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12 Uplifting Quotes About Moving On After A Break Up

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The reason why you are reading this article full of quotes about moving on after a break up is probably because you’ve experienced a painful break up and you feel the need to move on, but – as often in life – this is easier said than done.

The hardest step in the arduous journey of break up recovery is this one painful decision to finally let go. It’s this single decision that means the difference between learning form this devastating experience or dwelling upon the negative for a long time, risking that this whole process might happen again in your future relationships.

The difficult part about moving on after a break up is that it takes a conscious decision.

It’s so much easier to hold on to the known, the hope that they will come back, rather than to find yourself cut off from your comfort zone.

Moving on, and letting go is exactly that – going out into the unknown, alone, without the one you used to love by your side.

Before you can take this important step, it helps if you are fed up back to the teeth with being powerless, dependent and so helpless about what is happening to you. This will give you the strength to take action, and this will to get a huge weight lifted off your shoulders.

Will it be easy after that?

No. But you will have made a major leap towards independence and healing.

The following quotes about moving on after a break up can help you with that step.

If you are a regular reader, you will notice that we’ve had some articles with uplifting quotes before, but none so far about moving on after a break up.

So, enjoy.

12 Uplifting Quotes About Moving On After A Break Up:

  1. “Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.”
    -Dave Mustaine

  2. This is from the song “A Tout Le Monde” by Megadeth.

  3. “Watching you walk out of my life does not make me bitter or cynical about love. But rather makes me realize that if I wanted so much to be with the wrong person how beautiful it will be when the right one comes along.”
    -Anonymous

  4. This quote addresses one of the biggest dangers of suffering from a break up: not believing in love anymore and shutting down your heart.

    This is wrong, because there is always someone out there better than your Ex, someone who will meet your needs perfectly. Whether we believe it or not.

    Turning away from love out of fear means saying “NO” to life.

  5. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”
    -Albert Einstein

  6. Passivity means death, activity is living. If you are passive, you allow negative things to come into your life.

    Keep riding the bike.

  7. “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”
    -Christopher Columbus

  8. This is one of my favorites.

    In order to grow and to experience, one must leave his comfort-zone. Very often this means that you have to do what you are afraid of in order to find what you didn’t know you were looking for. This takes a lot of courage.

    Ask yourself, who would Columbus be today if he hadn’t had the courage to lose sight of the shore back then?

  9. “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart”
    -Washington Irving

  10. Love is like positive energy, and like energy is never lost in this universe.  It only changes it’s form, and so does love.

    Love is a positive choice, and love always attracts more love. This is a fact. (Now I sound like Deepak Chopra).

  11. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us”
    -Alexander Graham Bell

  12. This is so true.

    We often focus and dwell too long upon negative events in our lives, the “whys” and “what ifs”, that we don’t allow new positive things to come into our lives.

    We have to open our eyes and say “YES” to life more often.

  13. “I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken pieces as long as I lived”
    -Margaret Mitchell

  14. Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With The Wind.

    “What is broken is broken”.  This is often so hard to accept and yet so true.

  15. “The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can’t go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.”
    -Anonymous

  16. All experiences, be they positive or negative, define who we are as a person. You can’t carry your unfinished past with you if you want to grow. Especially when entering a new relationship.  You need to have gotten over past negative experiences. If you haven’t, then chances are that they will bite you in the lower back eventually.

  17. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
    -E.M. Forster

  18. One of the hardest things to do after a break up is to let go of the bright future that you’ve planned out together.

  19. “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

  20. We don’t have any control over our Exes. If they want to leave, we have no power to hold them back. All we can do is to accept, let go, heal and aspire to be a better person.

  21. “Letting go has never been easy, but holding on can be as difficult. Yet strength is measured not by holding on, but by letting go.”
    -Len Santos

  22. What is easier, holding on or letting go?

  23. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
    -Eleanor Roosevelt

This is the only way to overcome fears: first by doing and facing what you fear and then by gaining the confidence that no matter what comes your way, you can handle it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 12 quotes about moving on after a break up and that you’ve found some inspiration and help to do the most vital step in your recovery process – to let go and move on.

Your friend,
Eddie Corbano

(Photograph is a courtesy of Anna Gay)

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97 Responses to 12 Uplifting Quotes About Moving On After A Break Up

  1. Gary November 11, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    My bestfriend/girlfriend broke up with me because of my anger outburst due to stress, after saying sorry to her after the tenth time she was angry told me to lose her number and f off….I decided to get anger management classes because i knew i had a problem, hoping she would come back to me, we got to talk after a couple of weeks and she said she did forgive me but that she was moving on because i should have treated her better and she deserved better…that right there was a hit to my heart, felt so bad and i love her and miss her, so i begged and begged and it was still no….i finally asked her…(do u really want me to let go?)….she paused and said i think so….i said ok and said take care and hung up peacefully. A month later after no communication what so ever, thought she would never talk to me again,….she text me and said she was thinking of me and wanted to see how i was, i said i was ok all she said was GREAT! and that’s it, does it mean she wants me back? if she really hated me she wouldn’t text me at all, i think she misses me but without saying it? should i try to talk to her and slowly try to win her back or should i just leave her alone and keep letting her go. please help me it hurts

    • Carmie November 23, 2013 at 4:46 am #

      Hi Gary!
      I’m sorry to hear about your break up :( It’s never easy, especially when you’re not the one to end things. Honestly I think that she of course must miss you! You probably shared a lot with one another, so letting go completely is hard for both parties. However, do not get your hopes up. For as hard as it is to admit it, she wants to move on. So let her. And let yourself move on also. I know this may sound cliche, but what you need to do now more than anything is focus on YOU. Work on yourself, build yourself up again. Remember who you are completely stripped of anyone else. If you keep re-playing in your head the scenario where she will possibly change her mind and come back, you will only waste your time, energy, and will be hurt when each day goes by, and she is still not back, you know what I mean?

      I am speaking from experience, and from going through similar things right now. I have to remind myself constantly that I deserve happiness, and if this is making me miserable, I need to move on from it too.

      Keep yourself busy, do things that make you happy. Work on moving on. :) You can do it, and you deserve it!! :) Best of luck to you, and big hugs!!! :)

  2. Nancy December 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Hi i just broke up with my gf of two yrs it had been an on and off relationship, we always had problems. This time i was the one who messed up and lost her trust, she told me that she got tired like she never though she would. At this point i know that without trust theres no relationahip, i tried showing her tried to get her trust back but in her mind even a guy friend she automatically though that i had something with him. I never cheated i lied about talking to a guy to avoid problems but it was my fault. Now im stuck here wanting to talk to her. I just need some advice a way to handle all this.

  3. Leigh January 29, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    I just need to get this out in the open, I met this man on a dating site we talked for several weeks and wow I was totally In love with this guy and he was me we clicked in so many ways, I honestly thought I would marry him eventually, he lives in another town and so stayed at mine, loved his company I couldn’t be anymore happier but as time move on I was always paying for food bills, he doesn’t work and is seeking employment he gets very little money to live on, he has children from 2 previous relationships, two he doesn’t see, and the other 2 children he sees, his ex gf has been a big problem from day one, making out she’s slept with him constantly putting doubt in my mind calling me names etc, now I took on my partner knowing he had children and I was fine with it as long as everything was dealt with between them both she hadn’t moved on and was very Jealous, he assured me he was over her and moved on long time before but she never settled with any properly after their split, anyway me and him trying to have a life together, while still trying to have his children every 2 weeks. Has been very stressful coping with her constant nastiness and threats, so me and my partner would argue over her and to be honest I lost trust in him, he wouldn’t contribute to helping me with food bills etc never took me out for a meal or done anything special as time went on u tried saying I’m not happy with the money side of things and the fact his ex gf kept bothering us he wouldn’t go back to his flat as was quite far and he never had transport to money to get over here to me, which meant I would have to travel costing me all the time, plus I found it difficult him being away while his ex around, I have spent hours trying to reason with him he would fly off the handle never wanted to talk about helping us or trying to find work, in the end I have become very frustrated hurt and let down that he can’t seem to do anything that helps us, he shuts off ignores me I feel so frustrated that I can’t even speak to him anymore, causes me stress and worry and when things do get bad between us through me trying to calmly speak to him and he reacts nasty and drinks this only happens after a fight, he’s already been in trouble with police after smashing my garden up and scratching my car when I tried leaving him but I only do this to make him realise what he’s got to do to make things better for us, comfort me assure me and get a job and sort out having his kids without the ex gf making things hard for us, I am anxious stressed and have cried almost everyday, I adored him more then I ever have anyone, and as time gone on I have lost respect for him, I 33 and he’s 31″ just feels like he wants to stay in the situation he’s in, he was going to move to my town get work and have life with me while still seeing his kids, but none of that happened he has a cold damp flat and now he’s gone back to his place I have finished things between us, he had his children and got paid that day and just went without trying to resolve things between us, was to easy, no fight for me after all this time I have supported him spent money I didn’t have in keeping him, ran him around everywhere and took constant grief off his ex, I said its over hoping he would fight for me, he’s messaged me a couple times on fb I have changed my number, I just hoped he would stand up be a man and help us a little appreciate what I do for him, things have gone quiet now and ok I wanted to up punish him but only to wake him up, and it’s just proved he just can’t be bothered to deal with anything or resolve things with me, I feel deeply hurt that he hasn’t tried fighting for me or realising where he’s gone wrong, I won’t go chasing him, I feel like I want to but fear he’s either up to no good with someone, or he’s just sat waiting for me to come to him, if I try contacting him he won’t learn anything, am I being horrible, I feel bad that I have just gone, we spent everyday together and I feel so shit now but I gotta put my foot down and show I won’t have him treat me like this, all I want is comforting to be listened to and my feelings understood.. I guess him not trying to fight for us proves he never was bothered I was just around to make his life better. Really upsets me that I have been treated like a fool and I just carried him done everything for him and no respect or appreciation for putting up with the upset caused by his ex, and the lack of emotional support or appreciation for me helping him giving him a plat form to better his life, in return I got nothing, well I’m sat here down feel horrible. He’s just took the piss and I allowed it I just wish he would get a grip do something to show he cares, texts don’t work for me anymore begging telling me how much he loves me I’ve took him back couple times now but nothing changes, I am then left feeling frustrated again, I have gone this time, and I’m not budging untill he realises where things are difficult and support me better, if I hear nothing then that’s my cue to continue being on my own, ok when I met him he didn’t have much going for him but I see preternatural he just needed a women to take care and love him but turned out he’s happy to live in the misery he was in when I met him, and don’t wanna do anything to better his life. People say he’s never gonna change he’s a low life who has no motivation ambition to get better, I don’t feel like that I obviously care for him a great deal and just want to see him happy and standing up to his responsibilities. Very upsetting that I have just been mugged off, I thought he was the love of my life we both was so in love and now it’s gone, and I have no more fight in me, I have gone over things a million times and nothing changed, when we get on its fantastic he was perfect as a lover at first amazing, what a waste of time of it

    • Thelilly March 8, 2014 at 1:16 am #

      Leigh, are you for real? Seriously, read back your message as if you were reading it from the outside, you haven’t lost anything you’ve escaped a pile of shit! Stop harping on about that twat and go find someone else!

      • Sophia June 28, 2014 at 7:24 am #

        You need to get rid of this man Hun ! He is using you and is a coward at that ! he should stand up to his ex if he cares for you and tell her to shut up and back off ! Not only this he should be helping you ! Tye distance and silence he does when you have to talk to him I can relate to as that is what my ex did to me every time I had a legit relationship problem he gets mad and pulls away…I know it hurts and is frustrating…but hun he is just immature and selfish and not ready for any relationship ! Move on for sure even if it hurts ! Be strong and respect yourself enough to not let this man walk all over you and play with your head and heart ! Sound like his ex and him and a perfect nutty match ! Let them have each other ! You deserve so much better trust me !!! Don’t waste your life on him ! I am sure in this life you have been through tough times before and got through them some how ? You can do it again ! Start believing in yourself for a change ! Your with it !

    • Colette May 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Leigh:

      A guy with 4 kids, one nasty ex, no job, and no money … Hello? what did you see in this guy? he is a loserrrrrr , come on!

  4. gie March 12, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    I met this man through on line dating site… we met and can’t help but notice his energy.Later on, he told me that he just got separated from his wife, told him she had affair. To make the story short our relationship is more like saving him from his misery. When he felt a lot more better himself as I looked after him. He starts to flaunt himself more and adding women on fb page. I told him from the very start that I have insecurity issues. Why add women when he knows we are in a relationship. Things got nasty. I argued but he always justify what he do is right.
    He never apologized but continue that he was stupid not to see it would affect the relationship. I didn’t bother to reply his emails anymore. It is just I felt like he never value what we had. And even it is hurting me right now, I can only pray this will pass. I just don’t understand no matter how I try some people are not sensitive enough to know they offend and hurt other people.

    • Sophia June 28, 2014 at 7:25 am #

      He is selfish and immature !

  5. Alyshia May 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    My name is Alyshia. I am currently 16 years old, I know I am young and I am not experienced wnough to know love yet. But I have dared this guy name Damien for 3 years. We broke February 13th. Because he decided to get back with his ex. He has two kids by her. Damien is nothing but 17. I am hurt my 3 years with this jerk and he ups and leaves me for someone who trashed mom’s house and killed his animals and threatened to kill his kids. He use to beat on me that’s why we broke it off. When I called the police on him he swore he would kill me. I have been hiding behind the shadows ever since. But I am better now. we need to stop letting these men hurt us. We CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER!!

  6. CONCERN July 7, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    Alyshia you are very young– you have low self esteem that is why you look for men like that. You need to respect and let men respect you–problem with young girls today is they want to have joy of sex and confuse love for lust and I think that is what happened to you. In life you never let someone put you down nor degrade you. You go forward and learn and become strong. Love is hard to find—you need to become friends first and look at the person that has same kind of goals as you do. Anyone who has killed animals and made threats is not one you want to be with. He will only bring you down. Uplift yourself and just study for now and forget about men for right now. There is enough time for a real relationship in the future.

  7. Eddy August 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Went to that site mainly to uplift my clouded brain and it kinda help me to know that everyone should have second chance, that’s what all those quotes are about
    Been with my girlfriend n later wife for 14 years and she cheated on me as I wasn’t given her desired affection, separated now but still heartbroken n I’m trying to clear my mind
    Is there is a hope for me too? Hope so :-)

  8. angila September 28, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    hey i didn’t had a breakup but his daily drinking habit makes me a great problem, even there’s not a single day we didn’t have misunderstand in my relationship when he is drunk, just i said to him to avoid this habit slowly but what happen don’t know he told me that if u think i m addicted then live your life in your own way i wont disturb you. even told me i m imperfect for u. what to do i m born like that. i tried a lot to convince him. i even said i m sorry i wont ever tell u like that but what is in his mind don’t know. i called him many times,even text him many times but didn’t got any reply, i really love him, i had ex boyfriend, he knows about it but even after 5 months in a relation ship with my current boyfriend he still makes me ashamed while talking about past, what should i do and whenever i tell him tht i really want to go this place then he usually tells me that there are your guys friends you can go with them , i really feel too bad, even when i join him with his friends, he leaves me alone and jst talk with their friends and i should follow him…what should i do?????

  9. Nadie. October 3, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Okay hey… I’m Mhvish. 18 on the go. Hmmm… here is something I wanna share.. I like a guy no no wait I love him. He is my uncle (mom’s cousin). But he is young like he is 21. I fell for him like love at first sight. He and his family had come over to my house when I was 13. Idk what had happened to me I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I dint know his name, was afraid to ask anyone at home. I asked my sis his name. I got his name.. I wanted to talk to him somehow.. I wanted his fb name when I was 15 I finally got his fb name. I checked on to his profile and came to know he was dating a gal.. I wasn’t honestly broken. Because all the while I used to think maybe I’m jus attracted to him.. I always tthot would move on.. but then no I couldn’t. I wanted to talk to him know him.. it wasn’t ofc possible for me to confess my feelings for him becoz he is my uncle. So… Jus to know him I added him on bbm but with a diff pic becoz he wouldn’t ofc accept a niece liking him nor would he talk to me. He dint show any interest in me. Not even a bit. I meet him at a weeding my eyes were all still on him. His brother noticed me staring at him he told the guy.. when the guy (my crush) looked at me he jus made a nasty expression. I was hurt I was totally broken. I told myself I shud move on. And honestly this guy drinks, smokes and does a lot of shit. I had told my cousins abt him and they knew him they all told me he isn’t a good guy I’m ruining my self for him. I actually wwent all insane started cutting, taking pills and shit.. This guy is no good.. but I love him. I love him like crazy. I’ve his number on WhatsApp I check this status, pics daily. He really seems like a guy who won’t understand me. This family is no good either. They are really too proudy and shit. I honestly hate his family.. I wanna move on for 2 reasons:
    1. Becoz he is my uncle, and it’s not acceptable.
    2. Becoz he isn’t a good guy at all. He is a play boy.
    I jus want someone helping me out of this pls. I’m dying everyday for him. I can’t see myself hurting, crying for him. He clearly doesn’t give a fuck on my face.. pls help me.
    It’s been 5 years since I’ve kept this thing in my heart.. and I can’t move on…

  10. Viridiana October 5, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    My ex just dumped me a month ago and I’ve been completely depressed ever since then! I feel like my heart has literally been ripped apart! I’m only 21 yrs old but we had been together since we were 12! Next month would’ve been our 9 yr anniversary :( of course I know it was my fault because I treated him badly in high school and broke his heart then and he never got over it. Yet he decided to give me another chance and we’d never been happier we were going strong for a couple years, living together, got a dog together, and even got engaged!!!! Then suddenly as soon as I graduated college and moved back to our hometown 2 weeks later he just dumps me out of no where!! We were perfectly fine, I thought things were going great! We planned on getting married and even picked our future kids names. We were insepereable and he said he couldn’t live without me and never wanted to spend a minute apart then a week later he calls it off, I was so blind sided and all he told me was that it was because he just never got over the fact that I broke his heart in high school and doesn’t think it’s fair to keep the relationship going if he couldn’t get past it. I blame myself for it and I feel like it’s karma but I just didn’t expect it at all and that’s what hurts the most, thinking things were so perfect and planning a future with him. He was my first love and I don’t think I’ll ever find someone like him, I love him with all my heart and now it’s over and I hate myself for it!!

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