48 Heartbreak Quotes That Are Real AF and Will Help You Heal

Because we've all been there.
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Erin Celletti
Erin Celletti
Erin Celletti
Erin Celletti
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Updated Apr 04, 2024

Nothing other than time and healing can truly mend a broken heart, but sometimes it helps to just know you're not alone. In fact, finding relatable heartbreak quotes from movies, songs, books and TV shows can offer a comforting and reassuring perspective from others who have unfortunately been there and done that.

Whether you've reeling after a breakup of a long-term relationship or are feeling down about the loss of what could have been, quotes have a way of giving you validation and inspiration that sometimes even your closest friends or family can't. So, we've rounded up some of the best words we can find that will resonate with anyone suffering from a broken heart. Here are some of our favorites.

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Deep Heartbreak Quotes

  • "Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable." —The Tinman, The Wizard of Oz
  • "Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars." —Violeta Parra
  • "That though the heart is breaking, happiness can exist in a moment, also. And because the moment in which we live is all the time there really is, we can keep going." —Zora Neale Hurston
  • "The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever." —Carroll Bryant
  • "I'd rather love a million times and have my heart broken every time, than hold a permanently empty heart forever." —H. C. Paye
  • "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.:" —Robert Frost
  • "Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities." —Patti Roberts
  • "You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it." —Henny Youngman

Getting Over Heartbreak Quotes

  • "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." —Robert Frost
  • "The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did." —Faraaz Kazi
  • "You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present." —Jan Glidewell
  • "Holding on is believing that there's a past; letting go is knowing that there's a future." —Daphne Rose Kingma
  • "I am beginning to feel like the only way to truly get over someone that you cared a lot about is to start a new chapter." —The Mindy Project
  • "Sadness flies away on the wings of time." Jean de La Fontaine
  • "You replace these old habits with new habits, like texting your friends in a group chat all day and planning fun dinner parties and going out on adventures with your girlfriends, and then all of a sudden one day you're in London and you realize you've been in the same place as your ex for two weeks and you're fine. And you hope he's fine." —Taylor Swift
  • "I always get to where I am going by walking away from where I have been." —A.A. Milne

Healing Heartbreak Quotes

  • "Love is never lost. If not reciprocated it will flow back and soften and purify the heart." —Washington Irving
  • "Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart do not know how to laugh either." —Golda Meir
  • "The human heart is the only thing whose worth increases the more it is broken." —Shakieb Orgunwall
  • "The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it." —Nicholas Sparks
  • "It takes a lot of strength to mend a broken heart. Being able to accept situations for what they are instead of questioning them helps immensely." — Deepika Padukone
  • "Real love brings pain. Real love means sacrifices and hurt and all the thousand shocks of life. But it also means beauty, true beauty." —Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • "The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends." —Gwyneth Paltrow
  • "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

Motivational Heartbreak Quotes

  • "Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." —Marilyn Monroe
  • "If you don't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" —RuPaul
  • "You made my heart break and that made me who I am." —Little Mix
  • "Whatever you do, never run back to what broke you." —Frank Ocean
  • "I will not allow myself to not feel chosen every single day. And I'll wait till whenever that is." —Hannah Brown
  • "I would rather have my heart broken a thousand times than never to love at all. I have so much love to give — I'm not empty of love, I'm full of love." —Cameron Diaz
  • "You've got to value yourself and know that you're worth everything. And until you value yourself enough and love yourself enough to know that, you can't really have a healthy relationship." —Jennifer Lopez
  • "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

Funny Heartbreak Quotes

  • "Once my self esteem is back to 100% you will be dead to me." —Some EE Cards
  • "All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else." —Mae West
  • "Is there a cure for a broken heart? Only time can heal your broken heart, just as time can heal his broken arms and legs." —Miss Piggy, The Muppet Show
  • "Breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You can't do it in one push. You gotta rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over." —Jerry Seinfeld
  • "Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull." — H. L. Mencken
  • "I never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back." —Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • "You can allow yourself 72 hours of wallowing time. Then you've got to get into the gym, stop eating the ice cream and move on." —Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • "Pour yourself a drink, put some lipstick on and pull yourself together." —Elizabeth Taylor

Short Heartbreak Quotes

  • "Sadness flies away on the wings of time." —Jean De La Fontaine
  • "The heart was made to be broken." —Oscar Wilde
  • "The heart will break, but broken live on." —Lord Byron
  • "I'd rather have a broken arm than a broken heart." —Christie Brinkley
  • "Hearts live by being wounded." —Oscar Wilde
  • "You're gonna make it after all." —The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • "I love you but I love me more." —Samantha Jones, Sex and the City
  • "It's always darkest before the dawn."Thomas Fuller
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