Sometimes quotes can be really powerful when we are facing a divorce or end of a relationship. If a quote resonates with you print it out or write it down on your phone or in your planner to look at when needing some inspiration.
This is a collection of quotes that I picked that will touch you if you are experiencing a divorce or end of a relationship. Sometimes it is hard to put into words so eloquently that encompasses the heart wrenching process. In divorce we experience grief and loss (for shared hopes and dreams that will never materialize).
Our sense of self takes a huge hit at the end of a marriage or relationship. We question who we are and what the point of the relationship is. We seek answers about our future and if we will ever be loved in the way we need to be. No matter what the reason of the breakup we have endured a huge lost in which we will never be the same.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
– Viktor Frankl
“Taking a thing apart is always faster than putting something together. This is true of everything except marriage.”
― Joe Hill, 20th Century Ghosts
“Sometimes you’re going to have to let one person go a thousand different times, a thousand different ways, and there’s nothing pathetic or abnormal about that. You are human.”
― Heidi Priebe, This Is Me Letting You Go
“And then the dream dies and the dream breaks into a tiny million pieces which leaves you with a choice. You can either stick with it, which is unbearable, or you can go off and dream another dream.”
― Rachel (Meryl Streep) in Heartburn
“When your heart is broken you plant seeds in the cracks and wait for rain.”
― Andrea Gibson, Dive
“Just because I didn’t have a spouse to help and enjoy those activities with didn’t mean they couldn’t happen. Just because my plan A didn’t work out didn’t mean plan B couldn’t be really kickass. In fact, who was to tell me that my life as a single mother couldn’t be completely wonderful?”
― Emma Johnson
“Grief is the emotional contract of divorce”
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 least, begun to.”
— Helen Rowland
“I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive. What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100 percent accountable? What if I checked my own s— at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship?”
— Gwyneth Paltrow
“Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.” -J.K Rowling
“I didn’t exactly want to get divorced. I didn’t exactly not want to. I believed in almost equal measure both that divorcing Paul was the right thing to do and that by doing so I was destroying the best thing I had. By then my marriage had become like the trail in that moment when I realized there was a bull in both directions. I simply made a leap of faith and pushed on in the direction where I’d never been.” -Cheryl Strayed
“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert
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Jessica Cline is a divorce and separation expert who has been featured in Insider, Bravo, Bustle, YourTango, PsyCentral, and MSN. She works with clients who are struggling with a divorce or separation, schedule a free consultation here.