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Heartbreak

  • When we discuss those we love with those who do not love them, the end of love is near.

  • The time you spend grieving over a man should never exceed the amount of time you actually spent with him.

  • Love never dies quite suddenly. He complains a great deal before expiring.

  • The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth.

  • After all, my erstwhile dear, / My no longer cherished, / Need we say it was not love, / Just because it perished?

  • 'Tis not love's going hurts my days, / But that it went in little ways.

  • If you can't live without me, why aren't you dead yet?

  • Falling out of love / is a rusty chain going quickly through a winch. / It hurts more than you will remember.

  • The scar of fire, the dint of steel, / Are easier than Love's wounds to heal.

  • ... while nearly every way of falling in love is kind, every way of getting out of love is cruel.

  • Pain / Rusts into beauty, too. / I know full well that this is so: / I had a heartbreak long ago.

  • Unto a broken heart / No other one may go / Without the high prerogative / Itself hath suffered too.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • But from that time until she married a small farmer in the neighborhood, Perry apparently never saw her again — never saw her even when he looked at her.

  • where have you gone / with your confident / walk your / crooked smile the / rent money / in one pocket and / my heart / in another ...

    • Mari Evans,
    • "Where Have You Gone," in Dudley Randall, ed., The Black Poets ()
  • If you haven't had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature. Because a broken heart is what makes life so wonderful five years later, when you see the guy in an elevator and he is fat and smoking a cigar and saying long-time-no-see. If he hadn't broken your heart, you couldn't have that glorious feeling of relief!

  • Unhappy love freezes all our affections: our own souls grow inexplicable to us. More than we gained while we were happy we lose by the reverse.

  • How do you know that love is gone? If you said you would be there at seven, you get there by nine and he or she has not called the police yet — it's gone.

  • One can't run in a park without a dog or make angels in the snow without a child and there are things one can't do without a lover, so the loss of the lover is like an amputation and the patient goes into shock.

  • Degrees / Of dying they know not ... / All great loves that have ever died dropped dead.

  • I shall go the way of the open sea, / To the lands I knew before you came, / And the cool clean breezes shall blow from me / The memory of your name.

  • Sleep on, I sit and watch your tent in silence, / White as a sail upon this sandy sea, / And know the Desert's self is not more boundless / Than is the distance 'twixt yourself and me.

  • I have heard much of these languishing lovers, but I never yet saw one of them die for love.

  • ... no one dies of a broken heart. Put together and given a reasonable rest cure, an old ticker will get you into almost as much fascinating trouble as a brand-new one.

  • He shared the pathetic belief of most of his fellow men that a change of scene can cure a broken heart.

  • Dead love is a ghost ... and a damnably dangerous ghost because it takes some of us a long time to realize that it is only a ghost.

  • To love somebody / Who doesn't love you / Is like going to a temple / And worshipping the behind / Of a wooden statue / Of a hungry devil.

    • Lady Kasa,
    • c. 8th cent., in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • Such silence has an actual sound, the sound of disappearance.

  • ... my life will be sour grapes and ashes without you.

  • It was as if all the love there was had been there in the beginning and had been gradually withdrawn over the years, like a savings accounts, and the balance was now at zero.

  • I just broke up with someone after three years. It was a love-hate thing. We both loved him and hated me.

    • Carol Siskind,
    • in Julia Klein, "The New Stand-Up Comics," Ms. ()
  • The end / of passion / may refashion / a friend.