Sad Breakup Quotes

Our sad breakup quotes are ones that everyone can relate to, who has ever had a relationship end.

It can be a stressful and sad time. Please read on.

Ten Best Sad Breakup Quotes

Our expert panel selected these quotations as our favorites.

Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.
Katerina Stoykova Klemer

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
Joan Crawford

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
M. Kathleen Casey

You fell in love with a storm. Did you really think you would get out unscathed?
Nikita Gill

Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.
Marilyn Monroe

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Washington Irving

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell

In order to truly value loyalty, you must first endure the affliction of betrayal.
Thomas Merritt

Hearts live by being wounded.
Oscar Wilde

Don’t cry when the sun is gone because the tears won’t let you see the stars.
Violeta Para

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Inspirational Breakup Quotes

How do you know when it’s over? Maybe when you feel more in love with your memories than with the person standing in front of you.
Gunnar Ardelius

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
Mark Twain

I will not allow myself to not feel chosen every single day. And I’ll wait till whenever that is.
Hannah Brown

One day they’ll realize they lost a diamond while playing with worthless stones.
Turcois Ominek

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?
Leo Buscaglia

I didn’t lose you. You lost me. You’ll search for me inside of everyone you’re with and I won’t be found.

If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.
Michael Bassey Johnson

What is stronger than the human heart, which shatters over and over and still lives.
Rupi Kaur

He’s going to be sorry he lost you, so stop worrying. Forget the past, forget the pain and remember what an incredible woman you are.

Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart do not know how to laugh either.
Golda Meir

It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.
Nick Hornby

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Funny Breakup Quotes

Sometimes, it helps to have a laugh or two. These sad breakup quotes add some humor to the equations.

I never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

I break up very well. I am a good breaker-upper.
Simon Cowell

Only time can heal his heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.
Miss Piggy

Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted make-up.
Marian Keyes

Patience is key for getting over a breakup. That and trailing off your interaction after the breakup.

I’m so miserable without you, it’s almost as if you’re here!
Billy Ray Cyrus

There are always a few before-Valentine’s Day breakups that allow people to cancel reservations.
John Imbergamo

My boyfriend and I broke up. He wanted to get married and I didn’t want him to.
Rita Rudner

The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends.
Gwyneth Paltrow

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.
Mae West

Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass to pay for it all.
Paris Hilton

My boyfriend and I broke up. He wanted to get married and I didn’t want him to.
Rita Rudner

There is one thing I would break up over and that is if she caught me with another woman. I wouldn’t stand for that.
Steve Martin

If someone breaks your heart just punch them in the face. Seriously punch them in the face and go get some ice cream.
Frank Ocean

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Sad Breakup Sayings

Sometimes, I don’t know what haunts me more; The memories of you… Or the happy person I used to be.
Ranata Suzuki

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.
Jonathan Harnisch

I learned that people leave. Even if they have promised a thousand times that they won’t.

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation?
Khalil Gibran

How do you love someone and just… Walk away? Just like that. You just, go on as normal…. You get up, get dressed, go to work… How can you do that? How can you be okay with that?
Ranata Suzuki

You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.
John Green

I felt her absence. It was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth. You wouldn’t need to run to the mirror to know they were gone.
James Dashner

The last time I felt alive – I was looking into your eyes. Breathing your air… Touching your skin… Saying goodbye. The last time I felt alive – I was dying.
Ranata Suzuki

Like some wines, our love could neither mature nor travel.
Graham Greene

Thoughtful quotes about relationships’ ends

Many good things come to an end eventually. These sad breakup quotes capture that sentiment.

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

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

What is it that makes you cry? It is only your attachments. What is it that you miss when it is lost? It is the object of your attachment. Ponder over this.

Love lasts about seven years. That’s how long it takes for the cells of the body to totally replace themselves.
Francoise Sagan

If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.
C. Joybell C.

I can still love an ex as a person, regardless if the breakup was bad. I would never wish anything negative on them. It takes more energy to hate them than to wish them well.
Ashley Greene

It is better to lock up your heart with a merciless padlock than to fall in love with someone who doesn’t know what they mean to you.
Michael Bassey Johnson

It’s much more interesting to try and understand what binds two people together. Why we stay with each other is much more of a mystery than why we don’t.
Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Breakup Quotes for Him

These sad breakup quotes were selected with a male in mind.

Heartbroken? Channel your sorrow to become worthy of love. The world will be yours.
Tapan Ghosh

You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them… but still move on without them.
Mandy Hale

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

Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.
Paulo Coelho

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford

Don’t waste moments waiting and wondering. Don’t throw away your time dreaming of someone that doesn’t want you. No one is that amazing, certainly not the one who would pass you up.
Donna Lynn

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.
Guy Finley

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.
Mandy Hale

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

Sayings about heartbreak

If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.
Steve Maraboli

A breakup would imply she was my girlfriend. She was a girl who was my friend who is now a girl who is not my friend.
Sheldon Cooper

If you cannot hold me in your arms, then hold my memory in high regard. And if I cannot be in your life, then at least let me live in your heart.
Ranata Suzuki

Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet I was hurt. Who doesn’t feel a part of their heartbreak at rejection? You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That’s my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story.
Jennifer Salaiz

One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.
Romain Rolland

Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.
Demi Lovato

Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.
Jean Kerr

Short Breakup Quotes

Here are our favorite short, sad breakup quotes.

When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.
Paulo Coelho

The hottest love has the coldest end.

No matter how hard your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
Faraaz Kazi

The heart was made to be broken.
Oscar Wilde

Love is unconditional. Relationships are not.
Grant Gudmunson

The course of true love did never run smooth.
William Shakespeare

Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.
Oscar Wilde

Moving on is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.
Dave Mustaine

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart do not know how to laugh either.
Golda Meir

Reflective Breakup Quotes

If you really want closure… at some point, you have to shut the door.
Jacki Wells Wunderlin

Sharp is the arrow of a broken heart.
Cassandra Clare

I like my relationships like I like my eggs — over easy.
Jared Kintz

We ruined each other by being together. We destroyed each other’s dreams.
Kate Chisman

Some think that holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it’s letting go.
Herman Hesse

And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.
Junot Díaz

There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.
Ranata Suzuki

Let this be the year you choose courage over fear.
Morgan Harper Nichols

Men are a luxury, not a necessity.

We have to be whole people to find whole love.
Cheryl Strayed

Positive Breakup Quotes

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
Dalai Lama

Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities.
Patti Roberts

Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.
L. Ron Hubbard

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

I know my heart will never be the same but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.
Sara Evans

This Is A Good Sign, Having A Broken Heart. It Means We Have Tried For Something.
Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m able to write about a breakup from a different place. Same brokenness. Same rock-bottom. But a little more informed, now I’m older. Thank God for growing up.
Alanis Morrisette

Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.
Sara Evans

When we are in love, we are convinced nobody else will do. But as time goes on, others do do, and often do do, much, much better.
Jamie Weise

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Inhale the future, exhale the past.

Pain makes you stronger; fear makes you braver, and heartbreak makes you wiser.

Someday it’s gonna make sense.

It just hurts… a lot.

Never cry for that person who doesn’t know the value of your tears.

Your time is way too valuable to be wasted on people that can’t accept who you are and who don’t give you the time back you deserve.

Because sometimes you just can’t tell the truth.

I used to hope that you’d bring me flowers. Now I plant my own.

Move On!

Choosing me and my happiness has been the best decision yet.

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By Liz Olson

Liz writes about family, relationships, and pop culture.


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