let go." — Anonymous

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Living and Learning, so sorry to hear about the hard time of breaking up, and yet happy for the parts that are gone that you didn't need in your life either. I do hope it gets easier and easier, and I am sure it will. I am glad you found these quotes, I hope somehow they help.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I really appreciate it. I wish you the very best in the future.

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      6 years ago

      Break ups are tough. Especially as a teen or young adult I believe. I don't know if it ever gets easier. In fact I believe it just gets worse. I recently experienced a bad thing like this. I can't call it a break up because we were never together. He kept his distance and all the while I changed myself to make him happy. In the end, he wanted something way too intense physically and not enough emotionally. Now he has a girlfriend he cares about and it still hurts to see him hold her the way he held me. However, it's over now, and better because although I loved him, he was abusive physically and emotionally, and I'm glad I got out of that part. Thank you for the quotes. They brought tears to my eyes, but they are so true. They are so beautiful and I can relate to them so well.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Finance Hub, thanks so much. Yes, I have enjoyed the hubs I have seen of yours, and I hope you keep on writing. Thank you for your comment here, it is much appreciated. Have a great evening!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello SanneL, thank you so much! I agree, there isn't any easy way to break up or ease the pain of being broken up with. Sometimes, people just need more time. It does get better, those of us that have been through all that before know that for a fact.

      I really appreciate your kind words and visit here, so thank you!

    • SanneL profile image


      6 years ago from Sweden

      Fantastic hub! There is no easy way to break up from a relationship. However, it will get better!! As Hemingway said, "Better to have lost and loved than to never to have loved at all" I loved the great collection of quotes as well.

      Thank you!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Chelsea, thank you very much! I am very glad you like the quotes and anecdotes. Thank you for your visit and comment, I really appreciate it.

    • chelseacharleston profile image


      6 years ago

      Absolutely fabulous hub! Great quotes! Awesome anecdotes! Thank you!


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