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99 Inspirational Breakup Quotes and Sayings to Help You Move On

CL Grant has authored many relationship books, including "30 Day No Contact Rule," "The Reality of Being the Other Woman," and "Ex Addict."

Breakup quotes can help you heal faster.

Breakup quotes can help you heal faster.

Breakups and Moving On

Moving on after a breakup is probably one of the hardest challenges that you will face in your lifetime. It will test you both mentally and physically. Even the strongest of characters may find their life and emotions spiraling out of control. Your mind becomes consumed with thoughts of your ex and the pain that you are experiencing. Your emotions and heartbreak hold you back and stop you from moving forwards. You struggle to get through each and every day.

While the benefits of developing an optimistic outlook on life may not be immediately apparent, it will help reduce your anxiety about what lies ahead. Use these healing quotes about moving on after a breakup to get you into a more positive mindset so that you can put the past behind you and begin looking forward to the future.

Quotes About Breakups and Moving On

  1. We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell
  2. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, or even in a year. But eventually, things will turn up. You will get better and be able to look back and say: “I made it!”
  3. Just because your past didn’t turn out exactly as you wanted it to, doesn't mean your future can’t be better than you ever imagined.
  4. Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. ~ Eckhart Tolle
  5. What appears to be the end, is actually a new beginning.
  6. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, or even in a year. But eventually, things will turn up. You will get better and be able to look back and say: “I made it!”
  7. Some people think it's holding on that makes them strong, when actually, it's being able to let go.
  8. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
  9. Patience is key for getting over a breakup. That and trailing off your interaction after the breakup. ~ Drake
  10. Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

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

Staying Positive

Following a breakup, it is not uncommon to lose your sense of identity and purpose in life. Instead of letting go of the past, you grieve for your ex. Instead of embracing new opportunities, you feel alone and scared. The following quotes and sayings will help you forget the past and look forward to the future.

Positive Quotes to Help You Heal Faster

  1. The poison leaves bit by bit, not all at once. Be patient. You are healing. ~ Yasmin Mogahed
  2. Don't cry over the past, it's gone. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.
  3. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end ~ Robin Sharma
  4. Inhale the future. Exhale the past.
  5. Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. ~ Pema Chodron
  6. If you really want closure, at some point you have to shut the door. ~ Jacki Wells Wunderlin
  7. You don’t need closure. You just need to give yourself permission to move on.~ Steve Harvey
  8. Sometimes, we survive by forgetting.
  9. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.
  10. No matter how badly people treat you, never sink to their level. Just remember that you are better than that and walk away.
  11. When you see me, I want you to recognize what you had, regret what you lost, and realize what you're never getting back.
  12. Sometimes, we have to let go of what's killing us, even if it's killing us to let go.
  13. Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a long time making it.
  14. As soon as your ex sees you smiling, that's the minute they want you back.
  15. The best relationships usually begin unexpectedly.
  16. Just because you miss someone, doesn’t mean you need them back in your life. Missing is just a part of moving on.
  17. Pain is the fist that knocks you down. Forgiveness is the hand that helps you back up again. ~ Doe Zantamata
  18. The best way to predict the future is to create it. ~ Peter Drucker
  19. Some people are going to leave, but that's not the end of your story, That's just the end of their part in your story.
  20. You're not ready for your next, if you're still trying to impress your ex.


Discovering that your ex has cheated on you is extremely painful to deal with. It can act as a barrier that prevents you from finding love again. Once your love has been betrayed, it can be difficult to trust again. However, it is important to remember that the fault lies with your ex and this should not stop you from finding love again.

Betrayal quotes.

Betrayal quotes.

Best Betrayal Quotes

  1. They didn't cheat because of who you are. They chose to cheat because of who they are not. ~ Charles J. Orlando
  2. It was a mistake, you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you. ~ David Levithan
  3. I don’t know what’s worse. People who lie, or people who think I am stupid enough to believe the lies.
  4. When you cheated on me, you threw away a diamond and picked up a rock.
  5. There is always a lesson of a lifetime to learn in every betrayal. ~ Edmond Mbiaka
  6. Trust is like a piece of paper. Once it's been trampled on, it will never be perfect again.
  7. Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It's what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don't let them take that from you. ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon
  8. Betrayal can only happen if you love. ~ John Le Carre
  9. All trust involves vulnerability and risk, and nothing would count as trust if there were no possibility of betrayal. ~ Robert C. Solomon
  10. One of the hardest things you will ever have to do, is to grieve the loss of someone, who is still alive.

Getting Your Own Back!

Have you ever had a heated discussion with someone and, much later on, thought of the perfect retort? Well, you can now be prepared. Next time you have a run-in with your ex, you may wish to use one of these these humorous and slightly sarcastic sayings. Enjoy!

Funny One-Liner Quotes About Your Ex

  1. Guys are like bras, they hook up behind your back.
  2. Cheating is easy. Try something more challenging, like being faithful.
  3. Of course I'm not jealous when I see you with your new love. My parents always taught me to give to those less fortunate than myself.
  4. I may have cried when you left me, but I definitely laughed when I saw who you left me for.
  5. Some people treat relationships like a video game. They play them and when they get bored, they cheat.
  6. I'm truly sorry I hurt your feelings when I called you stupid, but I honestly thought you knew!
  7. Mirrors don't lie and luckily for you, they don't laugh!
  8. You only had one very annoying habit...breathing!
  9. I've found puddles deeper than you.
  10. Nope, I checked my receipt and I definitely didn't buy any of your bullshine!
  11. Don't ever be ashamed of what you did. That's your parents' job.
  12. I miss you like an idiot misses the point.
  13. I have neither the time, nor the crayons, to explain this to you.
  14. All I’m saying is that I’ve never seen you and Satan in the same room.
  15. Just two things. 1. Where have you been all my life? 2. Can you go back there please?
  16. Keep rolling those eyes of yours and you may eventually find a brain cell up there.
  17. I honestly forgive you for dumping me. I realize now that not everybody has perfect taste.
  18. There's no need to repeat yourself. I heard you just fine the first time.
  19. Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered..."who ties your shoelaces for you?"
  20. Ever looked at your ex and wondered,"Was I drunk the entire relationship?"

Forgetting About Your Ex

It is human nature to want what you cannot have. The same is true of your ex. While a reconciliation may seem like the answer to your prayers, it often isn't the right path to adopt. The following can be used to strengthen your resolve.

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Relationship Quotes About Dating Your Ex Again

  1. Dating an ex is the equivalent of failing a test you already had the answers to. ~ Kendrick Cole
  2. Dating your ex again is like buying your clothes back from goodwill. There's a reason you got rid of them in the first place.
  3. When your ex texts to say ‘I miss you’ that really means the other person they tried to replace you with failed.
  4. Never let an old flame burn you twice.
  5. Never go back to an old love. It’s like reading a book, over and over again, when you already know how it ends.
  6. Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.
  7. Getting back with your ex is like taking a shower and then putting your dirty underwear back on.
  8. It's much better to leave your ex in the past, rather than make the same mistake with your future.
  9. Instead of wiping away your tears, wipe away the people who made you cry.
  10. Don’t let the heart that doesn’t love you, keep you from the one that will.

Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams.

— Brad Sugars

Feeling Heartbroken

It is perfectly natural to feel heartbroken after a split. Nonetheless, there comes a time when the tears and self-pity must stop. If you are still suffering, then the following quotes may offer you some comfort.

Quotes for a Broken Heart

  1. I am so proud of my heart. It’s been played, burned and broken, but somehow, it still works.
  2. Being single is better than being lied to, cheated on and disrespected.
  3. When love is real, it doesn’t lie, cheat, pretend or keep secrets.
  4. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~ M. Kathleen Casey
  5. It only takes one bad ex to realize you deserve so much more.
  6. The worst kind of hurt is betrayal, because it means someone was willing to hurt you, just to make themselves feel better.
  7. I thought I still loved you but then I realized I only loved the memories of the person I had thought you were.
  8. Sometimes, your heart just needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.
  9. What consumes your mind, controls your life.
  10. Stop treating yourself as a victim of your past. Just be a confident survivor and you will be able to handle anything. ~ Aarti Khurana
Mean breakup quotes.

Mean breakup quotes.

Controlling Your Emotions

Once the grieving process is over, you may feel the need to vent your anger. Rather than letting your ex know that they are still "under your skin," it is far better to adopt a more constructive approach to dealing with your emotions. After all, you wouldn't want your ex to think that you were still bitter...would you?

When used at the right moment, a carefully constructed sentence can have far greater impact than any physical punch to the gut. So, choose your words wisely and always be prepared.

Words cut deeper than knives. A knife can be pulled out, words are embedded into our souls.

— William Chapman

Mean Breakup Lines and Sayings

  1. Sorry for all the things I said about you, but I guess the truth always hurts.I will always be eternally grateful that you set me free and gave me the opportunity to discover my true worth.
  2. When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.
  3. Thanks for showing me that I was down-dating with you.
  4. You remind me of a penny. Two-faced and not worth very much.
  5. Waiting for you is like waiting for the rain in a drought. Useless and disappointing.
  6. I don't like to call it revenge. Returning the favor sounds better.
  7. Revenge is beneath me, but accidents do happen!
  8. If only more people were fluent in the art of silence.
  9. Thank you for showing me what I don't need in my life.
  10. Roses are red, violets are blue. I've got 5 fingers and the middle one's for you.
  11. I was better than your ex. I'll be better than your next. And I sure as hell, am better than the rest.
  12. I may not be perfect, but at least I'm not you.
  13. Everyone has the right to be stupid, but you're really abusing the privilege.
  14. Thankfully, you're no longer part of my life, but I wish you all the best with yours.
  15. My heart has no room for you, but the trunk of my car definitely does.
  16. You're not even worth the calories I burn talking to you.
  17. I’m not insulting you. I’m describing you.
  18. Don’t take yourself so seriously, no one else does.
  19. I’m busy right now, can I ignore you some other time?

Benefits of Using Daily Quotes

Used regularly, inspirational quotes can help you recover from your breakup more quickly, stay focused on your future and stop you from wallowing in self-pity. They can serve to remind you that you are not alone and help inject hope into an otherwise bleak outlook.

Simply select which quotes you best relate to, jot them down on sticky notes and splash them around your home. If you have a journal or gratitude diary, write them down and read them on a regular there. When you're feeling low, recite some quotes for several minutes.

If you want, you can also make an audio recording on your cell phone, so that you can listen to the quotes, whenever you are away from home. Just pick which method works best for you, but use regularly.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 C L Grant

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