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100 Sad Love Quotes to Keep You Strong

If you’re currently single or you’ve recently broken up with someone, you may be feeling sad and alone. This feeling can be exacerbated especially when everyone around you seems to have found their special someone and is moving on with their lives.  

At times like this, you might want to take a minute to go through this list of 100 sad love quotes that we’ve put together, as they could help brighten up your day a little. Let’s take a look.  

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“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” 

Kahlil Gibran 

“Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your story.”  

Faraaz Kazi

“Don’t let the scars on your heart define the way you love.” 

Laura Chouette

“When you think you’re first falling in love, just then you realize you’re falling out of love.”  

David Grayson

“Falling in love is like holding a candle. Initially, it lightens up the world around you. Then it starts melting and hurts you. Finally, it goes off and everything is darker than ever and all you are left with is the… BURN!”  

Syed Arshad

“It’s amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces.”  

Ella Harper

“You make me feel like a firefly. Trapped in a bell jar; starved for love.”  

Ayushee Ghoshal

“There is love, of course. And then there’s life, its enemy.”  

Jean Anouilh

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”  

Washington Irving

“Nothing is worse than when someone who’s supposed to love you just leaves.”

Ava Dellaira 

“I’ve tried to reclaim a lost love and didn’t know how to do it.”  

Sam Worthington

“I cannot eat, I cannot drink; the pleasures of youth and love are fled away: there was a good time once, but now that is gone, and life is no longer life.”  


“There is one pain, I often feel, which you will never know. It’s caused by the absence of you.”  

Ashleigh Brilliant

“Love lies in those unsent drafts in your mailbox. Sometimes you wonder whether things would have been different if you’d clicked ‘Send.”  

Faraaz Kazi

“How could an Angel break my heart? Why didn’t he catch my falling star? I wish I didn’t wish so hard. Maybe I wished our love apart.”  

Toni Braxton

“It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.” 

Henry Rollins

 “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

“Our greatest joy and our greatest pain come in our relationships with others.”

Stephen R. Covey 

“Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

Leonardo da Vinci 

“It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.” 

Miguel de Unamuno

“You can close your eyes to things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to things you don’t want to feel.”  

Johnny Depp

“He was acting like our kiss had broken him, and his reaction was breaking me.” 

Shannon A. Thompson 

“I wonder if I could take back every ‘I love you’ ever said to you, would I do it?”

Faraaz Kazi 

“Love isn’t there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure.”

Hermann Hesse 

“I wish I could give you my pain just for one moment so you can understand how much you hurt me.”

Mohsen El-Guindy 

“You ruin your love because you don’t think you deserve anything good.” 

Warsan Shire

“The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”  

Carl Jung

“It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”  

Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard.”  

David Levithan

“To fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful.”  

Bess Myerson

“She is with me because she needs my money, not my love.”  

Priyanshu Singh

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”  

Maya Angelou

“Absence from whom we love is worse than death and frustrates hope severer than despair.”

William Cowper

“The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.” 

Benjamin Disraeli

“I wanted to punch him and understand him at the same time.”  

Shannon A. Thompson

“I write you a letter that begins with I love you and ends with I love you and somewhere in the middle is one goodbye for every hurt.” 

Patricia Smith

“Who would have listened to his tales of woe when his love was the flickering lamp over his own decaying tomb?”  

Faraaz Kazi

“Dear Juliet. I could relate to her pain. Black misery painted on a blood red heart. Death would be more bearable than life without Romeo.”  

Marilyn Grey

“The loneliness I feel when I am alone is better than the sadness I feel when I am with you.”  

Garima Soni

“He was my sweetest fantasy and my bitter reality.”  

Luffina Lourduraj

“Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” 

Bette Davis

“I think about you. But I don’t say it anymore.”  

Marguerite Duras

“One day you’re going to remember me and how much I loved you… then you’re going to hate yourself for letting me go.”  

Aubrey Drake Graham

“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.”  

Henny Youngman

“I won’t ever leave you, even though you’re always leaving me.”  

Audrey Niffenegger

“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

“You left with my soul in your fists and my heart in your teeth, and I don’t want either of them back.”  

Colleen Hoover

“I don’t know why they call it heartbreak. It feels like every other part of my body is broken too.” 

Terri Guillemets

“You flew off with the wings of my heart and left me flightless.”  

Stelle Atwater

“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 

“Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.” 

Warsan Shire

“When your heart is broken, you plant seeds in the cracks and you pray for rain.” 

Andrea Gibson 

“I will never love another. Not like I loved you. I just don’t have the love for it again.”   


“What a painful thing to taste forever in the eyes of someone who doesn’t see the same.”  

Perry Poetry

“She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen.”  

Lloyd Dobler

“The saddest thing is to be a minute to someone when you’ve made them your eternity.”

Sanober Kahn

“The only thing a boyfriend was good for was a shattered heart.”

Becca Fitzpatrick 

“Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”

Cassandra Clare

“I gave you the best of me.”

Nicholas Sparks

“The human heart is the only thing whose worth increases the more it is broken.” 

Shakieb Orgunwall 

“Sometimes you have to deprive someone of the pleasure of being with you so that they can realize how much they need you in their lives.”  

Osayi Osar-Emokpae

“I wanted love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything.”  

David Levithan

“My heart’s cracking apart all over again because of the way I’ve missed him.” 

Jolene Perry 

“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

“Two words. Three vowels. Four consonants. Seven letters. It can either cut you open to the core and leave you in ungodly pain or it can free your soul and lift a tremendous weight off your shoulders. The phrase is: It’s over.” 

Maggi Richard

“Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have.”

Tabitha Suzuma 

“If love is like driving a car, then I must be the worst driver in the world. I missed all the signs and ended up lost.”  

Brian MacLearn

“It is the heart that has been pierced that feels the most.”  

Jocelyn Murray

“Lonely’s a different kind of pain, it doesn’t hurt as bad as heartbreak. I preferred it and embraced it ‘cause I reckoned it was one or the other.”  

Kristen Ashley

“The heart is heaviest when it’s empty and lightest when it’s full.”  

Helen Scott Taylor

“Thinking of you is a poison I drink often.”  


“Love is only made more valuable by the risk of heartbreak.” 

Alessandra Torre

“I am hopelessly in love with a memory. An echo from another time, another place.”   

Michael Faudet

“Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret.”

Laura Kasischke

“I will never regret you or say I wish I’d never met you. Because once upon a time you were exactly what I needed.” 

Bob Marley

“You’re going to wake up one day and realize what you’ve done, and you’re going to regret the time you wasted apart from him for the rest of your life.”  

Jamie McGuire, Providence

“One day you’ll finally see, your biggest mistake was not loving me.”  

Nishan Panwar

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” 

Hermann Hesse 

“Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities.”  

Patti Roberts

“Being heartbroken doesn’t mean you stop feeling. Just the opposite — it means you feel it all more.”  

Julie Johnson

“Nothing helps a broken heart like having someone wonderful give you theirs.”  

Rita Stradling

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.” 

Nicholas Sparks 

“Perhaps someday I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.”  

Sylvia Plath

“I didn’t lose you. You lost me. You’ll search for me inside of everyone you’re with and I won’t be found.”  

R.H. Sin

“You didn’t break my heart; you freed it.”  

Steve Maraboli

“The saddest thing about love is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.”  

William Faulkner

“A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.”  

Marilyn Monroe

“It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.” 

Sara Teasdale 

“You can’t have heartbreak without love. If your heart was really broken, then at least you know you really loved him.”  

Leila Sales

“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 broken heart is just the growing pains necessary so that you can love more completely when the real thing comes along.”  

J.S.B. Mors

“Pain makes you stronger. Tears make you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser.” 

Marc & Angel 

“The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.”  

Robert James Waller

“Once you had put the pieces back together, even though you may look intact, you were never quite the same as you’d been before the fall.”  

Jodi Picoult

“This time I wouldn’t forget him, because I couldn’t ever forgive him – for breaking my heart twice.” – James Patterson 

“It’s hard asking someone with a broken heart to fall in love again.”  

Eric Kripke

“So here’s the thing with broken hearts. No matter how you try, the pieces never fit the way they did before.” 


“She took a step and didn’t want to take any more, but she did.”  

Markus Zusak

“I know my heart will never be the same, but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.”  

Sara Evans

“The heart will break, but broken lives on.”

Lord Byron 

Wrapping Up  

We hope you enjoyed these quotes and that they helped you to get out your emotions. If so, make sure to share them with someone else who may also be going through the same experience as you.

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.