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55 Of The Saddest Quotes To Soothe Your *Broken Heart*

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Heartbreak comes in many shapes, sizes, and flavors. But whether you’re mourning the end of a long-term relationship, getting over an unrequited crush, or navigating the messy aftermath of a confusing situationship, few things hurt like a broken heart. And while you probably want the pain to go away ASAP (which, hi, we can help with), sometimes you just need to wallow a little. That, my heartbroken friends, is where these super sad, in-your-feels quotes about heartbreak come in.

Not only can leaning into your sad girl era feel kinda satisfying in a main character energy sort of way (Alexa, play “All Too Well 10-Minute Version”), but in our opinion, it can be downright healthy. No, you don’t want to stay sad forever (and trust us, you won’t be). But sometimes, as they say, the only way out is through. To actually overcome your sadness, you gotta let yourself really feel it.

So take this as full permission to get all the way in your feels, with a little help from some of the most poignant words about heartbreak ever written. Yes, we’re encouraging you to indulge your sadness, but these quotes might actually help you feel better, too. Having a broken heart can feel isolating, but these wise words of heartache are here to remind you that you’re actually not alone. Yes, even gorgeous gifts unto this earth like our lord and savior Ms. Taylor Alison Swift get their hearts broken.

Without further ado, here's a list of the most gut-wrenching quotes on heartbreak we could find. Cheers to getting through this—and yes, you will get through it.

  1. “I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.” — L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  2. “And you call me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest. I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying here, 'cause I remember it all, all, all too well.” — Taylor Swift, “All Too Well”
  3. “The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one’s heart—hearts are made to be broken—but that it turns one’s heart to stone.” — Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
  4. “I have not broken your heart—you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.” — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  5. “Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don't.” — Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis
  6. “Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.” — Warsan Shire
  7. “The hottest love has the coldest end.” — Socrates
  8. “I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I'm afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I'd take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you'd forget me.” — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  9. “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” — Adele, “Someone Like You”
  10. “You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.” — Henny Youngman
  11. “There is something bleak and barren about a world that is missing the person who knows you best.” — Jodi Piccoult, The Book of Two Ways
  12. “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” — Emily Dickinson, 809
  13. “I thought that I’d been been hurt before but no one’s ever left me quite this sore. Your words cut deeper than a knife. Now I need someone to breathe me back to life.” — Shawn Mendes, “Stitches”
  14. “And did the twin flame bruise paint you blue? Just between us, did the love affair maim you too?” —Taylor Swift, “All Too Well”
  15. “What about us? What about all the broken happy ever afters?” — Pink, “What about us?”
  16. “These wounds won't seem to heal, this pain is just too real” — Evanescence, “My Immortal”
  17. “My heart no longer felt as if it belonged to me. It now felt as if it had been stolen, torn from my chest by someone who wanted no part of it.” — Meredith Taylor, Churning Water
  18. “To fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful.” — Bess Myerson
  19. “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.” — Alvy Singer, Annie Hall
  20. “Why’d you have to say goodbye? Look what you’ve done to me. I can’t stop these tears from fallin’ from my eyes.” — Mary J. Blige, “I’m Goin’ Down”
  21. “Thinking of you is a poison I drink often.” — Atticus
  22. “The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” — Carroll Bryant
  23. Oh you broke my heart. I told you I was weak for love, but then you went around, and did what you wanted to do, and now I'm crying.Miley CyrusFU
  24. “I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.” — Christie Brinkley
  25. “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” — Kahlil Gibran
  26. “Now I'll go sit on the floor wearing your clothes. All that I know is I don't know how to be something you miss.” —Taylor Swift, “Last Kiss”
  27. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” — E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
  28. “Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.”— Mineko Iwasaki
  29. “I think heartbreak is something you learn to live with as opposed to learn to forget.” — Kate Winslet
  30. “Since you’ve gone I’ve been lost without a trace. I dream at night, I can only see your face.” — The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
  31. “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.” — Halsey, “Colors”
  32. “It is strange how often a heart must be broken. Before the years can make it wise.” — Sara Teasdale, The Collected Poems
  33. "Loving you is like a battle, and we both end up with scars." — Lauryn Hill, “Ex-Factor”
  34. “I wish I were a little girl again because skinned knees are easier to fix than a broken heart.” — Julia Roberts
  35. “My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart, concealing it, will break.” — William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew
  36. “Back then, in those first days, I was so alone that every day was like eating my own heart.” — Junot Diaz, This is How You Lose Her
  37. “The scars of your love remind me of us. They keep me thinking that we almost had it all.” — Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
  38. “Ever since I met you my life’s been a song. A sad song, a love song with hate in between.” — Willie and Lukas Nelson, “Sound of Your Memory”
  39. “Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.” — Alphonse de Lamartine
  40. “Love hurts worse than getting slammed by a 250-pound linebacker.” — Miranda Kenneally
  41. “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.” — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
  42. “My feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping but I shall go on living.” — Pablo Neruda
  43. “When your heart is broken, you plant seeds in the cracks and you pray for rain.” — Andrea Gibson
  44. “The greatest tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.” — W. Somerset Maugham
  45. “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 that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” — Neil Gaiman
  46. “All I wanted was to break your walls. All you ever did was wreck me.” — Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
  47. “I scratched out your name and your face. What is it about you that I can't erase, baby? Well every promise don't work out that way” — Beyoncé, “Sandcastles”
  48. “It turns out freedom ain't nothin' but missin' you. Wishin' I'd realized what I had when you were mine.” — Taylor Swift, “Back to December”
  49. “In another life I would make you stay, so I don’t have to say you were the one that got away.” — Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away”
  50. “Tell me the truth boy, am I losing you for good? We used to kiss all night, but now there's just no use.” — Solange, “Losing You”
  51. “I mean, at the end of the day, what the hell does it matter who I end up with if it can't be you?” — Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden
  52. “I don't think anyone can give you advice when you've got a broken heart.” — Britney Spears
  53. “There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.” — Ranata Suzuki
  54. We only said goodbye with words. I died a hundred times. You go back to her, and I go back to black.” — Amy Winehouse, “Back to Black”
  55. “Look at this godforsaken mess that you made me. You showed me colors you know I can't see with anyone else.” — Taylor Swift, “Illicit Affairs”
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