Heartbreak quotes are one way to say what you mean without having to take time to work out the words. Famous writers and philosophers have written a collection of excellent heartbreak quotes suitable for any occasion. When you truly are heartbroken, most times you don't have the energy to take to the written word or to look through a book of quotes for just the right sentiment. Fortunately, this group of famous folks offer a few choice heartbreak quotes.
- "The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends." Gwyneth Paltrow Obviously, Paltrow knows more about heartbreak and this particular quote has a chick emphasis, but dudes can flip the gender and end up with the same sentiment. When your heart is breaking, who better to hang out with than your best friends of the same gender. Dudes know the pain of getting their heart broken and they won't get all silly about love. When you're hurting, as Paltrow notes, it's your friends who'll pull you out of your darkness.
- "You walk by and I fall to pieces." Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran and Patsy Cline Ms. Cline could belt a heartbreak song and "I Fall to Pieces" tells it like it is. Technically, songwriters Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran get the credit for the heartfelt song, but Cline's interpretation influenced decades of heartbroken people. Hoping to hit the same heartstrings as Ms. Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, Aaron Neville and Diana Trask also covered the tune since Cline's release. Probably the most unlikely cover was done by the punk band Screeching Weasels in 1995, which only goes to show that anyone, even punksters, can have their heart broken.
- "Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." Kahlil Gibran Gibran is not just for people into new-age philosophy or old school hippies. Kahlil Gibran makes fancy on the age-old expression, "You don't know what you have until you've lost it." For some this quote is like rubbing salt in the wounds of love.
- "Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell." Emily Dickinson It's odd that a woman who rarely left the second floor of her house and chatted with a rare guest through notes passed from her upstairs room would have such rare insight into love and heartbreak, as well as a view into the permanent loss that eventually happens to all overs. Dickinson's feelings about love and heartbreak were published only after her death. A bit of a tip of the hat to William Shakespeare here with "parting is such sweet sorrow."
- "It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now." Allen Ginsberg Mr. Ginsberg had an interesting view of just folks and while folks in poetry class might debate this heartbreak quote for an entire class, the poet is obviously dissing the heartbroken. This heartbreak quote is a fine bookend for Ms. Paltrow's quote. Ginsberg has had it with the broken hearts that wants everyone to share their pain. It's not enough that your heart is broken, everyone else has to suffer along with you. It's a half-full, half-empty type dilemma with these two heartbreak quotes.