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20 Quotes to Help You Move On from a Bad Relationship

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By Karabo Baloyi
May 27, 2022
04:35 P.M.

A turbulent breakup can be a harrowing experience. It can cause irreparable harm if necessary care isn't prioritized as soon as possible. If you've been in the situation, you may appreciate the value of having as much support as possible, so here are 20 quotes to help you get through a bad breakup.

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Bad breakups often take place when one partner feels blindsided by the relationship ending and refuses to end the relationship on amicable terms. Factors involved in a bad breakup can include how long you were with your partner, how serious the relationship was, and the circumstances of the breakup. Other times, aggression and violence can even be involved during the breakup.

Bad breakups can have negative effects on one's self-worth and overall emotional health, causing one to withdraw from loved ones and fulfilling activities and raise questions about his/her loveability, preventing the person from embarking on a new relationship.

Anyone who has been through a bad breakup could use some words of encouragement. If you’re in need of some motivation to help you bounce back after a bad breakup, here are 20 quotes to help you.

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Shannon L. Alder's quote: “Nostalgia has a way of blocking the reality of the past.” | Image: AmoDays

“It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” — Nicholas Sparks

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“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

“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

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” — Steve Maraboli

“Nostalgia has a way of blocking the reality of the past.” — Shannon L. Alder

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Deborah Reber's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

“Spend your time with those who love you unconditionally, not with those who only love you under certain conditions.” ― Suzy Kassem

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

"There are people who bring you down by just being them. They need not do anything." — Malebo Sephodi

"We should fight for our relationships, but if fighting means ripping yourself to shreds and piggybacking all his demons, you need to leave." — Tara Love

“Girls, you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.” — Tori Amos

C. JoyBell C's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

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“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” — Shannon L. Alder

“Poisonous relationships can alter our perception. You can spend many years thinking you’re worthless, but you’re not worthless. You’re underappreciated.” — Steve Maraboli

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

“Love is supposed to lift you up, not hold you down. It is supposed to push you forward, not hold you back.” ― Suzy Kassem

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“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

Steve Maraboli's quote: “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” | Image: AmoDays

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Love should not make you feel like walking on eggshells. — Emma Xu

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation, trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.” — Tupac Shakur

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” — Ann Landers

“The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.” — Alyson Noel

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“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” — Paulo Coelho

Steve Maraboli's quote: “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” | Image: AmoDays

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Reflecting on what you could have done better after a bad breakup is a good thing. As a doctoral candidate in psychology, Laura Howe, explained, "After a breakup, it can be healthy for people to reflect on what they’ve learned from the past relationship and what they want to improve in the next one."

But it is also important to avoid making value judgments about yourself that can leave you feeling terrible. Even if a breakup left you reeling, it is always helpful to understand that you deserve the love you want. So chin up, you'll find the love you deserve.

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