Heartbreaking quotes

A collection of quotes on the topic of sad quotes, heartbreaking, heart, love.

Best heartbreaking quotes

Hermann Hesse photo

„If I know what love is, it is because of you.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

Frederick Douglass photo

„It's easier to build strong children then repair broken men.“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895

Variant: It is easier to build strong men, than to repair broken ones.
Source: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You must do the thing you think you cannot do.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 29–30
Context: 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.

Bette Davis photo

„Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.“

—  Bette Davis film and television actress from the United States 1908 - 1989

William Shakespeare photo

„The course of true love never did run smooth.“

—  William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lysander, Act I, scene i.
Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)

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Henry David Thoreau photo

„There is no remedy for love but to love more.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

Variant: The only remedy for love is to love more.

Marilyn Monroe photo
Marilyn Monroe photo

„Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Variant: Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together.

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Citát „In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.“
Martin Luther King, Jr. photo

„In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, The Trumpet of Conscience (1967)
Variant: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Agatha Christie photo

„Everybody said, "Follow your heart". I did, it got broken“

—  Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976

Bob Marley photo

„The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

Variant: The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

Henry Rollins photo

„It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.“

—  Henry Rollins American singer-songwriter 1961

Variant: It is sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

Emily Brontë photo
Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 29–30
Context: 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.

Elizabeth Gilbert photo
Citát „The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.“
Robert B. Cialdini photo

„The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.“

—  Robert B. Cialdini American social psychologist 1945

Source: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

„To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.“

—  Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019

"In Blackwater Woods"
American Primitive (1983)
Source: New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

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„Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960

The character "Rose Walker" in The Sandman #65
Context: Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' or 'how very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love.

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Richard Wilbur photo

„What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.“

—  Richard Wilbur American poet 1921 - 2017

"Opposites" (1973)
Source: Opposites, More Opposites, and a Few Differences

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Washington Irving photo

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

—  Washington Irving writer, historian and diplomat from the United States 1783 - 1859

Attributed to Irving as early as 1883. [Hit and miss : a story of real life, Angie Stewart, Manly, Chicago, J.L. Regan, 1883, i, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435018229575?urlappend=%3Bseq=7] However, it does not seem to appear in Irving's known works. Other citations from the same year leave the quotation unattributed. [Henry S. (ed.), Clubb, The Peacemaker and Court of Arbitration, Volume 1, Universal Peace Union, 1883, 125, Philadelphia, https://books.google.com/books?id=Uu84AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA125] [The Australian Women's Magazine and Domestic Journal, Vol. 2 No. 2 (May 1883), 1883, Melbourne, 435, https://books.google.com/books?id=mq0sAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA435]. A similar passage is found in a pseudonymous novel published two years earlier in 1881: "Julia knew that sacrifices to patience are not in vain. Although they often do not produce the happiness for which they are made, they will, always, flow back and soften and purify the heart of the one who makes them". [Illma, Or, Which was Wife?, Miss, M.L.A., Cornwell & Johnson, 1881, 239, New York, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435017658592?urlappend=%3Bseq=245]
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Jonathan Safran Foer photo
Miguel de Unamuno photo

„It is sad not to be loved, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936

To a Young Writer

Paulo Coelho photo

„Tears are words that need to be written.“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

Benjamin Disraeli photo

„The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Book 4, chapter 1. Often misquoted as "The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end".
Books, Coningsby (1844), Henrietta Temple (1837)

Mark Twain photo
Cassandra Clare photo

„Hearts are breakable and I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before.“

—  Cassandra Clare, book City of Fallen Angels

Source: City of Fallen Angels, character Isabelle

Sarah Waters photo
Katherine Paterson photo
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John Archibald Wheeler photo

„The question is—what is the question?“

—  John Archibald Wheeler American physicist 1911 - 2008

Leonard Susskind, The Black Hole War (2008), chapter 13

W.B. Yeats photo
Marya Hornbacher photo

„There is, in the end, the letting go.“

—  Marya Hornbacher, book Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Source: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

H.L. Mencken photo

„Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

Junot Díaz photo
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Margaret George photo

„The cure for a broken heart is simple, my lady. A hot bath and a good night's sleep.“

—  Margaret George American writer 1943

Source: Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles

F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
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Jodi Picoult photo
D.H. Lawrence photo

„For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.“

—  D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930

James M. Cain photo

„If you have to do it, you can do it.“

—  James M. Cain, book Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

„The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.“

—  Wallace Stegner, book The Spectator Bird

Variant: Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to
wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Source: The Spectator Bird

George Gordon Byron photo

„The heart will break, but broken live on.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

Variant: And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly live on.

Jodi Picoult photo
Emily Dickinson photo
Cassandra Clare photo
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Jack Kerouac photo

„We tiptoed around each other like heartbreaking new friends.“

—  Jack Kerouac, book On the Road

Source: On the Road

Langston Hughes photo

„Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.“

—  Langston Hughes American writer and social activist 1902 - 1967

"Dreams," from the anthology Golden Slippers: An Anthology of Negro Poetry for Young Readers, ed. Arna Bontemps (1941)

Janet Fitch photo
Markus Zusak photo

„She took a step and didn't want to take any more, but she did.“

—  Markus Zusak, book The Book Thief

Source: The Book Thief

Leo Tolstoy photo
Nicholas Sparks photo

„There's beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.“

—  Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989

"The Ancient Dust", page 153
Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside (1984)

Cassandra Clare photo

„Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.“

—  Cassandra Clare, book City of Heavenly Fire

Source: City of Heavenly Fire

Marilyn Monroe photo
Markus Zusak photo
Jim Henson photo
Euripidés photo

„He is not a lover who does not love forever.“

—  Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 BC

Nicholas Sparks photo
Marilyn Monroe photo

„Always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Variant: Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow photo

„Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.“

—  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American poet 1807 - 1882

Hyperion http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/5436, Bk. III, Ch. IV (1839).
Variant: Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.
Context: "Ah! this beautiful world!" said Flemming, with a smile. "Indeed, I know not what to think of it. Sometimes it is all gladness and sunshine, and Heaven itself lies not far off. And then it changes suddenly; and is dark and sorrowful, and clouds shut out the sky. In the lives of the saddest of us, there are bright days like this, when we feel as if we could take the great world in our arms and kiss it. Then come the gloomy hours, when the fire will neither burn on our hearths nor in our hearts; and all without and within is dismal, cold, and dark. Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad."

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Jonathan Safran Foer photo

„There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him, so I buried them, and let them hurt me.“

—  Jonathan Safran Foer, book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Variant: There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him, so I buried them, and let them hurt me. (p. 181)
Source: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), p. 181

Haruki Murakami photo

„Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Source: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Fannie Flagg photo

„You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same.“

—  Fannie Flagg, book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Variant: You know, a heart can be broken, but it still keeps a-beating just the same.
Source: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Elizabeth Gilbert photo
Euripidés photo

„Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.“

—  Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 BC

L. Frank Baum photo

„Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
- Wizard“

—  L. Frank Baum, book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Source: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Junot Díaz photo
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Napoleon Hill photo

„You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little.“

—  Napoleon Hill American author 1883 - 1970

Source: Napoleon Hill's Positive Action Plan: 365 Meditations For Making Each Day a Success

Sara Evans photo
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Siri Hustvedt photo

„Pain is always emotional. Fear and depression keep constant company with chronic hurting.“

—  Siri Hustvedt novelist, essayist, poet 1955

Source: The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves

Lionel Shriver photo
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L. Frank Baum photo
George Eliot photo
Pablo Neruda photo
Pearl S.  Buck photo
Charlaine Harris photo
Fulton J. Sheen photo
Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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