The feelings that follow getting dumped is much like experiencing the 5 stages of grief.
#1 Denial or “Maybe I can win him/her back!”
#2 Anger or “What an a**hole! I can’t believe I ever slept with them!”
#3 Bargaining or “Maybe if I had done X, Y, or Z, they would have stayed.”
#4 Depression or “I can’t go on. I can’t do this anymore.” Plus a torrent of tears.
And finally, #5 Acceptance or “Time to keep on moving!”
People have chosen various methods of dealing with these stages, some of these methods involve words of wisdom and famous quotes to aspire to.
For example, have you ever heard the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” The creator of this iconic phrase obviously didn’t get high-class dumped via text message on their anniversary. Regardless, there are plenty of reasons to mourn, hate, or long for your last relationship, and there’s a quote to fill every niche. [Read: 8 post-breakup questions you should be asking yourself]
“You were a douchebag,” “I hate you,” and “Go fall into a ditch!” quotes
The band Mayday Parade is quoted in their song “The last something that meant anything” as singing that it’s called a breakup “because it’s broken.” Truer words were never spoken. So whether you’re looking to drown your sorrows in a bucket of Kit-Kat ice cream, or throw darts at a picture of your ex, these are the rage-inspired quotes for how you’re probably feeling fresh after your breakup:
“Hearts will never be made practical until they are made unbreakable.” – the Wizard of Oz
“Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” – Bette Davis
“Going out with a jerky guy is kind of like having a piece of food caught in your teeth. All your friends notice it before you do.” – Livia Squires
“In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” – Bill Watterson
“I wish I were a little girl again, because skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts.” – Julia Roberts
“Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.” – Mineko Iwasaki
While I’m not implying that you should run out and slash his tires, what you can do is sit back looking sexy with your feet up, and wait for your ex to get their heart broken just like they broke yours. Trust me, it’s fabulous. And remember, Frank Sinatra said it best: “The best revenge is massive success.”
“Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy
“Knowing when to walk away is wisdom, being able to is courage, and walking away with your head held high is dignity.” – Anonymous
“How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged” – Anonymous
“I will never grow thick skin, so that you don’t have to feel bad about being a jerk to me.” – Dan Pearce
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama
[Read: 12 evil ways to serve your revenge cold]
You’ll get over your ex quotes
While it may not feel like it at first, or even for the first few months, you will get over your former sweetheart and move on to bigger and better things. More importantly, this gives you the opportunity not only to get over the poor bastard, but to look back and meditate on what went wrong, and how you can do better in your relationships in the future. Praise the day when you’ll be able to look back and wonder why the hell you gave this loser all of your precious time to begin with!
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
“Open books, not legs. Blow minds, not guys” – Drake
“In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.” – Mitch Albom
“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.”- Daphne Rose Kingma
“What is broken is broken, and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best, than mend it and see the broken places as long as I live.” – Margaret Mitchell
“Yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it is you can either run from it or, learn from it.” – The Lion King
[Read: 8 ways to quit moaning and stay busy after a breakup]
This loved sucked, but others won’t
Love isn’t the enemy, your ex is. Getting hurt is a risk we continuously take when we fall in love. Okay, so your last partner was kind of a jerk, he or she cheated, lied, and left you to fend for yourself. Learn lessons from your last love and move on to bigger and brighter things.
These quotes were made to inspire you to love again, even when there’s a strong possibility that you may end up hurt all over again. Why? Because it’s amazing, and no matter how many times it burns us, we can’t seem to let go of the thrill and the wonder that comes from that fuzzy feeling.
“The truth hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself.” – John Greene
“Be in love with your love. Every minute of it.” – Jack Kerouac
“The best thing about pictures is that they never change, even when the people in them do.” – Anonymous
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” – Marilyn Monroe
“Giving someone a piece of your soul is better than giving a piece of your heart. Because souls are eternal.” – Helen Boswell
“I refuse to let what happened to me make me bitter. I still completely believe in love, and I’m open to anything that will happen to me.” – Nicole Kidman
“Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.” – Braveheart
[Read: 11 things you should never do after a breakup]
Be a better you quotes
One thing about breakups is that while they take you as emotionally low and wretched as you could possibly go, they also have this wonderful habit of making you better and opening up opportunities, whether it be in business, love or friendships that you never would have seen otherwise. Embrace the curveballs life throws your way, and be ready to better yourself.
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
“One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a breakup.” – Mandy Hale
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor
“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” – Anonymous
“Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
[Read: 11 profound relationship quotes to help you through love troubles]
If you’re feeling down about your breakup, remember there are millions of others who have been where you are now, and they’re likely better for it.
Sometimes relationships don’t last, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t teach you something or affect you positively. Choose your lesson from your last relationship and embrace moving forward to being a more amazing you!
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