130 Emotional & Sad Love Quotes That Speak To Heartache (2024)

Let’s explore an amazing collection of sad love quotes I gathered from all over the internet to accompany you in your moments of heartache, and offer you empathy and understanding.

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1. “There are plenty of ways to die, but only love can kill and keep you alive to feel it.” ― Leo Christopher

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2. “Love reckons hours for months and days for years, and every little absence is an age.” — John Dryden

3. “You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” — J.K Rowling

4. “You’ve never felt pain until you’ve felt love.” ― Zakiya and Majid

5. “The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.” — William Faulkner

6. “It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.” — Miguel de Unamuno

7. “That’s what love is like: mother of the greatest bliss and stepmother of the most tragic misery.” — Stefanos Livos

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

9. “The saddest thing about finding true love is that it can be the beginning of the end.” ― Nicholas Sparks

10. “There is nothing more painful in this world than to be in love with something that never can be.” ― Laura Chouette

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1. “Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” — Bette Davis

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2. “The farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow.” — George Eliot

3. “When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, ‘What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?’” — Shannon L. Alder

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4. “We could have been happy. I know that, and it is perhaps the hardest thing to know.” ― Ally Condie

5. “There is a distinct, awful pain that comes with loving someone more than they love you.” — Steve Maraboli

6. “When you experience loss, people say you’ll move through the 5 stages of grief…. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance… What they don’t tell you is that you’ll cycle through them all every day.” ― Ranata Suzuki

7. “It is far more painful to awake from a beautiful slumber and — in that brief period when the continuity of life is still lost to you — to reach across the bed for a hand that is not there.” ― E.O. Higgins

8. “This… longing, this… anxiousness, this… heartache… who called this feeling love? How could someone label an emotion that renders one as debilitated and ensnared as this, with such a beautiful word?” ― Sooyeon Won

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

10. “Love is knowing that your feet carry you to a painful place, and still go anyway.” ― Mitta Xinindlu

11. “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” ― Neil Gaiman

12. “I swallowed down all the words until they knotted up in my throat, and now I’m choking on I love you’s and please don’t go’s.” ― Jessica Katoff

13. “I am taking this in, slowly, taking it into my body. This grief. How slow the body is to realize you are never coming back.” ― Donna Masini Slowly

14. “How much longer can I howl into this wind? For how much longer can I cry like this? A thousand wasted hours a day just to feel my heart for a second. A thousand hours just thrown away just to feel my heart for a second.” — The Cure

15. “Our greatest joy and our greatest pain come in our relationships with others.” — Stephen R. Covey

16. “A mighty pain to love it is, And ‘t is a pain that pain to miss; But of all pains, the greatest pain It is to love, but love in vain.” ― Abraham Cowley

17. “The depth of love can be the depth of sorrow.” ― Graham Greene

18. “I don’t mind the pain you give me. As long as you promise to heal me with your love.” ― Garima Soni

19. “Past relationships are a loss, so we have to deal with them like loss. We must fully grieve. We must feel the depth of our pain so that our pain doesn’t become the home where we learn to live.” ― Jackie Viramontez

20. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” — E.A. Bucchianeri

1. “Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.” — Christina Westover

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2. “You just know something is amiss when you look at someone and long for something that is not yours or you cannot have. It’s an absence — a loss of a heartbeat.” ― Nadège Richards

3. “Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest: Love, hopeless love, my ardent soul encumbers: Love, nightmare-like, lies heavy on my chest, And weaves itself into my midnight slumbers!” — William S. Gilbert

4. “Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them.” — Maya Angelou

5. “Nothing else wounds so deeply and irreparably. Nothing else robs us of hope so much as being unloved by one we love.” — Clive Barker

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

7. “One is never wounded by the love one gives, only by the love one expects.” — Marty Rubin

8. “The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

9. “And in the end, I said you would love me. We’re in the end and there’s only one of us here.” ― Dominic Riccitello

10. “Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.” ― J.M. Barrie

11. “Love can sometimes be magic..but magic can sometimes… just be an illusion.” — Javan

12. “’Do you love me?’ I ask. In your hesitation, I found my answer.” ― Lang Leav

13. “To live in a hallucination of being loved is more painful than rejection.”― Vinaya Panicker

14. “I loved a man who had opened up a world to me but hadn’t loved me enough to stay in it.” ― Jojo Moyes

15. “’And how do you really feel?’ ‘Like I’ll never recover. Like I’ll never draw another breath without half of it being a wish for him.’” ― Jane Seville

16. “Love that remains longest in your heart is the one that is not returned.” — Unknown

17. “The worst feeling is to be ignored once, then twice, then again and again by someone you consider precious.” — Betsy Kenton

18. “Love without return is like a question without an answer.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson

19. “Yes, I was infatuated with you: I am still. No one has ever heightened such a keen capacity of physical sensation in me. I cut you out because I couldn’t stand being a passing fancy. Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren’t having any of those.” — Sylvia Plath

20. “The only place I ever felt at home was with you. There isn’t a place for me anywhere anymore… I’ve been evicted.” ― Ranata Suzuki

1. “It hurts to love. It’s like giving yourself to be flayed and knowing that at any moment the other person may just walk off with your skin.” — Susan Sontag

2. “We hurt so much because we have lost a part of ourselves. If we have loved much, we must have given much also, and when everything’s over, we feel as though we have lost everything.” — Jocelyn Soriano

3. “A flower knows when its butterfly will return, and if the moon walks out, the sky will understand; but now it hurts, to watch you leave so soon when I don’t know if you will ever come back.” ― Sanober Khan

4. “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” — Nicholas Sparks

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5. “I still own my heart, which I know because it hurts so much.” — Emilie Autumn

6. “Because you aren’t just someone I loved back then. You were my best friend, my best self, and I can’t imagine giving that up again… You might not understand, but I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same.” — Nicholas Sparks

7. “You gave me wings to fly, then took away my sky.” — Leonora Speyer

8. “When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.” — Maurice Maeterlinck

9. “The worst feeling in the world is knowing you’ve done everything you can to show someone you love them, and yet they still choose someone else over you.” — Bernajoy Vaal

10. “You’re everywhere except right here and it hurts.” — Rupi Kaur

11. “Love is never supposed to hurt. Love is supposed to heal, to be your haven from misery, to make living worthwhile.” — Mia Asher

12. “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

13. “I want a life which doesn’t have you. I want memories that don’t include you. I want a heart that never loved you. I want a mind that won’t think about you. And the last thing, a whole new me who never knew you.” ― Unknown

14. “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

15. “The truth was, he now belonged only to my past, and it was time I begin to accept it, as much as it hurt to do so.” — Tammara Webber

16. “The moment you realize your eyes hurt not because of rubbing them, but because of the tears you wasted, on him.” — A. Kamalei

17. “I wish I could give you my pain just for one moment so you can understand how much you hurt me.” — Mohsen El-Guindy

18. “The worst feeling is not being lonely. It’s when someone makes you feel special, then suddenly leaves you and you have to pretend you don’t mind at all.” — Nishan Panwar

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

20. “Since you are gone, I collect the stars each night — building my own night sky, so I have something to hold onto forever.” ― Laura Chouette

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

2. “I gave you my love, I gave you my heart, I gave you everything you ever wanted and all you did was take it for granted…leaving me broken-hearted.” — Chris Elam

3. “One of the symptoms of having a broken heart is the fact that even ghosts will give up on the hope of scaring you as you have already lived through your worst fear.” ― Faraaz Kazi

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

5. “The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” — Carroll Bryant

6. “There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream — whatever that dream might be.” — Pearl Buck

7. “Men like you happen once. Women like me prefer to live our lives cautiously with your aftertaste, lessons, and splinters of broken heart underneath our tongues.” ― Ayushee Ghoshal

8. “The clouds wept when my heart sang a song of sorrow.” — Sonya Watson

9. “Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another: Why can’t you see who I truly am?” — Shannon L. Alder

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

11. “Sometimes your eyes are not the only place the tears fall from.” — Faraaz Kazi

12. “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

13. “Love bleeds you dry until the red organ ceases to beat.” ― Sonya Watson

14. “I understand that if you have never suffered a broken heart, then you have never really known what it is to truly be alive.” — Patti Roberts

15. “Everybody said, “Follow your heart”. I did, it got broken.” ― Agatha Christie

16. “Hearts are breakable. Even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.” — Cassandra Clare

17. “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

18. “This is what it felt like to have a broken heart. It felt less like a cracking down the middle and more like she had swallowed it whole and it sat bruised and bleeding in the pit of her stomach.”― Wendy Wunder

19. “I know my heart will never be the same but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.” — Sara Evans

20. “That’s how hearts get broken, you know. When you believe in promises.” ― Kathleen Glasgow

1. “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.” — Plato

2. “…And bending down beside the glowing bars, murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled and paced upon the mountains overhead and hid his face amid a crowd of stars.” — W.B. Yeats

3. “I think anyone who opened their heart enough to love without restraint and subsequently were devastated by loss knows that in that moment you are forever changed; a part of you is no longer whole.” ― Donna Lynn Hope

4. “The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” — Rob Liano

5. “Maybe we tried to leave as much memories of ourselves with each other because we knew one day we wouldn’t be together anymore.” ― Makoto Shinkai

6. “I felt her absence. It was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth. You wouldn’t need to run to the mirror to know they were gone.” — James Dashner

7. “Grief, a type of sadness that most often occurs when you have lost someone you love, is a sneaky thing, because it can disappear for a long time, and then pop back up when you least expect it.” — Lemony Snicket

8. “To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. You don’t get over it because “it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it?” — Jeanette Winterson

9. “I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.” — Humphrey Bogart

10. “These things alone do I now regret: things left unsaid. And he is gone, and I am old.” ― Neil Gaiman

11. “Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”― W.S. Merwin

12. “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

13. “I loved her, and I lost her. But the memory of her will always be with me, a constant reminder of what could have been.” ― J.D. Salinger

14. “Every night, I laid awake with your memories flooding through my eyes with the hope to be with you when sleep arrived.”― Anmol Rawat

15. “Every poem that I’ve created was yours. I thought they were mine, but they were yours. And I wish I could’ve kept them. And I wish I could’ve kept you.” ― Juansen Dizon

16. “I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken — and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.” — Margaret Mitchell

17. “You know, I’ll be loving you still. The nights are lonely, the days are so sad and I just keep thinking about the love that we had. And I’m missing you and nobody knows it but me.” — Shayne Ward

18. “Walking alone is not difficult but when we have walked a mile worth a thousand years with someone then coming back alone is what is difficult.” ― Faraaz Kazi

19. “Love is hard to find, hard to keep, and hard to forget.” ― Alysha Speer

20. “I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all; I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing.” — Goethe

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1. “Breakups can be sad, but sometimes tears are the price we pay for a freedom we need.” — Steve Maraboli

2. “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” — Mandy Hale

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3. “You don’t need closure. You just need to give yourself permission to move on.” — Steve Harvey

4. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” — Steve Maraboli

5. “Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.” — Violeta Parra

6. “You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them … but still move on without them.” — Mandy Hale

See also: 110 Inspiring Moving On Quotes To Help You Forge Ahead

7. “Plant each hour a thought of love for those who have hurt you, destroy the idea that anyone can take away your happiness.” — Albert E. Cliffe

8. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” — Kenji Miyazawa

9. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” ― José N. Harris

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

11. “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

12. “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. Morse

13. “Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.” — Nikita Gill

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

15. “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” — Marilyn Monroe

16. “Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever.” — Mattie Stepanek

17. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

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

19. “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

20. “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” — Jim Rohn

See also: 80 Inspiring Quotes On Joy To Turn Your Frown Upside Down

As we wrap up this exploration of sad love quotes, you can see that they aren’t just about pain and heartache, but rather about finding common ground in the highs and lows of love!

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