Sometimes, even the best of friendships can fall apart. Whether you and your bestie had a blowup fight or just slowly drifted away over time, platonic relationships can end just like romantic relationships — and they can hurt just as badly.
For those times when you’ve lost a good friend and it’s hard to describe what you’re feeling, these poignant friendship quotes from Pinterest put the heartache of a friend breakup into words.
1Being busy is not an excuse.
“No one is really busy. It all depends on what number you are on their priority list.” — Author Unknown
2Let me explain friendship to you, since you don’t seem to understand.
“Friendship means understanding, not agreement. It means forgiveness, not forgetting. It means the memories last, even if contact is lost.” — Author Unknown
“I guess what they say is true/Friends come and go/But I never thought that wold apply to you.” — Author Unknown
4Some people just use you.
“Some people aren’t loyal to you. They are loyal to their needs of you. Once their needs change, so does their loyalty.” — Author Unknown
5Friends can hurt you more than your enemies ever can.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
6We both have moved on.
“We are neither on good terms or bad. We are no longer anything.” — Author Unknown
7You’re someone that I used to know.
“Somebody asked me if I knew you. A million memories flash through my mind, but I just smiled and said I used to.” — Author Unknown
8You have to know when to quit.
“Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don’t care, because they don’t.” — Author Unknown
9The difference between a real friend and a fake one is tremendous.
“I’d rather have no friends than fake ones.” — Author Unknown
10I want you to know.
“Just because we don’t talk any more, doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten about you. It doesn’t mean that I no longer care. Truth is, I still do. I do my best to check up on you, to see how you’re doing. To see if you’re okay, but every time I get the urge to talk to you, it suddenly hits me that we’re strangers. You don’t want me in your life, hence the reason why I’m no longer a part of you. But, even though everything’s changed; I just want you to know that I’m still here. I’ll still be here for you. I’ll still lend you my shoulders and my ears. I don’t care what time it is, what I’m doing. Don’t hesitate for talk to me because, half the time, I wish that you were talking to me. I just really miss your presence. I miss you being my best friend. I just miss you in general.” — Author Unknown
“Oh, my bad. I’m sorry for bothering you. I forgot I only exist when you need me for something.” — Author Unknown
12Make new friends, but keep the old.
“The worst thing ever is seeing your best friend slowly replacing you with another friend.” — Author Unknown
13Hard times don’t last, but good friends do.
“Hard times will always reveal true friends.” — Author Unknown
14Not all breakups are romantic.
“Friendships cause heartbreaks too.” — Author Unknown
15Friendship can be a one-way street.
“I think what hurts the most is when you give your all to someone. Through thick and thin, you’re there for them. You stick with them, no matter what. Then one day, they just give up. They won’t even fight for you. The one thing you would never have done, they did with no hesitation.” — Author Unknown
“I didn’t lose a friend. I just realized I never had one.” — Author Unknown
17You shouldn’t be the only one putting in the work.
“I hate how we’ve drifted apart, but then again, if you won’t make an effort to keep me in your life, why should I?” — Author Unknown
“Sometimes you have to unfollow people in real life.” — Author Unknown
19Sorry, not sorry.
“Don’t feel sad over someone who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them.” — Frank Ocean
20Ghosting is the worst.
“The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained.” — Author Unknown
“Have a nice life. I’m done trying to be in it.” — Author Unknown
22The old you was better.
“I miss you. The old you. The new one sucks.” — Author Unknown
23Otherwise, it wouldn’t hurt.
“It hurt because it mattered.” — John Green
24Not everything is built to last, and that’s okay.
“Sometimes you just have to accept the fact that some people only enter your life as a temporary happiness.” — Author Unknown