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70 Helpful Bad Relationship Quotes About Moving On

Here is a powerful collection of bad relationships quotes to help you think about your best next steps when your personal relationships are not where you want them to be.

Even the best of us have been in a bad relationship at least once in our lives.

Often, we needed the right inspiration, support, or that little push, to help us close that chapter.

It can help to read the words of others who have been in similar situations before us, or to know that these feelings will pass.

Perhaps the most meaningful are to see others who have successfully moved on and been the better for it.

In that vein, here are some inspirational quotes about leaving a bad relationship.


The Best Sayings and Quotes about Leaving a Bad Relationship


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

1.) “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” – Nicholas Sparks


2.) “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.’” – Joel Osteen, ‘Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential’


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

3.) “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, ‘Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul’


4.) “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” – C. JoyBell C.


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

5.) “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


6.) “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” – Steve Maraboli


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

7.) “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” – Mary Manin Morrissey


8.) “Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus, or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.” – C. JoyBell C.


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

9.) “Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.” – Tori Amos, ‘Tori Amos: From the Choirgirl Hotel’


10.) “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami, ‘Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile’


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

11.) “If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” – Shannon L. Alder


Bad Relationship Quotes that are Painfully True

12.) “It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else” – Phil McGraw


13.) “Sometimes we must undergo hardships, breakups, and narcissistic wounds, which shatter the flattering image that we had of ourselves, in order to discover two truths: that we are not who we thought we were; and that the loss of a cherished pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true happiness and well-being.” – Jean-Yves Leloup


14.) “I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?” – Nicholas Sparks


15.) “What’s broken is broken — and I’d rather remember it as it was than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.” – Margaret Mitchell


16.) “Until you let go of all the toxic people in your life you will never be able to grow into your fullest potential. Let them go so you can grow.” – DLQ


17.) “Poisonous relationships can alter our perception. You can spend many years thinking you’re worthless. But you’re not worthless. You’re underappreciated.” – Steve Maraboli


18.) “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” – Michael J. Fox


19.) “We teach people how to treat us.” – Dr. Phil


20.) “A relationship without trust is like a car without gas, you can stay in it all you want, but it won’t go anywhere.” – Unknown


21.) “Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs.” – Marianne Faithfull


More Beautiful Quotes about Leaving a Bad Relationship and Moving On


22.) “It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.” – Steve Maraboli, ‘Life, the Truth, and Being Free’


23.) “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” – Dan Brown, ‘Deception Point’


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

24.) “Sometimes it takes heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” – Mandy Hale, ‘The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass’


25.) “It was strange, really. A couple months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.” – Gabrielle Zevin, ‘Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac’


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

26.) “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” – Shannon L. Alder


27.) “And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed.” – Sarah Waters, ‘The Little Stranger’


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

28.) “To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea. Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest…” – H.P. Lovecraft


29.) “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.” – Katherine Mansfield


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

30.) “You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.” – Jojo Moyes, ‘After You’


31.) “The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.” – Faraaz Kazi


32.) “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” – Robert Brault



quotes about leaving a bad relationship

33.) “You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.” – Mandy Hale, ‘The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass’


34.) “I had to cease to mourn what could never be and make the most of what was possible. And I would begin doing that by trying to mend the hurts of the past.” – Cameron Dokey, ‘The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of The Ballad of Mulan’


35.) “Even seasonal situations can bring with them lessons that last a lifetime. If the love doesn’t last, it prepares you for the one that will.” – Mandy Hale, ‘The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass’


quotes about leaving a bad relationship

36.) “That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.” – Robyn Schneider, ‘Extraordinary Means’


Bad relationship quotes to help you handle dejection


37.) “No partner in a love relationship… should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.” – May Sarton


38.) “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” – George Washington


39.) “For lack of an occasional expression of love, a relationship strong at the seams can wear thin in the middle.” –Robert Breault


40.) “Love cannot live where there is no trust.” – Edith Hamilton


41.) “How can I let you be a priority in my life, when I’m still an option in your life?” – Hussein Nishah


42.) “A bad relationship can do that, can make you doubt everything good you ever felt about yourself.” – Dionne Warwick


43.) “Relationships are supposed to make you feel good. Relationships are not supposed to make you feel bad.” – Laura Bowers


44.) “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.” – Abraham Lincoln


45.) “Professionalism makes work relationships healthy, foolishness and dishonesty erodes them.” – Ty Howard


46.) “We are responsible for our own relationships, their success, their failures, the good times, the bad times. Take responsibility for creating the relationships that you desire.” – Sam Owen


47.) “I am a strong believer that a bad relationship must be brought to an end, no matter how.” – Unknown


48.) “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. – Washington Irving


49.) “The wrong person will give you less than what you’re worth but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept it.” – Sonya Parker


50.) It is better for someone to break your heart once by leaving your life, than for them to stay in your life and break your heart continually. – Terry Mark


Bad relationship quotes to motivate you to find one that you desire


51.) “Problems in relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.” –
Wayne Dyer


52.) “I think it is a bad relationship when you get blamed for the things that make you who you are.” – Unknown


53.) “The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” – Anthony Robbins


54.) “When you get into a bad relationship the best thing you can do is get out of it as soon you can.” – Unknown


55.) “Relationships end, but they don’t end your life.” – Steve Martin


56.) “When there is no trust at all between the two of you, then you do have a bad relationship then.” – Unknown


57.) “I think a relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” – Woody Allen


58.) “There is no reason to believe that a bad relationship can be fixed, sometimes you have to let go.” – Unknown


59.) “I love to shop after a bad relationship. I don’t know. I buy a new outfit and it makes me feel better. It just does. Sometimes I see a really great outfit, I’ll break up with someone on purpose.” – Rita Rudner


60.) “Love sometimes hurts when you’re not with the right person But, don’t give up loving.” – Unknown


61.) “Learn to walk away from those who cause harm to you.” –  Malika E Nura


Other eye-opening bad relationship quotes


62.) “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


63.) “The death of one relationship always start with the small arguments and then the suspicions.” – Unknown


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


65.) “Relationships end, but they don’t end your life. But people do often spending more time finding out about failed relationships than finding successful ones.” – Unknown


66.) “And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Khalil Gibran


67.) “Sometimes we just fall in love with the wrong people.” – Unknown


68.) “If you’re giving your all and it’s not enough, you’re probably giving it to the wrong person.” – Unknown


69.) “Now I believe it when people say love is blind… because I must have been blind to love a person like you.” –  Mitch Cuento


70.) “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”—Guy Finley


How did you find these quotes about leaving a bad relationship?


It’s alright to feel hesitant or even afraid to cut loose a relationship you know has gone sour. More so if you know you and your partner are already hurting one another. Everyone goes through these emotions, albeit in different situations.

A relationship gone badly doesn’t need to define you – or your happiness in the future. Through the tears, have hope that skies will clear up soon.

It may not be tomorrow, or the day after that. But soon, things will be better. After all, they say that a face full of smiles used to be filled with tears.

We hope these quotes about leaving a bad relationship has helped give you renewed strength and faith to keep moving forward.



  1. Garry Pahwa

    February 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    This one of the best collection of motivating quotes that I ever came across. Keep it up.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      February 4, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      That is so kind of you to say. Thank you very much. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

  2. jagruti

    January 9, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Superb quotes. Great work.Thank you for these points.

  3. Shivangi Sharma

    December 9, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Such a lovely collection of words. It really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      December 14, 2018 at 10:57 am

      That is very kind of you to say. Thank you very much. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

  4. Sam

    October 3, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for those such supporting move on quotes, I need to move on, these quotes will help me.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      November 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      I am so glad to her that. Thank you so much for saying so. I wish you all the best. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

  5. Babar

    September 7, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Sometimes it’s better to be alone. Nobody can hurt you in life!
    I know my silence and my tears will heal my pain..
    Everybody knows that something’s wrong but nobody knows that what’s going on.

    Simply Awesome….

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      November 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you so much. Truly appreciated. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

    • marissa

      January 28, 2019 at 9:25 am

      I would to be alone for awhile and this relationship is bad for me and sometimes my boyfriend always say that bye zoey

  6. Abhay

    July 12, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Dr. Nikki Martinez madam, Great collection. keep up the good work.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      November 21, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much. I truly appreciate that. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

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