Love and loss have inspired countless songs, plays and poems and these broken heart quotes and sayings eloquently express the emotional turmoil of losing love. There is little that hurts more than having your heart broken and the depths of that type hurt seems endless. These quotes remind us that getting your heart broken is part of the universal human experience.
"The heart will break, but broken live on." Nineteenth century British poet Lord Byron wrote these words. They emphasize that in spite of pain, life goes on and we keep moving forward through that pain. Having our heart broken changes us, but it does not end us.
"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." When philosopher poet Khalil Gibran wrote this, he understood that we don't always appreciate what we have had until it is gone. When a love is lost to us, we feel that broken heart to the very depth of our being. It is a true grief that cuts us to the core.
- "It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling." When your heart is broken, your boats are burned—nothing matters anymore. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace." Some say we are only free when we have nothing left to lose. Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw expresses this sentiment in relation to lost love. When a love is truly lost to us and we acknowledge it, we can begin the first steps toward making peace with our new reality.
- "It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise." We most often think of a broken heart only in relation to love, but as we go through life, we must endure all sorts of heartbreak. Author Sara Teasdale sees in retrospect it is in our heartbreaks and failures where we gain the most knowledge and wisdom.
"A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works." In the midst of the agony of a broken heart, we can find solace in knowing that though broken, we are not defeated. Drama critic T.E. Kalem reminds us that we will survive.