74 Unhappy Relationship Quotes For The Brokenhearted

If you're caught in an unhappy relationship, this is exactly what you need to hear.

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Loving relationships aren’t the secret to living a good life, but unhappy relationships make everything worse. If you relate to these unhappy relationship quotes, it might be time to move on.

What's the point of holding onto an unhappy relationship when you've got the support of your family and friends?

In times of distress, inspirational quotes can encourage you to take care of yourself and prioritize your well-being over the relationship that no longer serves you.


Here are 75 unhappy relationship quotes and love quotes.

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1. "If you cannot be yourself in a relationship, you no longer have one." — Shya Kane

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2. "First accept sadness. Realize that without losing, winning isn't so great." — Alyssa Milano

3. "Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love." — Charlie Brown

4. "It’s amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces." — Ella Harper

5. "A deadness occurs in relationships when people are no longer willing to tell each other how they really feel." — Shakti Gawain

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6. "Relationships fail because people take their own insecurities and try and twist them into their partner's flaws." — Baylor Barbee

7. "Anybody who does not value what you have does not deserve your relationship." — Matthew Ashimolowo

8. "When a relationship doesn't work anymore, it's terrible to stay with someone that you don't love." — Monica Bellucci

9. "Relationships based on obligation lack dignity." — Wayne Dyer

10. "An argument is always about what has been made more important than the relationship." — Hugh Prather

11. "It takes longer to build a relationship than it does to destroy one." — Matshona Dhliwayo

12. "Once you lose someone it is never exactly the same person who comes back." — Sharon Olds

13. "Leave someone who hates you as much as you hate yourself." — Michael J. Bennett

14. "Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people." —Arthur Schopenhauer

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15. "It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." ― Friedrich Nietzsche

16. "Relationships are supposed to make you feel good. Relationships are not supposed to make you feel bad." — Laura Bowers

17. "Until you let go of all the toxic people in your life you will never be able to grow into your fullest potential. Let them go so you can grow.” — DLQ

18. "For lack of an occasional expression of love, a relationship strong at the seams can wear thin in the middle.” — Robert Breault

19. "Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page." — Tori Amos

20. "Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself." — Deborah Reber

21. "The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships." — Anthony Robbins

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22. "Problems in relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person." — Wayne Dyer

23. "The wrong person will give you less than what you’re worth but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept it." — Sonya Parker

24. "It is better for someone to break your heart once by leaving your life, than for them to stay in your life and break your heart continually." — Terry Mark

25. "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got." — Robert Brault

26. "Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs." — Marianne Faithfull

27. "We teach people how to treat us." — Dr. Phil McGraw

28. "No partner in a love relationship… should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable." — May Sarton

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29. "I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?" — Nicholas Sparks

30. "What’s broken is broken — and I’d rather remember it as it was than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived." — Margaret Mitchell

31. "Sometimes we must undergo hardships, breakups, and narcissistic wounds, which shatter the flattering image that we had of ourselves, in order to discover two truths: that we are not who we thought we were; and that the loss of a cherished pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true happiness and well-being." — Jean-Yves Leloup

32. "Love cannot live where there is no trust." — Edith Hamilton

33. "Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on." — Criss Jami

34. "It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else." — Dr. Phil McGraw

35. "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. — Joybell C

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36. "If you’re unhappy in a relationship, I think you just don’t trust yourself for getting into another one." — Marian Seldes

37. "The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too." — Ernest Hemingway

38. "Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself." — Oprah Winfrey

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39. "Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours." — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

40. "There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won’t stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won’t go?" — Danny DeVito

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41. "In a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising?" — Sarah Jessica Parker

42. "There are people who break you down by just being them. They need not do anything. Dissociate." ― Malebo Sephodi

43. "Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” — Mandy Hale

44. "Sometimes you don’t get closure, you just move on.” ― Karen Salmansohn

45. "So far as you continue to entertain what makes you unhappy, you shall always dance to the tune of what will make you unhappy. A mindset change can cause a great change.” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

46. "Every time you mistreat someone, you reveal the part of you that lacks love and needs to heal." ― Kemi Sogunle

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47. "Where there is fear, there is no love. Where there is cruelty, there can be no humanity. And where there is hypocrisy, there shall never be divinity." ― Anthon St. Maarten

48. "Backstabbers and malicious people are not worth your attention, but you can thank them for deeming you worthy of theirs." ― J.S. Wolfe

49. "Woe to who sells his companion for own personal benefit or tramples on him." ― Kamaran Ihsan Salih

50. "Behind the story of every successful person, there is a story of betrayal and perfidy." ― J. Ruby

51. "When we feel lonely, we are not lacking in love. We are disconnected from love.” ― Yong Kang Chan

52. "Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness." — Steve Maraboli

53. "I could have loved you once and said it, But then you went away And when you came back Love was a forgotten word, Remember?" — Marilyn Monroe

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54. "Assumptions are the termites of relationships." — Henry Winkler

55. "The best way to remain in your relationship is to keep other people out of your relationship." — Carlos Wallace

56. "Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be." — JoyBell C.

57. "One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered." — Michael J. Fox

58. "If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life." — Abraham Maslow

59. "Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day, but it also ruins the complainer’s day too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get." — Dennis Prager

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60. "Everyone should be able to express themselves in the way that best suits them — life is too short to spend it unhappy." — Jinkx Monsoon

61. "Let no one who loves be unhappy; even love unreturned has its rainbow." — James M. Barrie

62. "If you want to be a real human being — a real woman, a real man — you cannot tolerate things that put you to indignation, to outrage. You must stand up. I always say to people, 'Look around; look at what makes you unhappy, what makes you furious, and then engage yourself in some action.'" — Stephane Hessel

63. "There are things you want to say but don’t. There are things I want to say but I already said them. A year ago or two or five, when we first met. There were times I thought you knew I loved you. You never knew. We never were. I died. You died. That's it." ― Dorothea Lasky

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64. "I'm not crying because of you; you're not worth it. I'm crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are." ― Steve Maraboli

65. "Broken heart will turn into a stronger one within hope." ― Toba Beta

66. "It’s painful, loving someone from afar. Watching them — from the outside." — Ranata Suzuki

67. "She went around with a broken heart, and she wasn't sure who'd broken it. She thought it was herself, mostly." ― Ann Brashares

68. "Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart." ― Cassandra Clare

69. "Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines." ― Jodi Picoult

70. "The only thing a boyfriend was good for was a shattered heart." ― Becca Fitzpatrick

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71. "Love is hard to find, hard to keep, and hard to forget." ― Alysha Speer

72. "I'm really a very happy, contented little person in spite of my broken heart." ― L.M. Montgomery

73. "A tormented mind wants to forget, what a broken heart will always remember." ― Anthony Liccione

74. "You gave me pain wrapped in love." ― Krishna Chhetri

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