Sad quotes about love and life that will actually make you stronger

Here are 30 quotes about love and the sadness it can sometimes bring, alongside their respective authors:

  1. “The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” — Ernest Hemingway
  2. “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson
  3. “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
  4. “I wish I could turn back the clock. I’d find you sooner and love you longer.” — Unknown
  5. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.” — C.S. Lewis
  6. “I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway.” — J.D. Salinger
  7. “One day you’ll love me as I loved you. One day you’ll think of me as I thought of you. One day you’ll cry for me as I cried for you. One day you’ll want me, but I won’t want you.” — Unknown
  8. “There is a distinct, awful pain that comes with loving someone more than they love you.” — Steve Maraboli
  9. “Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.” — Lamartine
  10. “Love is an endless act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” — Hannah Arendt
  11. “Watching someone you love… love someone else is one of the most painful experiences you will go through.” — Unknown
  12. “It’s amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces.” — Ella Harper
  13. “The hardest part about walking away from someone is the part where you realize that, no matter how slowly you go, they will never run after you.” — Unknown
  14. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source.” — Anaïs Nin
  15. “Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.” — Bette Davis
  16. “Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.” — Unknown
  17. “The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.” — William Faulkner
  18. “You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same.” — Fannie Flagg
  19. “The cure for a broken heart is simple, my lady. A hot bath and a good night’s sleep.” — Margaret George
  20. “You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.” — Henny Youngman
  21. “The heart was made to be broken.” — Oscar Wilde
  22. “I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.” — Emily Brontë
  23. “So it’s true when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” — E.A. Bucchianeri
  24. “They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.” — Cassandra Clare
  25. “Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” — Toni Morrison
  26. “Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” — Bette Davis
  27. “It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.” — Henry Rollins
  28. “We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim.” — R.M. Drake
  29. “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. Rowling
  30. “It hurts because it mattered.” — John Green