16 Quotes To Comfort You When You’re Feeling Heartbroken

When you’re heartbroken, it feels like no one in the world could understand the pain you’re in. But everyone suffers from a broken heart at some point in their lives, and some people write about it. Here are quotes about being heartbroken that will make you start to feel whole again.

  1. “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe It’s hard to believe when you’re in the thick of it, but the end of your relationship is the beginning of something new, and more often than not, that new path is even better than what you planned.
  2. “One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.” – Romain Rolland You might find yourself wishing you’d never fallen for the person who broke your heart, but once you’ve pulled yourself out of the pain and sadness, you will not regret having loved. You should always feel proud of your heart’s capacity.
  3. “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 Sure, you could go to counseling, but why not spend that money on retail therapy instead? Never underestimate the power of a new pair of shoes or a pair of jeans to remind you who you are when you’ve lost yourself.
  4. “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 Losing a relationship is about more than the person. It’s the loss of the life you thought you were going to have. You find yourself alone and completely at a loss for how to go forward. The key to a breakup is to get to a place where not knowing is just as exciting as knowing the future.
  5. “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” – Guy Finley Sometimes it feels like you can’t let go. But when you realize that you are the only person stopping you from moving on, you will feel like you control your life again, and that will liberate you.
  6. “One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” – Mandy Hale Focusing on loss when you’re suffering from heartbreak is natural. It’s hard not to fixate on the person you don’t have anymore. But re-framing this time as an opportunity to get to know yourself again will open your eyes to a whole new world of possibility.
  7. “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” – Candace Bushnell When you’re heartbroken, your instinct might be to retreat into your emotions and shut everyone out. No one can know exactly what you’re going through because every broken heart is different, but you will always benefit from surrounding yourself with friends. Your friends will distract you, shower you with emotional support, and remind you that your romantic problems are no match for the love you share with them.
  8. “He loved me. He loved me, but he doesn’t love me anymore, and it’s not the end of the world.” – Jennifer Weiner A lot of people suffer from self-doubt and low self-esteem after a breakup. You wonder what you did wrong and assume that there is something unlovable about you that made the other person leave. But most relationships fall apart. That’s a fact. Most people go through many partners before they meet the person that they’re destined to be with. It’s okay. Just be glad you didn’t get stuck with someone who wasn’t right for you. Being dumped is not the end of the world. It happens to everyone.
  1. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin One of the best ways to avoid drowning in heartbreak, ironically, is to read about other people’s experiences with the same situation. It will make you feel comforted and understood. Let your pain be reflected and unpacked in the words of others. It will deepen your understanding of where you are and what you have to look forward to.
  2. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama If you’re heartbroken, chances are, it wasn’t your choice. Being broken up with hurts, there is no way around it. But once the pain eases, you will be struck by how your life changes for the better. The upheaval that comes with a breakup will settle into something new and wonderful.
  3. “You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.” – Cheryl Strayed Do not get hung up on trying to get back together with the person who broke your heart. There is nothing you could have done to make them love you. Love is a mysterious beast. There is no formula to predict when and whether it will strike. You cannot choose who you love, just as you can’t choose who loves you. Don’t waste your time trying to understand or change an ungovernable entity.
  4. “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor Look, you could wallow in sadness, or you could reclaim your power. It was just a relationship. It’s over now. There are billions of people in the world. The numbers are in your favor. Don’t dwell in negativity any longer than you have to. It’s no fun.
  5. “Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny.” – Joan Rivers Don’t waste time being miserable. In the grand scheme of things, one failed relationship means little unless you let it define you. Embrace the humor of the situation and don’t get bogged down in sadness. Life is too short.
  6. “I don’t think much about guys from the past. I’m glad I knew them, but there’s a reason they didn’t make it into my future.” – Lorraine Zago Rosenthal This is one of the best quotes for the heartbroken. Even if you thought your partner was The One, your breakup proves that they weren’t. You can’t question that unless you know the door is still open and are prepared to go through it. You will cling to the past because you want the pain to stop, but once you accept that it wasn’t meant to be, you’ll be able to look ahead.
  7. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Breakups are hard. You can’t simply move on, even though you know you have to. It takes time. It hurts. You’ll relapse into wanting to text your ex. There isn’t a standard path to follow when you have a broken heart. Everyone processes it differently. Do what you can with what you have. Above all, be patient and relentlessly kind to yourself.
  8. “Thank you, next.” – Ariana Grande In all of the sadness that you feel after losing your relationship, try to focus on what you’ve gained. Even if it was a bad relationship, you have learned from it. Go through the lessons in your mind. Embrace gratitude, and look to the future.
Rose Nolan is a writer and editor from Austin, TX who focuses on all things female and fabulous. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Surrey and a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Law. She’s been writing professional since 2015 and, in addition to her work for Bolde, she’s also written for Ranker and Mashed. She's published articles on topics ranging from travel, higher education, women's lifestyle, law, food, celebrities, and more.