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100 Broken Heart Quotes to Help You Move Forward

Below you’ll find our collection of inspirational and comforting broken heart quotes to help you get over the pain of a heartbreak.

Of all the things that cause us pain, a heartbreak is one of the most devastating. When your loved one breaks your heart, you feel like your world has come to an end.

However, despite this pain, life goes on. Regardless of the amount of pain you may feel, you should move past the pain and heartbreak and continue with your life. 

Nothing lasts forever, and although you might be experiencing immense pain, you have to move onFriendships wither with time, activities that you used to love become boring, people move on, and things get old. Yes, moving on is hard, but once you get past the pain, you’ll realize that you had the strength to move forward.

To help you get past the pain caused by heartbreak, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and comforting broken heart quotes, broken heart sayings, and broken heart proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Broken Heart Quotes to Help You Move Forward

1.) “One day you’re going to remember me and how much I loved you… then you’re gonna hate yourself for letting me go.“ – Aubrey Drake Graham


2.) “As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling.“ – Marilyn Monroe


3.) “Never let a bad person change your inner goodness.” – Karen Salmansohn


4.) “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”- Mark Twain


5.) “Sadness flies away on the wings of time.”- Jean de La Fontaine

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6.) “Note to heart: Don’t keep running back to the person you should be walking away from.” – Karen Salmansohn


7.) “Breaking up. It happens kind of suddenly. One minute, you’re holding hands walking down the street, and the next minute, you’re lying on the floor crying and all the good CDs are missing.” – Kennedy Kasares


8.) “It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


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


10.) “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”- Robert Frost

Broken heart quotes to help you forget the past and move on

11.) “The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.”- Allen Klein


12.) “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”- Alexander Graham Bell


13.) “A wounded deer leaps highest.” — Emily Dickinson

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14.) “In the depths of sorrow we will eventually find an unwavering light.” – Unknown


15.) “Your experience of grief is powerful, yet so is your ability to love and heal.” – Unknown


16.) “You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them … but still move on without them” — Mandy Hale


17.) “Pain makes you stronger, fear makes you braver, heartbreak makes you wiser.” – Unknown


18.) “Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.” — The Wizard of Oz


19.) “Not all those who wander are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien


20.) “A broken heart does not mean you are broken. The crack is there to let the light in.” – Unknown

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21.) “I thought when love for you died, I should die. Its dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.” – Rupert Brooke

22.) “Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ” – Jean Giraudoux

23.) “A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works.” — T.E. Kalem

24.) “Love is unconditional. Relationships are not.” – Grant Gudmunson

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25.) “When you have your heart broken for the first time, you gain depth. – Sienna Miller

26.) “I’ve been heartbroken. I’ve broken hearts. That’s part of life, and it’s part of figuring out who you are so you can find the right partner. – Heidi Klum

27.) “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”– Steve Maraboli

28.) “The best way to heal a broken heart, it turns out, is to find a way to move past the hurt.” – Mary Kay Andrews

29.) “When life seems hopeless, rearrange things for a dose of dopeness.”– Kid Cudi

30.) “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

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31.) “Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” – Jackson Kiddard

32.) “It’s not a matter of letting go – you would if you could. Instead of “Let it go” we should probably say “Let it be”. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

33.) “Change has to come for life to struggle forward.”– Helen Hollick

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34.) “Don’t waste your time looking back at what you lost. Move on, life is not meant to be traveled backwards.” – Unknown

35.) “When the wrong people leave your life, the right things start to happen.” – Unknown

36.) “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

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

38.) “Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering…” – Hal Tipper

39.) “You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them, but still move on without them.” – Mandy Hale

40.) “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

Inspirational broken heart quotes to give you the courage you need

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

42.) “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey

43.) “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.” – Theodore Roosevelt

44.) “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling

45.)  “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” – Raymond Lindquist

broken heart quotes on letting go

46.) “Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” – Steve Maraboli

47.) “If another girl steals your man, there’s no better revenge than letting her keep him. Real men can’t be stolen.” – Kid Cudi

48.) “Moving on isn’t about not loving someone anymore and forgetting them. It’s about having the strength to say I still love you, but you’re not worth this pain.” – Ritu Ghatourey

49.) “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.” – Seneca

50.) “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

Broken heart quotes to help you heal

51.) “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.” – Terry Pratchett

52.) “You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever ‘the old’ means for you.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

53.) “Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.” – Unknown

54.) “Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Octavia Butler

55.) “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu

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56.) “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S Lewis

57.) “The bottom line is this; when one person stops being a part of your life, another one will come, and fill that empty space. Leave the ones who left in the past, right where they belong, and never look back.” – Ena Snow

58.) “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping-stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johny Cash

59.) “Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.” – Carrie Underwood

60.) “You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.” – Oprah Winfrey

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61.) “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” — Cherokee Indian Proverb

62.) “The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.” — Jonathan Lockwood Huie

63.) “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

64.) “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

65.) “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

66.) “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” – Dan Brown

broken heart quotes on letting go of your past

67.) “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” – Unknown

68.) “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a damn about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.” – Johnny Depp

69.) “It was strange, really. A couple months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.” – Gabrielle Zevin

70.) “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr

Broken heart quotes to inspire and teach

71.) “Life is life a bicycle. To keep you balance you must keep moving.” –Albert Einstein

72.) “Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things, it just means you have to accept what happened and continue living.” – Unknown

73.) “If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” –Billy Idol


74.) “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”― Tupac Shakur


75.) “It’s hard to be clear about who you are when you are carrying around a bunch of baggage from the past. I’ve learned to let go and move more quickly into the next place.” –Angelina Jolie


76.) “Follow your own path and let people talk.” –Dante

broken heart quotes on following your own path


77.) “As long as you as an individual… can convince yourself that in order to move forward as best you can you have to be optimistic, you can be described as ‘one of the faithful,’ one of those people who can say, ‘Well, look, something’s going to happen! Let’s just keep trying. Let’s not give up.” –Tom Hanks

78.) “Just because I laugh a lot doesn’t mean my life is easy. Just because I have a smile on my face every day doesn’t mean that something is not bothering me. It’s just that I choose to move on with the negatives in my life and keep my head up instead of dwelling on the past.” – Unknown


79.) “ Don’t afraid to move on and start a new chapter.” –Unknown


80.) “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

Broken heart quotes to help you move on


81.) “And maybe a happy ending doesn’t include a guy, maybe… it’s you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. Maybe the happy ending is… just… moving on.” – Unknown


82.) “Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.” – Paulo Coelho


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


84.) “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell


85.) “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” – Drew Gerald

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86.) “Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again.” – Dawson’s Creek


87.) “One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” – B. Nicole


88.) “If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” – Amit Ray


89.) “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – J.P. Morgan


90.) “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

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91.) “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass – It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene


92.) “A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath.” – Anthony Liccione


93.) “Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma


94.) “Pain will leave you, when you let go.” – Unknown

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95.) “If you’ve fallen down, today is the day you can get back up and try again.”– Amelie Chance


96.) “Some things are just never meant to be, no matter how much we wish they were.”- Unknown


97.) “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”–Christopher Columbus


98.) “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” —Hermann Hesse


99.) “I think that you never fall out of love with somebody, you just let go and move on.” —Ashley Rickards


100.)” You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.” – Guy Finley

Which of these broken heart quotes was your favorite?

Pain is a part of life. Whether we like it or not, we are all going to experience it at some point in our lives.

The most important thing is to accept the pain, feel it and let it go. Hopefully, the above broken heart quotes have given you the motivation you need to move forward after a heartbreak.

Which of these broken heart quotes resonated with you best? Do you have any other broken heart quotes to add to the list? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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