Here’s the understatement of the century: Breakups are hard and depressing AF. You meet someone special, fall in love, share tons of memories and experiences together, then POOF—gone is your relationship, best friend, and dog you once shared too.
What went wrong? Whose fault was it? Can I die from this broken heart? These are totally normal thoughts to have as you sob and relentlessly replay the gut-wrenching breakup moment in your head like a broken record.
So before you put on your big girl pants and get ready to move on, it’s totally okay to embrace the waterworks, twist the knife in your heart (just a leeetle bit), and mourn the relationship first.
For these very moments, here are 50 cry-worthy breakup quotes from your favorite movies, TV shows, songs, pieces of literature, and celebrities (yes, they suffer from broken hearts too).
For when you want permission to feel everything:
1. I'm letting you go. Cause if we stay together, Will, we're gonna be miserable.
I'm gonna hold you back from all these incredible dreams that you have. And then eventually you're totally gonna hate me for it.” —Will and Emily, Definitely, Maybe
2. “You broke me,
you broke my heart and I hate you because I'm still in love with you,” —Carrie, The Carrie Diaries
3. “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because
our souls are connected." —The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks
You were red and you liked me cause I was blue. You touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky, and you decided purple just wasn’t for you.” —"Colors," by Halsey> Cosmopolitan
5. “Time won't fly,
it's like I'm paralyzed by it/I'd like to be my old self again, but I'm still trying to find it/After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own/Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone.”—"All Too Well," by Taylor Swift
6. “There are many stages of grief. It’s sad, something coming to an end.
It cracks you open, in a way—cracks you open to feeling. When you try to avoid the pain, it creates greater pain.” —Jennifer Aniston, Vanity Fair
7. "Let yourself go and let yourself obsess over every little detail of the breakup and the relationship. You will need to do this for yourself.
You will need to allow your mind to take it all in so that by the time you get back up on your feet, you know how you feel.” —Lauren Conradgiphy
8. “It’s no good. When someone leaves you, apart from missing them, apart from the fact that the whole little world you’ve created together collapses, and that everything you see or do reminds you of them,
the worst is the thought that they tried you out and, in the end, the whole sum of parts adds up to you got stamped REJECT by the one you love.” ―Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
9. “Sometimes I believe that love dies but hope springs eternal. Sometimes I believe that hope dies but love springs eternal. Sometimes I believe that sex plus guilt equals love, and sometimes I believe that sex plus guilt equals good sex. Sometimes I believe that love is as natural as the tides, and sometimes I believe that love is an act of will.
Sometimes I believe that some people are better at love than others, and sometimes I believe that everyone is faking it. Sometimes I believe that love is essential, and sometimes I believe that the only reason love is essential is that otherwise you spend all your time looking for it.” —Nora Ephron, >Heartburn
Choices were easy to make until you realized how long life could be.” —Emma Straub, Modern Lovers
10. "When I was first going through my separation, someone said to me, 'It will take you half as long as you were in the relationship before you'll feel better.' And
I wanted to knock them out cold across the table. Because, of course, I was in agony. And the last thing I wanted to think was that I was going to stay that way for a long time. But interestingly enough, it is over four years later–we were together eight years–and I finally feel like, cool. I feel better." —Uma Thurman, on Ethan Hawke, >Redbook
For when you're second-guessing the breakup:
If we were meant to be together, we would be together.” –Leo, The Vow
12. “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.” —Mindy, The Mindy Project
13. “It was really tough.
I don’t know if I’m over it yet. I think that I’m definitely in another place and I think we’ve definitely went our separate ways. I love her and I want her to be awesome, but there are things that remind me of her.” —Justin Bieber, about Selena Gomez
14. “Never love anybody who
treats you like you’re ordinary.” —Oscar Wilde
15. “You are not a terrible person for wanting to break up with someone you love. You don’t need a reason to leave. Wanting to leave is enough. Leaving doesn’t mean you’re incapable of real love or that you’ll never love anyone else again. It doesn’t mean you’re morally bankrupt or psychologically demented or a nymphomaniac. It means you wish to change the terms of one particular relationship. That’s all.
Be brave enough to break your own heart.” —Cheryl Strayed, “DEAR SUGAR: Tiny Beautiful Things”
16. “When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something.
We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way. We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality.” —Pema Chödrön, >When Things Fall Apart
“I did not deceive him, he did not deceive me, I did not leave him, he did not leave me, I freed him, he freed me.” ―Sharon Olds, Stag's Leap: Poems
17. “I look at him sometimes for an unguarded moment and see a tall, crooked man with yellowing teeth and a leer. I see new N. Bad N. Vulnerable to anyone with a vagina. I also see Good N, just a glimpse, here and there. And Noncommittal N, an extra in his own life, just hitting his marks and looking well pressed.
He's become a whole group of people, a cache of ghosts tugging at my sleeve.” —Suzanne Finnamore, >Split: A Memoir of Divorce
18. “Sooner or later, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.” —Nancy Horan, >Under the Wide and Starry Sky
19. “I used to think—and given the way we ended up, maybe I still do—that all relationships need the kind of violent shove that a crush brings, just to get you started and to push you over the humps. And then,
when the energy from that shove has gone and you come to something approaching a halt, you have to look around and see what you've got. It could be something completely different, it could be something roughly the same, but gentler and calmer, or it could be nothing at all.” —Nick Hornby, >High Fidelitygiphy
20. “How often we set this trap for ourselves. I had learned to act as if I were the person I wished to be: an ascetically self-sufficient woman, a woman without needs, a woman immune to disappointment.
And I found or urged myself to be attracted to people whom only such a woman should love.” —Melissa Febos, Abandon Me: Memoirs
21. “The truth of relationship healthiness is that water seeks its own level. If you want to know what is missing in you, what unfinished business you have, what your inner struggles are, you need not look further than your partner.
If you listen carefully and look closely, usually your choice of mates will tell you what you need to know about yourself. As you grow and change, your choice of mate continues to reflect what you still need to work on.”—Susan J. Elliott, >Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss Into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You
For when you need to move on but can't:
22. “You can love someone so much...But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” —Paper Towns, by John Green
23. “You get used to not calling someone at night to tell them how your day was.
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, Elle
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.” —Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
24. “Finally, four months after the end, I found myself spending a weekend in the country, and I stepped outside and away from my companions, onto a gravel path, and in the dimming pink of the sunset I began along my way.
It was simple—one foot in front of the other, hands swinging at my sides—but I thought, rather dramatically, I will remember this moment all my life...I had made the choice to face the world—trees, sky, even a rude, shoe-thieving neighborhood dog named Rico—on my own, with the power and presence of someone who can tolerate herself.” —Lena Dunham, Voguegiphy
25. “The thing about being single is, you should cherish it. Because, in a week, or a lifetime, of being alone, you may only get one moment.
One moment, when you're not tied up in a relationship with anyone. A parent, a pet, a sibling, a friend. One moment, when you stand on your own. Really, truly single. And then...it's gone.” —Alice, How to Be Single
For when you struggle with self-love:
26. “It’s really over, you made your stand/You got me crying, as was your plan/But
when my loneliness is through/I’m gonna find another you.” —"I’m Gonna Find Another You," by John Mayer
27. “There are two ways you can go: You can either nurture yourself or go destructive. I have gone down the destructive path before, and that didn't work for me.
You dig deep beyond those scars and find that soft tissue again, and you massage and nurture it and bring it to life, little by little, through serving yourself well. I did it through hikes and vitamins and therapy and prayer and good friends." —Katy Perry
believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself. Cry if you have to, but it won't be forever! You will find love again, and it will be even more beautiful! In the meantime, enjoy all that YOU are!" —Rihanna
29. “I'd be a robot if I said I didn't feel moments of anger, of hurt, of embarrassment…[but] you joke and say, '
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'" —Jennifer Aniston
30. “I remember throwing up. I remember being on the floor…I have never felt anything quite like that. It was so visceral. It’s like someone has killed you and you have to live through it and watch it happen.
It was awful.” —Emma Stone, on her first breakup
31. "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, >Glamour
32. "One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-40 body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am.
It is silly, isn't it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself. This was a moment when the maxim 'You can never love anybody if you are unable to love yourself' made clear sense. And I add, 'Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give yourself.'" –bell hooks, >All About Love
33. “You see a lot of people play this blame game. Blame, blame, blame. You know? And it's a really easy thing to do, and I'm certainly guilty of it.
[You have to] look at yourself and go, 'What part of this do I need to own? Which part of this is my responsibility?' And that's the painful work that you have to go through to hopefully get some real-life knowledge out of it." —Reese Witherspoon, Elle
“If someone does not want me, it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but endings.” –Nayyirah Waheed, >Salt.
34. “Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and
you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” —Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
35. "It's what life handed me, and I'm okay with it.
I know wholeheartedly that I'm a really good partner. I think I'm a really good girlfriend, and I think that I could be a really good wife. I know that I love being able to give my love out to someone. I know there is somebody great out there for me." —Jennifer Love Hewitt, >USA TodayGiphy
36. “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants.
But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, >Eat, Pray, Love
37. "When I was going through a bit of a heartbreak a little while ago, I said to a friend, 'Wow, this really hurts!' And he said to me, 'That just shows you what your capacity for loving is.'
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, >InStyle
For when you want proof that things will get so much better:
38. "I'm not sure what the future holds, but
I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said, 'Nic, it is what it is, it’s not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is.’” —Nicole Kidman
“Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch/Who woulda thought it'd turn me to a savage?" —Ariana Grande, “>7 Rings”
39. “In every one of those situations, as hard—and sometimes embarrassing—as it was, I learned so much about myself.
Those relationships provided me with lessons that got me to where I am right now. For that, I’m grateful.” —Halle Berry, 2017 City Summit and Gala
40. “Grief is love's souvenir. It's our proof that we once loved. Grief is the receipt we wave in the air that says to the world:
Look! Love was once mine. I love well. Here is my proof that I paid the price.” —Glennon Doyle Melton, >Love Warrior
41. “I didn’t know if that was the end of it or know if we’d be back together again,
but I knew that wherever I was going, I was on the right path...You get time to be yourself. You get time to grow up. I think if you’re growing up attached to another person, you never really get solid as your own being.” —Miley Cyrus, >Sirius XM Hits 1 radio channel.Giphy
42. "There are two quotes that I want to say. One is in a Dylan Thomas poem, 'Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light,' which is one of my favorite poems, it just strikes a chord in me. And also Robert Frost's 'The only way out is through.'
People have to go through things in order to become the person that they are today, and that's that." —Sarah Hyland, on >The Meredith Vieira Show
43. I think the thing that I have learned is that a bad love experience is no reason to fear a new love experience...
Everybody has bad relationships, and at the end of the day, they are just a great way to set yourself up for a good relationship." —Anne Hathaway, TelegraphRelated Story > Movies to Watch to Get You Over a Breakup
44. "I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier. I think in my 20s–it’s like you’re trying too hard to figure everything out…
I’m starting to come into my own. It’s like a new phase." —Katie Holmes, >Elle
45. My life basically blew up in my face. And now I’m in this new life, and it’s pretty awesome, I have to say.
I’m so inspired. Everything just feels new." —Gwen Stefani, to Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio.
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
47. “You and me/We used to be together/Everyday together always/I really feel/That I'm losing my best friend/I can't believe this could be the end/
It looks as though you're letting go/And if it's real/Well I don't want to know…” —"Don’t Speak," by No Doubt
48. “Here comes goodbye,
here comes the last time/Here comes the start of every sleepless night/The first of every tear I'm gonna cry/Here comes the pain, here comes me wishing things had never changed/And she was right here in my arms tonight, but here comes goodbye.” —"Here Comes Goodbye," by Rascal Flatts
49. “And that's when I know it's over.
As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.” —This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz
I can't be in your life, you can't be in my life. I can't do this anymore. I'm done."
—Josh to Liza, Younger
Source : https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a26410106/best-breakup-quotes/