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200 Best Lost Love Quotes To Hit You Right In The Feels

200 Best Lost Love Quotes To Hit You Right In The Feels

Below you’ll discover a lovely collection of lost love quotes that capture the ups and downs of love that slipped away.

Author’s Favorites: 10 Best Lost Love Quotes

1. “One thing we do know is that whether you’ve loved and won — or loved and lost, it’s always worth it.” ― Don Santo

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2.  “Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.” ― Kahlil Gibran

3. “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

4. “There’s no love like a lost love and no pain like a broken heart.” — Ben Harper

5. “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson

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6.  “Love lost resembles a stone that plunges into a deep well, as the water continues to ripple long after the stone comes to a rest at the bottom of the well.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster

7. “Lost love weighs heavier than lost time.” ― Tom Cardamone

8. “To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose, the next best.” ― William Thackeray

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

10. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller

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Inspirational Quotes About Lost Love

1. “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.” ― Washington Irving

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2. “What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

3. “In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.” ― Stendhal

4. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

5. “There’s a weird freedom in letting go of what you lost and looking forward to the possibilities the empty space leaves behind.” ― James Lanman

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6. “People should not judge failed love affairs as failed experiences, but as part of the growth process. Something does not have to end well for it to have been one of the most valuable experiences of a lifetime.” ― Ethel Person

7. “You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” ― Barbara De Angelis

8. “I have loved and I have lost and I’m starting to believe; it’s okay. Sometimes what we “think” is best for us, is only the beginning of what is truly “meant” for us. And if I have loved, so deeply the wrong heart; I am content in knowing the greatest love I will ever experience, hasn’t even begun yet.” ― Nikki Rowe

9. “When you have your heart broken for the first time, you gain depth.” ― Sienna Miller

10. “I don’t think, until you’ve actually lost somebody you really love, that you can go through that door that allows you to be grown-up.” ― Felicity Kendal

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11. “There can’t be a perfect replacement for those we lost, whom we love so much. But there’s always a kind replacement, strong and caring enough to take us through those lonely moments.” ― Terry Mark

12. “When it’s gone, you’ll know what a gift love was. You’ll suffer like this. So, go back and fight to keep it.” ― Ian McEwan

13. “My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing the beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive — I’ll find love again.” — Paulo Coelho

14. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” — Joseph Campbell

15. “Even seasonal situations can bring with them lessons that last a lifetime. If the love doesn’t last, it prepares you for the one that will.” — Mandy Hale

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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.  “Believe me, the loss of loving someone is powerful. It’s powerful.” ― Allie Ray

18. “There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.” — Unknown

19. “You must be strong enough to know that love will come to you when you are ready. You must be strong enough to know when to say goodbye, and know that letting go is not weak.” — Marisa Donnelly

20. “An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception.” — Harold Loukes

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21. “When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they ‘don’t understand’ one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.” — Helen Rowland

22. “There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” — Zayn Malik

23. “The things you let go will someday teach you how to fly.” ― Jenim Dibie

24. “Everyone has wins and losses within the realm of love. However, sometimes a win becomes a loss, and most of the time, a loss becomes a win. But neither are ever absolute.” ― RJ Intindola

25. “But there’s a beginning in an end, you know? It’s true that you can’t reclaim what you had, but you can lock it up behind you. Start fresh.” ― Alexandra Bracken

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26. “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

27. “We shouldn’t try holding to those who simply don’t wish to be held.” ― T.B. Driggers

28. “A lazy summer’s day and a long, lost love. Can a poet ask for anything more than a broken heart ordained from above?” — Douglas Laurent

29. “When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all.” — Gerald G. Jampolsky

30. “When people hurt us, it helps to let go of wanting them to love us. It helps to learn how to love purely.” ― Donna Goddard

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31. “I like to think that our story isn’t over just yet, that someday we’ll meet again and finally get it right.” ― Victoria Hanley

32. “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

33. “I think it is lost…..but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost. The body sluggish, aged, cold, the ember left from earlier fires shall duly flame again.” ― Walt Whitman

34. “I will never truly get over your loss, but there is nothing left to do but move on and make way for a bright and new day.” — Unknown

35. “When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal.” — Unknown

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36. “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go.” — Nicholas Sparks

37. “Sometimes you have to allow yourself to lose something great in order for something better to come in your life.” — Unknown

38. “Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” — Jean de La Fontaine

39. “Love is timeless and everlasting. However, no matter how immortal the feeling may be, there are just some things that aren’t meant to be. And sometimes, you have no choice but to move on and let go.” — Unknown

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

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41. “Let’s hope that for every time that we get hurt or break our heart, there is something somewhere being written to make up for it, to make the happiness due even bigger and laughters even merrier, for after all good things must happen to good people.” — Mansi Soni

42. “If you love something let it go, If it comes back to you it’s yours, If it doesn’t, it never was, and it’s not meant to be.” — Unknown

43. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” — Leo Buscaglia

44. “Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away.” — Dorothy Parker

45. “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.” — D. H. Lawrence

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46. “As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them — actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” — Marilyn Monroe

47. “It was always about love. Always, always about love. Lost love, love denied, the obsessive hunger for love. Parental or romantic. Whether it was twisted or pure, fulfilled or unrequited, love was always at the source.” — James W. Hall

48. “Being remembered is all anyone can ask from a lost love.” — Miguel Syjuco

49. “It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” — E. M. Forster

50. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” — Terri Guillemets

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Sad Quotes For Lost Lovers

1. “I never knew until that moment how bad it could hurt to lose something you never really had.” ― The Wonder Years

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2. “I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. To think I don’t have her. To feel that I’ve lost her. To hear the immense night, more immense without her. And the poem falls to the soul as dew to grass.” ― Pablo Neruda

3. “What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.” ― Richard Wilbur

4. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” — Mahatma Gandhi

5. “You’ll finally realize the importance of the spark of that diamond once you lost it.” ― RSCruz

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6. “I try to do something positive — I socialize more… But deep down I know the truth. An entire world of people can never replace the one that I’ve lost.” ― Ranata Suzuki

7. “I can go days without talking to you, months without seeing you, but not a second goes by that I’m not thinking about you.” — Anurag Prakash Ray

8. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

9. “Your memory feels like home to me. So, whenever my mind wanders, it always finds its way back to you.” ― Ranata Suzuki

10. “You taught me how to live with you, now tell me how to live without you…” ― Ama H. Vanniarachchy

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11. “I miss you a little. A little too much, a little too often, and a little bit more every day.” — John Michael Montgomery

12. “I keep myself busy with the things I do. But in every moment when I pause, I still think of you.” — Mitch Cuento

13. “Sometimes I miss you so much, it hurts. It feels like someone is squeezing my heart with the strength of the entire world.” ― Colleen Hoover

14. “So, here I am, all by myself, thinking of you — no one else. There’s a feeling inside and as hard as I try, it just won’t go away.” — Angel Hema

15. “While on paper I lost my wife, in reality, I lost so much more. I lost a piece of me that I can never get back.” ― Nitya Prakash

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16. “I know that’s what people say — you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, you’ll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.” ― Betty Smith

17. “I have learned how to make time pass, but I never stop thinking of you.” — Abbas Kazerooni

18. “I miss you like the sun misses the flowers, like the sun misses the flowers in the depths of winter, instead of beauty to direct its light to, the heart hardens like the frozen world which your absence has banished me to.” — William in “A Knight’s Tale”

19. “I went to sleep last night thinking about you, I woke up this morning still thinking about you. When I’m down, I whisper your name to myself and smile. I still love you, don’t doubt it.” — Terry Mark

20. “I felt like I was leaving a piece of my soul behind the moment you left. And every second that passes, I miss you like that, times a million.”― J.A. Huss

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21. “If this is my heartache, then let it be mine to endure. Permit me to feel it in its entirety. Don’t tell me how much of you I am allowed to love.” ― Lang Leav

22. “I miss you every second of every minute, every minute of every hour, every hour of every day.” — Shanece

23. “Everyone keeps telling me that time heals all wounds, but no one can tell me what I’m supposed to do right now. Right now, I can’t sleep. It’s right now that I can’t eat. Right now, I still hear his voice and sense his presence even though I know he’s not here. Right now, all I seem to do is cry. I know all about time and wounds healing, but even if I had all the time in the world, I still don’t know what to do with all this hurt right now.” ― Nina Guilbeau

24. “Think I’ll miss you forever. Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky.” — Lana Del Rey

25. “Our parting was like a stalemate…. Neither of us won. Yet both of us lost. And worse still … that unshakable feeling that nothing was ever really finished.” ― Ranata Suzuki

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26. “Missing you comes in waves, and tonight I’m drowning.” — Chris Young

27. “So, here I am, all by myself, thinking of you — no one else. There’s a feeling inside and as hard as I try, it just won’t go away.” — Angel Hema

28. “I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly.” — Franz Kafka

29. “Long after I have given up, my heart still searches for you without my permission.” — Rudy Francisco

30. “He loved her. And she loved him. And in such bliss does devastation grow.” ― Roshani Chokshi

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31. “Half of me is missing … and the other half is missing you.” — Ranata Suzuki

32. “I only know two things in life for certain: I know I love her and I know when her memory of our time together fades, I’ll still feel exactly the same as I do today. Time is irrelevant, as I once said to her. And I’m happy wasting every second of it on her.” ― Kelly Moran

33. “You’re gone and you left me. My heart has dissipated. The only thing I can feel is the blood rushing through my veins and the strings that hold my fragile heart together.” ― Karen Quan

34. “Once there are no more obstacles to overcome, no sudden closeness to achieve, the eyes open the windows to deception and lies, when two intimate hearts become strangers again, that’s how the love dies.” ― Tatjana Ostojic

35.  “I held love to my cheeks like a soft blanket on a babe yet, the east wind blew and away with it, love was lost.” ― Yefon Isabelle

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36. “The memories of you are dead in my mind, but alive in my heart.” ― Mya Waechtler

37. “No matter how much he loved me. No matter how much I loved him in return. I would never, ever belong to another person. As long as I lived.” ― J.L. Berg

38. “Deep down, I think everybody wants to be ‘the one’ to someone. I don’t know if I’ve ever been that person to anyone else — but I do know you are that person to me. You are the one. The only one. And you always will be.” ― Ranata Suzuki

39. “The thought of never crossing your path again is too enormous to bare, so for now I’ll make dreams in my heart and remind myself to go and sit & remember them every once in a while.” ― Nikki Rowe

40. “It is the touch of a lover’s arms that I so desperately crave, not the memories of a love no longer mine.” ― D.S. Mixell

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41. “You made me feel worthwhile…. like for once it mattered if I was here or not because I actually meant something to someone…. because I meant something to you. I miss that feeling.” ― Ranata Suzuki

42. “No one ever told you what to do when love went away. It was always about capturing love, and keeping love. Not about watching it walk out the door to die alone rather than in your arms.” ― Rene Denfeld

43. “But you are, you know, you were, the nearest thing to a real story to happen in my life.” ― Renata Adler

44. “You loved him enough to let him leave… Now you need to love yourself enough to let him go.” ― Ranata Suzuki

45. “I don’t face sadness when friends leave because friends always come back. Yet when lovers leave, it’s like death. You’ll never see them again.” Dominic Riccitello

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46. “If strength is love, then we weren’t strong enough, but if strength is letting love go, we were.” ― Joe Bolton

47. “To hold an object that belonged to someone you have loved and lost alters for a moment the weight of your hand and then the weight of your entire body.” ― Glenn Haybittle

48. “Love when lost left pain that could kill a man.” ― Julie Johnstone

49. “Even a love in mourning still had sparks in it.” ― Olivia Waite

50. “When you love someone, and you’ve lost that one, then nothing really matters.” ― Agnetha Faltskog

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Life Quotes About Losing Love

1. “Love becomes logically true when lost but still sought from the same source.” ― Brian Celio

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2. “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” ― Gilbert Keith Chesterton

3. “I’ve lost love. I’ve tried to reclaim a lost love and didn’t know how to do it.” ― Sam Worthington

4. “Lost love is still love. It takes a different form.” ― Mitch Albom

5. “I have loved deeply. I have lost intensely. I will never love again. I get that love by people who care for me.” ― Richard Simmons

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6. “The hottest love has the coldest end.” ― Socrates

7. “That’s what happens with love. It ends. By death or separation.” ― Erika Robuck

8. “Though lovers be lost, love shall not.” ― Dylan Thomas

9. “There is love of course. And then there’s life, its enemy.” ― Jean Anouilh

10. “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

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11. “In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.” ― Mignon McLaughlin

12. “I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.” ― Nan Goldin

13. “When you lose someone, you have to accept that grief and love cannot be separated. For when you reminisce the joys of your sweet love, you will be awakened by the grief you have tried so hard to keep at bay.” — Unknown

14. “I think the worst feeling in the world is knowing that someone you used to talk to every day doesn’t care about you anymore.” ― Anmol Andore

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15. “I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone. You just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” ― Alyson Noel

16. “When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” ― George R.R. Martin

17. “What interests me is whatever it is that allows the heart to continue to yearn for something the intelligence knows is impossible to have: a lost love, a shelter from life’s blows, the return of a time past, even a connection to the dead.” ― Alice McDermott

18. “I just like to sing for people who have lost love.” ― Mac Miller

19. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” ― Anais Nin

20. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” ― Jonathan Harnisch

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21. “Time only teaches us to conceal our pain from others and we learn to grieve all by ourselves.” ― Narin Grewal

22. “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

23. “But nothing makes a room feel emptier than wanting someone in it.” — Calla Quinn

24. “Remembering our loved ones is breathing life into their fading images, that we might once more see their faces and pass along a tearful “I miss you.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

25. “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

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26. “All the most powerful emotions come from chaos — fear, anger, love — especially love. Love is chaos itself. Think about it! Love makes no sense. It shakes you up and spins you around. And then, eventually, it falls apart.” ― Kirsten Miller

27. “Like so many others my story begins with that same old line…. ‘So anyway, there was this guy….’ Until one day…. There wasn’t. And nothing was ever the same after that….” ― Ranata Suzuki

28. “There ain’t no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.” — Kate DiCamillo

29. “You have to start over. That’s what they say. But life is not a board game, and losing a loved one is never really “starting over”. More like “continuing without.” — Mitch Albom

30. “Perhaps that is where our choice lies — in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.” — Elana K. Arnold

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31. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell

32. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” — Hermann Hesse

33. “Love can give you such happiness, then can break the very heart it filled, leaving a hole that can never be fixed or protected by any armor.” ― Kevin McLeod

34. “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” — Leo Buscaglia

35. “When a lost loved one appears before you, it’s your brain that fights it, not your heart.” ― Mitch Albom

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36. “So often, the discarded love of youth is desperately yearned for in maturity.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

37. “I do think that men can forget a lost love quickly. I know that women would find it much harder.” ― Jane Austen

38. “When we have no reason to be happy we often think to end ourselves, We often think we have no one in this world, it happens when our loved ones leave us and make us alone in this vast universe.” ― Debolina

39. “When you run out of love, it’s really hard to understand whether you have lost your heart or your heart has lost you…” ― Munia Khan

40. “You realize how much you love someone once that someone is gone…gone forever, and you are filled with regret and sadness.” ― Ama H. Vanniarachchy 

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41. “Habits are hard to let go, especially if they are human beings.” ― Wordions

42. “Lost love belongs in a three-minute song, pulling back feelings from a time when they came unbidden, recalling the infatuation, the walking on sunshine that cannot last, and the pain of its loss, whether through parting or the passage of time, reminding us that we are emotional beings.” ― Graeme Simsion

43. “You can miss places. You can miss people. Just know that what you’re really missing is the way things were. And even if you could go there again…. see them again…. You can’t go back. They’re not the same. You’re not the same. The loss of them changed you.” ― Ranata Suzuki

44. “Last love lives long lost life.” ― Vikrmn

45. “A person who has lost his power of love has become blind to the beauties of life.” ― Debasish Mridha

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46. “Lost love is like watching a beautiful sunset on the beach disappear and the night never turns to day. You take for granted the time you had and you dream of the sun rising again.” ― Eric Knellinger

47. “You never forget someone you’ve loved once.” ― Priya Prithiviraj

48. “Too often, there are no words to describe the heartache of a lost love, only the deafening silence left in its wake, and the unfathomable sorrow that seeps deep into the dark crevices of our frail hearts.” ― D. Michael Hardy

49. “Strange to think of a form of love going extinct, like a carrier pigeon, a rare tortoise, a lilac or apple whose seeds are not to be found anymore, the scent and taste of the thing long lost, never to be touched again.” ― Patricia Hampl

50. “Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine

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Quotes About Moving On After Losing A Loved One

1. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” ― Steve Maraboli

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2. “When you hold onto a script that doesn’t serve you, you leave no space to write a new one that does.” ― Jennifer Ho-Dougatz

3. “That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.” — Robyn Schneider

4. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli

5. “Don’t waste your time looking back at what you lost. Move on, life is not meant to be traveled backwards.” — Unknown

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6. “If you didn’t love him, this never would have happened. But you did. And accepting that love and everything that followed it is part of letting it go.” — Sarah Dessen

7. “To greet a lovely morning, we must leave the night behind.” — Tarang Sinha

8. “And suddenly, you know…It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

9. “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” — Nicholas Sparks

10. “The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.” — Faraaz Kazi

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11. “Life is a process — just one thing after another. When you lose it, just start again.” — Richard Carlson

12. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” — Joel Osteen

13. “It’s possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems, and that in time, the grief . . . lessens. It may not go away completely, but after a while, it’s not so overwhelming.” — Nicholas Sparks

14. “When it comes to love and loss, acceptance is never easy. We can’t make someone see all we have to give, make them love us, or make them change. All we can do is move on and stop wasting time.” — April Mae Monterrosa

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

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16. “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” ― C. JoyBell C.

17. “There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book, or simply close it.” ― Shannon L. Alder

18. “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” ― Criss Jami

19. “I demolish my bridges behind me… then there is no choice but to move forward.” ― Fridtjof Nansen

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

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21. “Your heart’s strength is measured by how hard it holds on. Your self-worth and faith are measured by finally letting go. However, your peace is measured by how long you don’t look back.” ― Shannon L. Alder

22. “I’ve been burdened with blame trapped in the past for too long, I’m moving on.” ― Rascal Flatts

23. “You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.” ― Mandy Hale

24. “Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus, or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.” ― C. JoyBell C.

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

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26. “Love is proved the moment you let go of someone because they need you to.” ― Shannon L. Alder

27. “Don’t tie your heart to a person that has nothing left to offer you. Let it go. It might hurt for a while, but when you get over it, you’ll see that it’s better.” ― Orebela Gbenga

28. “Gather your strength, woman. And move on.” ― Mitta Xinindlu

29. “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

30. “You can’t look back — you just have to put the past behind you and find something better in your future.” ― Jodi Picoult

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31. “The choice isn’t to move on — life moves whether I want it to or not. No, the choice is to look forward, not backward, to take a step because refusing to move won’t draw the past nearer, only postpone better days.” ― Caroline George

32. “Rehashing the past wouldn’t change anything. Time to move forward.” ― Zena Wynn

33. “It was the bravest choice I ever made, to let love go because I deserve more now days.” ― Nikki Rowe

34. “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” ― Mary Manin Morrissey

35. “Take all the time you need to heal emotionally. Moving on doesn’t take a day, it takes lots of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self.” ― Tere Arigo

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36. “When you think this pain is all you deserve, you are right. You are the only one that can decide how long you will walk in hell.” ― Shannon L. Alder

37. “Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve, but you didn’t. So you move on.” ― Dominic Riccitello

38. “Imagine a future where you hold no grudges towards anyone. You’re not angry at past lovers, not bitter about failures, not disappointed in your parents. You forgive, send love, and move on. You’re free.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

39. “Sometimes trying to piece together your past only builds a wall that keeps you there.” ― Erin Anastasia

40. “Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things, it just means you have to accept what happened and continue living.” — Erza Scarlet

heart sign made by a woman at the beach

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

Summing Up

I collected these lost love quotes from all over the web and I hope they reminded you that lost love isn’t just about what’s gone; it’s about the lessons, the memories, and the strength we find in moving forward.

And although it leaves us feeling like a chapter ended too soon, remember, every ending is a chance for a new beginning!

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