18 Beautiful Literature Quotes About Heartache

Here are 18 quotes from poetry and books about heartache.
[Gathered by Regina Kenney]


leo_tolstoy

“Doctoring her seemed to her as absurd as putting together the pieces of a broken vase. Her heart was broken. Why would they try to cure her with pills and powders?” 
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina


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“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” 
― Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women


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“From childhood’s hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone.” 
― Edgar Allan Poe


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“You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.” 
― Julie de Lespinasse


Jean_de_La_Fontaine

“Sadness flies away on the wings of time. ” 
― Jean de La Fontaine


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“I answer the heroic question, ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with ‘It is in my heart and mind and memories.” 
― Maya Angelou


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“The marks humans leave are too often scars.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


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“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” 
― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary


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“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.” 
― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun


Paulo-Coelho

“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.” 
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


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“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” 
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Lois-Lowry

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” 
― Lois Lowry, The Giver


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“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


markus-zusak

“Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.” 
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


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“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” 
― C.S. Lewis


John-Keats-Biography

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” 
― John Keats, Letters of John Keats


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“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.” 
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book


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“I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.” 
― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84


 

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