30 Failed Marriage Quotes That Are Heart Wrenching

30 Most heartfelt failed marriage quotes you should read

By Fred S.
30 Failed Marriage Quotes That Are Heart Wrenching

We all know how beautiful it is to see a man go down on his knees to propose to his woman, asking her to spend the rest of their lives together; it brings tears to the eyes of every witness. She says yes, they take magical vows to be sincere partners to each other in sickness and health, till the last of their breaths. But as it begins, things come crumbling down sometimes, resulting in a failing marriage beyond control. It breaks your heart to even think about it, and actually going through it is unimaginably painful for anyone.  We’ve gathered some quotes to tell you how this detrimental feeling is common to every member of a divorce, keep reading to go on a melancholic textual ride.   

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1. “Monsieur, if a wife's nature loathes that of the man she is wedded to, a marriage must be slavery. Against slavery all right thinkers revolt, and through torture is the price of resistance, torture must be dared: though the only road to freedom lies through the gates of death, those gates must be passed; for freedom is indispensable. Then, monsieur, I would resist as far as my strength permitted; when that strength failed I should be sure of a refuge. Death would certainly screen me both from bad laws and their consequences.” ― Charlotte Brontë, The Professor

2. “I think about it and yet I know I’ll never be able to leave this cage Even if the warden should let me go I’ve lost the strength to fly away.” ― Forook Farrokhzad

3. “It is not a lack of love, but the lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

4. “It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without central loyalty, life is unfinished.” ― Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

5. “Marriage is like a series of opposing reflections, inverse images getting ever smaller like nesting dolls, each one of you trying to squeeze yourself smaller to fit inside the hopes of the other until one of you cracks or stops existing.” ― Jacob M. Appel, The Biology of Luck

6. “It wasn’t an unhappy marriage? Could marriage be happy, standing on the shaky ground of adultery and a disregard for the wife’s feelings? He didn’t say anything; he listened to her quietly.” ― Neena H. Brar, Tied to Deceit

7. “And I know, with the newfound clarity of being in a relationship myself, that my own parents were never happy together, and probably never would have been, whatever the circumstances” ― Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train

8. “Always remember that whatsoever is happening to you, is happening within you, and whatsoever you are doing, you are doing with yourself. Even when you are angry and hitting somebody else, you are doing something with yourself. The other is just a screen on which you project.” ― Osho, Beloved of My Heart: A Darshan Diary

9. “I knew that my husband was a song that I had forgotten the words to and I was a fuzzy photograph of someone he used to love.” ― Catherine Lacey, Nobody Is Ever Missing

10. “He’d gone into their marriage determined that she would never be alone again. In the end, she’d made him as alone in the world as she.” ― Sherry Thomas, Not Quite a Husband

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11. “He’d gone into their marriage determined that she would never be alone again. In the end, she’d made him as alone in the world as she.” ― Sherry Thomas, Not Quite a Husband

12. “In fact, as I see it, no lover has ever betrayed anybody. It is only ignorance that kills love – nobody betrays it. Both wanted to be together, but somehow both were ignorant. Their ignorance played tricks upon them and became multiplied. By and by they drifted. Then they think that love is dangerous. Love is not dangerous. Only unawareness is dangerous.” ― Osho, Beloved of My Heart: A Darshan Diary

13. “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

14. We’ll remarry someday when we’ve grown, like royalty who’ve earned the throne, an aisle made of gold, to have and to hold. My dress made of rags, a suit that’s so torn. All eyes are on me, but mine only on you. You give your hand, a king to his queen, but know this darling, mulligans aren’t for the weak. By changing the rules, we’re changing the war, the wounds that we’ve known, battle stains on the floor. But from this day on, the same as before, you are the apple, my eyes still adore. Worth more than one shot, though we’ll face the worst a lot, better days will come, if we stay and don’t run. And if a wave takes us out, I know we’ll figure it out. And if the current takes us in, I know we’ll do it all again.” ― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

15. “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

16. “The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving. I didn't want to destroy anything or anybody. I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door, without causing any fuss or consequences, and then not stop running until I reached Greenland.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

17. “You asked why I couldn't forgive you," Nick said, very quietly, and I jumped a little. "It was because you were the love of my life, Harper. And you didn't want to be. That's hard to let go.” ― Kristan Higgins, My One and Only

18. “But in the real world, you couldn't really just split a family down the middle, mom on one side, dad the other, with the child equally divided between. It was like when you ripped a piece of paper into two: no matter how you tried, the seams never fit exactly right again. It was what you couldn't see, those tiniest of pieces, that were lost in the severing, and their absence kept everything from being complete.” ― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

19. “We ruined each other by being together. We destroyed each other’s dreams.” ― Kate Chisman, Run

20. “I'll tell you something, Harpy," he said, his voice almost a whisper now. "It never even occurred to me that we wouldn't make it. And it never occurred to you that we would. You were just waiting for us to go down in flames. I thought we could get through anything.” ― Kristan Higgins, My One and Only

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21. A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you. - Margaret Atwood

22. “Why don’t you just pretend that the asshole dropped dead? You can’t call or write to a dead man. Put a couple of candles in front of his picture, say a few Hail Marys, and get it over with.” ― Isabel Lopez, Isabel's Hand-Me-Down Dreams

23. When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they ‘don’t understand’ one another, but a sign that they have, at least, begun to. - Helen Rowland

24. Divorce isn't such a tragedy. A tragedy's staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce. - Jennifer Weiner

25. If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping. - Mignon McLaughlin

26. Immediately after a divorce or a breakup, your mind whispers that there are plenty more fish in the sea, while your heart shouts that there is only one: whoever you just divorced or broke up with. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana

27. How many divorces are caused by the word ‘nothing?’ I think this would be a very interesting statistic. - Sophie Kinsella

28. “A Plan B life can be just as good or better than a Plan A life. You just have to let go of that first dream and realize that God has already written the first chapter of the new life that awaits you. All you have to do is start reading!” ― Shannon Alder

29. “A horrible end is better than endless horror.” ― Oliver Markus, Sex and Crime: Oliver's Strange Journey

30. “Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another, "I want to know why!” ― Shannon L. Alder

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Going through a divorce with someone you imagined spending your entire life with, is not something you can imagine without actually experiencing it. It’s one of those things that you need to feel to know, and obviously, the quotes above are from those very victims. It can have lasting impacts on a person’s mental health, and it can make or break their lives if not handled well. However, whichever pain it is, it’s always easier to bear through sharing it, and that’s exactly what quotes do. They let you know that you’re not the only one feeling it, and that’s the purpose of this article as well.