Read these bittersweet lost love quotes and feel the love, loss, heartbreak, and regret as if it were a fresh flesh wound.

Whoever said, “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,” may not really have had his heart broken.

When you lose someone you love—whether from a bad fight, separation, tragedy, or any other reason—nothing compares to the pain of lost love. There are really no words to describe it, much less escape it. All you can do is feel it, let it wash over you wave after wave, until the time comes when you can truly bring yourself to move on again.

With lost love comes the pain of separation and the fear of goodbye. There’s also the torment of regret, the immense pain of heartbreak, and the helplessness you feel when you lose your life’s love. So if you’re feeling down because of lost love, may you find something here to either inspire you or help you cope. [Read: The real reason why love hurts when it goes bad]

Separation and goodbye

#1 “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Kahlil Gibran

#2 “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go.” – Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

#3 “Then I said goodnight and tucked you away inside a place called Nostalgia, where you’ll always remain unspoiled, somewhere between my lungs that used to breathe ocean air and my belly that fluttered with hope.” – Victoria Erickson

#4 “When its gone, you’ll know what a gift love was. You’ll suffer like this. So go back and fight to keep it.” – Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

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#5 “Maybe it’s time to let him go. Find someone who truly appreciates you. That person is out there.” – Summer Felix, Lost and ProFound

#6 “Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.” – Anonymous

#7 “Just because we don’t talk doesn’t mean I don’t think about you. I’m just trying to distance myself because I know I can’t have you.” – Wiz Khalifa

#8 “We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe [Read: 10 ways to love more and hurt less in relationships]

#9 “One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.” – Unknown

#10 “To meet, to know, to love—and then to part, Is the sad tale of many a heart.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

#11 “There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.” – Tennessee Williams

#12 “Is love supposed to last throughout all time, or is it like trains changing at random stops? If I loved her, how could I leave her?” – Jeff Melvoin

#13 “Sometimes you just need to run away just to see who will come after you.” – Lisa Brooks


#14 “When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?” – Shannon L. Alder

#15 “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” – Jonathan Harnisch, Freak

#16 “You realize how much you love someone once that someone is gone… gone forever, and you are filled with regret and sadness.” – Ama H. Vanniarachchy

#17 “You’ll always be my favorite ‘What if.’” – Unknown

#18 “I never knew until that moment how bad it could hurt to lose something you never really had.” – Wonder Years

#19 “Suddenly she realized that what she was regretting was not the lost past but the lost future, not what had not been but what would never be.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

#20 “Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” – David Grayson

#21 “A person can be in love with someone forever till the end of time. But if that person doesn’t tell or show the feelings of love, it will be just another person living a dream, lost of true love.” – Anonymous

#21 “I made sure to do everything correctly and ensured to make you happy in every way I could. But one thing I did not make sure of was that you would leave me. That is something I was not prepared for.” – Leah Jones

#22 “I wonder if I could take back every ‘I love you’ ever said to you, would I do it?” – Faraaz Kazi

#23 “There are so many people to fall in love with but I chose to fall for you. That was the biggest mistake of my life, but I know that like all difficult things come to an end, even this will and you will return back someday.” – Ava Benson [Read: 30 most romantic love quotes from books and literature]


#24 “A broken heart is just the growing pains necessary so that you can love more completely when the real thing comes along.” – J.S.B. Morse, Now and at the Hour of Our Death

#25 “I know that’s what people say–you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, you’ll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.” – Betty Smith, A Tree Grown is Brooklyn

#26 “‘I met someone.’ And the leaves fell from the trees, landing to float in the calm black waters.” – Lesley Walton

#27 “They say what doesn’t kill u makes u stronger… but truth is sometimes it does kill u, it kills a part of u then it makes u stronger.” – Tilicia Haridat

#28 “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

#29 “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

#30 “You were home and I don’t know how to not go home.” – Leo Christopher

#31 “There can be no great love without great pain.” – Anonymous

#32 “There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict in one another.” – Cyril Connolly

#33 “The saddest thing in the world, is loving someone who used to love you.” – Anonymous

#34 “Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” – Bette Davis

#35 “Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.” – Anonymous

[Read: All the quotes you’ll ever need while going through a breakup]

Unrequited and lost love

#36 “Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” – Dylan Thomas

#37 “I knew I would hate my best memory because it would prove that people could fake love or that love could end or worst of all, love was not powerful enough to change a life.” – Mona Simpson

#38 “When you run out of love, it’s really hard to understand whether you have lost your heart or your heart has lost you…” – Munia Khan

#39 “Lost love is still love. It takes a different form.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

#40 “You’ll finally realize the importance of the spark of that diamond once you lost it.” – RSCruz

#41 “Let no one who loves be unhappy… even love unreturned has its rainbow.” – James Matthew Barrie

#42 “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.” – Washington Irving

#43 “It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Lord Tennnyson

#44 “I didn’t lose you. You lost me. You’ll search for me inside of everyone you’re with and I won’t be found.” – R.H.Sin

#45 “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.” – Anais Nin


While these sad lost love quotes may make you even sadder, they may also help you cope. After all, you sometimes have to fully feel the pain to be able to finally let it go. And remember, time heals all wounds. No matter how bad it feels now, it will be over soon. Be good to yourself and never lose hope even if you lost your love—you may one day find love again.



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