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Quotations about Heartache

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Love lingers…
Sweet scent in an empty bottle.
~Barbara F. Craigie, "Love Lingers," in College Verse, November 1931

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.  I miss you like hell.  ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

[A] final comfort that is small, but not cold:  The heart is the only broken instrument that works.  ~T.E. Kalem

Sometimes I wish I were a little kid again, skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts.  ~Author Unknown

God is closest to those with broken hearts.  ~Jewish Saying

God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.  ~Author Unknown

What is the opposite of two?  A lonely me, a lonely you.  ~Richard Wilbur

Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.  ~Author Unknown

Sadness flies away on the wings of time. ~Jean de La Fontaine

I don't know why they call it heartbreak — it feels like every other part of my body is broken too. ~Terri Guillemets

Nothing remains but the bare, gray ashes from the once bright fires of love. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. ~Rosa Parks

I thought when love for you died, I should die.
It's dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.
~Rupert Brooke

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning, and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux, The Madwoman of Chaillot, 1948, English adaptation by Maurice Valency

Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.  ~Lamartine

When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal.  ~Author Unknown

Relationships are like glass.  Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together.  ~Author Unknown

I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, but not my love to see.
~Edmund Spenser

The broken heart is broadest. ~Emily Dickinson, 1881

With what a deep devotedness of woe
I wept thy absence - o'er and o'er again
Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,
And memory, like a drop that, night and day,
Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
~Thomas Moore

Love is like a puzzle.  When you're in love, all the pieces fit but when your heart gets broken, it takes a while to get everything back together.  ~Author Unknown

Oh, was there no loving without hurt? Was there no pure essence of love unpoisoned by pain and heartbreak? ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, But the Morning Will Come, 1949

Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.
~Edwin Markham, "Victory in Defeat," 1909

[N]o moment must be lost when a heart is breaking, for though it broke so long, each time is newer than the last, if it broke truly. ~Emily Dickinson

Bad as I like ye, it's worse without ye. ~Irish proverb

Loss leaves us empty — but learn not to close your heart and mind in grief. Allow life to replenish you. When sorrow comes it seems impossible — but new joys will fill the void. ~Pam Brown, To Someone Special, Wishing You Happiness, 2008,

My heart may be broken, but it will never stop loving. ~Jessica Garay, @sickwonderland, September 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden

If we must part forever,
Give me but one kind word to think upon,
And please myself with, while my heart's breaking.
~Thomas Otway

Time catalogues heartbreak as love poetry. ~Terri Guillemets

Yet leave me not; yet, if thou wilt, be free;
Love me no more, but love my love of thee.
~Algernon Charles Swinburne

Don't worry about losing.  If it is right, it happens - The Main thing is not to hurry.  Nothing good gets away.  ~John Steinbeck, 10 November 1958

My love-lies-bleeding. ~Thomas Campbell

You flew off with the wings of my heart and left me flightless. ~Terri Guillemets

Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it. ~Samuel Johnson

Sometimes what gets to you most isn't the large holes that get ripped from your heart but the fraying of its edges — when what held you together isn't anymore. ~Terri Guillemets

Walking, working, barely breathing
My thoughts, far away
Heart aching, mind racing
Sleep does not come easily, nor last long....
~Peter Winstanley

Ask me why I keep on loving you when it's clear that you don't feel the same way for me... the problem is that as much as I can't force you to love me, I can't force myself to stop loving you.  ~Author Unknown

Heartache awaits the next love as a seed awaits the spring. ~Terri Guillemets

When those we love betray our trust,
We find the depth of human pain;
Oh, let me rise above these hurts
Until the sun shines, once again!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "My Prayer" (1940s)

Maybe part of loving is learning to let go.  ~From the television show The Wonder Years

Heartbreak wanders throughout the body — it's a lack of oxygen to the soul, a chain dragging from the mind, a poisoning of the blood, a sorrowful symphony drowning out all else. ~Terri Guillemets

It's not love's going hurts my days
But that it went in little ways.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

My heart, my heart is heavy
Though May shines bright on all...
~Heinrich Heine, "Der Heimkehr," translated from German by Hal Draper

My heart has cried a deep red grief since you've been gone, pulsing crimson pain. ~Terri Guillemets

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.  You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that 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' 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 real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain.  I hate love.  ~Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

The love that makes you feel light as a feather is the love that makes your heart feel heaviest when it goes. ~Terri Guillemets

...Lost in your heart, lost in your eyes
Lost every day, no map to follow
Entire days, weeks, a blur
Flickers of light, in the darkness,
Only to be enveloped in shadows once more...
~Peter Winstanley

You left, and my heart is a ceaseless sermon of loneliness. ~Terri Guillemets

I never knew until that moment how bad it could hurt to lose something you never really had. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

How strange that the sun can be shining
      And the world be looking so fair,
      When my heart is downcast with sorrow
      And pain that is so hard to bear!
How strange there is bright, children's laughter;
      That gaiety reigns every place,
      When darkness is swirling about me
      And covering all of God's face!...
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "How Strange!" (1940s)

How strange that the moon shines in glory
      And the stars are wondrously bright,
      When the one whom I thought had loved me
      Has failed me, and now all is night!
How strange the sun rises each morning
      And sets every night, as of yore,
      When my heart is, so surely, breaking
      For the one I'd loved more and more!
I pray God will heal all my heartache
      And I'll o'ercome all of this pain;
      That my soul may be filled with gladness,
      And peace will be mine, once again.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "How Strange!" (1940s)

Soul sells life for the price of heartache. ~Terri Guillemets

They say “follow your heart,” but if your heart is in a million pieces which piece do you follow? ~Author Unknown

Love blooms petals, thorns, and nettles. ~Terri Guillemets

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.  ~Charlie Brown

How beautiful the yesterday that stood Over me like a rainbow! I am alone, The past is past. I see the future stretch All dark and barren as a rainy sea. ~Alexander Smith

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. ~J.K. Rowling, "The Parting of the Ways," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000  [Albus Dumbledore —tg]

My joy was skipping
Around our love—
It tripped.
~Terri Guillemets

I prithee send me back my heart,
Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
Why, then, shouldst thou have mine?
~John Suckling

A broken spirit is pieces of poetry waiting to be written. ~Terri Guillemets

There's May amid the meadows
There's May amid the trees...
Above the rippling river
May swallows skim and dart;
November and December
Keep watch within my heart.
~Amy Levy, "A Dirge," c.1884

The spring breathes in the breezes,
The woods with wood-notes ring,
And all the budding hedgerows
Are fragrant of the spring.
In secret, silent places
The live green things upstart;
Ice-bound, ice-crown'd dwells winter
For ever in my heart.
~Amy Levy, "A Dirge," c.1884

They say that time heals all wounds, but all it's done so far is give me more hours to think about how much I miss you. ~Terri Guillemets

Yes, I will go.  I would rather grieve over your absence than over you.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Even though your broken heart may never heal,
Bless those who help hold the pieces together.
~Terri Guillemets

Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, oh give me back my heart!
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Maid of Athens"

Let no one who loves be unhappy... even love unreturned has its rainbow.  ~James Matthew Barrie

As soon as forever is through, I'll be over you.  ~Toto

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