Daryl Lindsey
April 27, 2017 12:53 pm
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There’s no getting around it: Heartbreak hurts. Ending a relationship can feel a lot less like “closing a chapter in a book” — as we so often hear it alluded to — and more like “getting slammed in a door. Twice.”

If you’ve found yourself in the midst of a breakup and are struggling to deal, you’re NOT alone. In fact, you’re experiencing one of the most universal and pervasive feelings on the planet, which is exactly why so many artists have devoted countless words to the phenomenon.

Here are 10 quotes to help you stand up, brush off, and move on after a breakup:

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1Moving on is possible.

“He loved me. He loved me, but he doesn’t love me anymore, and it’s not the end of the world.”
Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed 

2The best is yet to come.

“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

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3Letting go can feel really good.

“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.

4Don’t apologize for who you are.

“And you tried to change, didn’t you? Closed your mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less volatile, less awake… You can’t make homes out of human beings. Someone should have already told you that. And if he wants to leave, then let him leave. You are terrifying, and strange, and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.”
Warsan Shire

5Keep going.

“She took a step and didn’t want to take any more, but she did.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief  

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6The sorrow will end, eventually.

“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.”
– Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

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7It’s okay to laugh about it.

“Why don’t you just pretend that the asshole dropped dead? You can’t call or write to a dead man. Put a couple of candles in front of his picture, say a few Hail Marys, and get it over with.”
Isabel Lopez

8Things change, and that can be a good thing.

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell

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9Pain is part of life, too.

“Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.”
Jack Kerouac

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10You are free.

“In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel. It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”
Paulo Coelho

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