30 Breakup Quotes to Heal & Move Forward

These inspirational breakup quotes will help you process your emotions and move on with a healthy mindset

Breakups are complicated.

If you've recently ended a relationship, you're probably dealing with a lot of competing complex emotions.

You may feel angry, sad, nostalgic, and relieved... all at once.

These 55 breakup quotes will help you process how you're feeling, and remember that you aren't alone in what you're experiencing.

How Breakup Quotes Can Help You Move On

Part of what makes breakups so tough is feeling more alone than usual. While also dealing with the impact of the separation, you're also dealing with losing part of your usual support system.

It may be hard to explain how you feel to others, or find a way to process the intense emotions.

Breakup quotes can be an exercise in mindfulness by voicing feelings you haven't yet been able to articulate. It's easier to combat negative thoughts when you are present and self-aware of what you're feeling.

Breakup quotes can also inspire you to find silver linings and embrace a fresh start in life.

Learn more about how to move on from a past relationship →

30 Breakup Quotes

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

“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

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”―Shannon L. Alder

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

“Someday you're gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You'll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing...”―Elizabeth Gilbert

“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

“Sometimes you have to accept that just because you can have room for someone in your heart, it does not always mean that you should have room for them in your life.” - unknown

It takes a strong heart to love. And it takes a truly strong heart to love again after being hurt.” – Karen Salmansohn

“If you really love someone, set them free. If they do not come back to you, then it was not meant to be.” —unknown

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

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – M. Kathleen Casey

"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." -marilyn monroe

“I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh, but I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry.” – Dr. Seuss

“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

“How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.”―W. Somerset Maugham

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

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be” – Sonia Ricotti

“Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.” – Nikita Gill

“The people who are quick to walk away are the ones who never meant to stick around.” -unknown

“The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.” – William Faulkner

“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” – Mandy Hale

“Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go but rather learning to start over.”―Nicole Sobon

“You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.” – Chinese Proverb

“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”―Ernest Hemingway

you will not heal by going back to what broke you. - unknown

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

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

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

“Just because a relationship ends, it doesn't mean it's not worth having.”―Sarah Mlynowski

“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

Take Time to Heal

Breakups are intense emotional experiences that can feel confusing to navigate.

Reflecting with breakup quotes can boost mindfulness and ultimately help you process your emotions.

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Stay well!