21 Quotes That Capture the Bitterness of Love

There Is Sweetness Even in Bitter Love Quotes

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Love is like dark chocolate. Although it can leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth, you will still be tempted to take a bite the next time around. Many writers have tried to put the bitter experiences of love into words and some have done an exceptional job of it. Here are 21 bitter love quotes that bring out the bleakness of love.

Bitter Quotes From Famous People

Mother Teresa
"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible."
Ben Hecht
"Love is a hole in the heart."

Pearl Bailey 
"The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love."

James Baldwin
"The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment."

W. H. Auden
"He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever:
I was wrong."

Maureen Duffy 
"The pain of love is the pain of being alive. It is a perpetual wound."

William M. Thackeray 
"To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"If I love you, what business is it of yours?"
"Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"If I am not worth the wooing, I am surely not worth the winning."
S. Johnson
"Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise."

Kahlil Gibran
"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."

Margaret Mitchell
"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 I lived." 

Anais Nin
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 withering, of tarnishing."
Samuel Butler 
"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all."

Anonymous Bitter Love Quotes

"To fall in love is awfully simple; to fall out of love is simply awful."

"Love is like heaven, but it can hurt like hell."
"Love is like war: easy to begin but hard to end."
"I never felt true love until I was with you, and I never felt true sadness until you left me."
"Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop."
"No matter how badly your heart is broken, the world does not stop for your grief."

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