20 Sad Quotes About Love

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The sound of heartbreak is deafeningly silent. You may not hear an audible crash, but those who have loved and lost know that lost love can shatter the heart.

Writers and philosophers through the ages have felt this common human emotion and shared their thoughts. Those struggling with a lost love or a love that was never-to-be often find solace reading the words of those who have been there before.

Many people have trodden on the treacherous path of love, only to be left stranded, again and again. But time heals all wounds, even a broken heart. 

It helps to release the anger and sadness. Some people listen to music or watch sad movies when they are in the dumps. The sad scenes are a cathartic release for the hurt inside.

Love can make you laugh and cry. Those who have experienced the sorrowful side of love may feel these sad love quotes reflect their emotions. 

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Thomas Fuller

"An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with."

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Jim Rohn

"The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy."

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Oprah Winfrey

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down."

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La Rochefoucauld

"There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not."

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Kahlil Gibran

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

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Norman Vincent Peale

"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."

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William Butler Yeats

"Hearts are not had as a gift, But hearts are earned..."

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"The saddest thing in the world is loving someone who used to love you."

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Tennessee Williams

"There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go."

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Samuel Butler

"But is it not Tennyson who has said: 'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have lost at all'?"

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John Greenleaf Whittier

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'"

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Toni Braxton

"How could an Angel break my heart? Why didn’t he catch my falling star? I wish I didn’t wish so hard. Maybe I wished our love apart."

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Charlie Brown

"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love."

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Barbara Kingsolver

"There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold—with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer."

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Stephen R. Covey

"Our greatest joy and our greatest pain come in our relationships with others."

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Vanessa Williams

"You wondered how you’d make it through. I wondered what was wrong with you. Because how could you give your love to someone else, yet share your dreams with me? Sometimes the only thing you’re looking for is the one thing you can’t see."

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Herman Hesse

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go."

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Brian Jacques

"Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us."

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Virginia Woolf

"Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy."

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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."

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