101 Inspirational Divorce Quotes to Help You Recover

101 inspirational divorce quotes

A divorce can leave you at a loss for words.  Fortunately, even if you’re left speechless, others who have gone through a divorce already can help you find just the right words to express your sentiments.

Below are 101 inspirational divorce quotes to help you get through your divorce. We hope these quotes help you recover, feel less alone, and begin the healing process.

Hang in there. You will get through this.

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50 Inspirational Divorce Quotes

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” 

– Thomas Fuller

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

– Socrates

“Challenge life through the front windshield, not the rearview mirrors.” 

– Brad Mayne

“Depth is born of pain. There is a mindfulness, self-awareness, sense of humility and humanity that only comes from the isolation of an open wound to the heart. Those small windows where you walk thru fire alone disconnected from the world, expand your spirit and awaken your soul.” 

– Tom Canfield

The best way out is always through

 – Robert Frost

God has a perfect timing for everything. Learn to wait on Him. This brings Him honor, and it brings you peace.

– Psalm 27:14

“The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself.  The challenge is to silence the mind.” 

 – Unknown

“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.” 

– George Eliot

“The art of love … is largely the art of persistence.” 

– Albert Ellis

“The worst kind of sad is not being able to explain why.” 

– Anonymous

“Sometimes the worst place you can be is in your own head.” 

– Anonymous

“One day, someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else.”  

– Unknown

“Divorce is a fire exit. When a house is burning, it doesn’t matter who set the fire. If there is no fire exit, everyone in the house will be burned!” 

– Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.” 

– Robert H. Schuller

“Some people think that it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.” 

– Unknown

“Do not mock a pain you have not endured.” 

– Unknown

“It hurts when you realize you aren’t as important to someone as you thought you were.” 

– Anonymous

“Divorce is a process, not an event.” 

– Unknown

“There’s a difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.” 

– Unknown

“Each divorce is the death of a small civilization.” 

– Pat Conroy

“What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else.” 

– Stephanie Klein

“Lies don’t end relationships the truth does.”  

– Shannon L. Alder

“With divorce…you’re not dead—you’re dormant.” 

– Cheryl Nielsen

“If you have been divorced, you know it hurts – especially if your marriage had lasted many years. Whatever the circumstances of your relationship, and whatever the nature of its ending, there is always grief and regret – perhaps regret over the ending, or perhaps regret over not ending the relationship sooner – or perhaps both. Nonetheless, move past the grief and regret. No matter how painful, divorce, like all endings, opens the door to new beginnings.” 

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“It’s like you feel to yourself that’s all you deserve. And the worse it gets the more it seems true, that you got it coming to you or it wouldn’t be that way.” 

– Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

“Being in a relationship should not feel like being in prison.”

– Angel Moreira

“One of the most boring things about being in a relationship is that your partner usually makes their boredom your problem.” 

– Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“I don’t know what makes people start wanting each other any more than I know what makes it stop all of a sudden. I just know that when you lose it once, you’ll never take it for granted again.”

– Sue Merrell, Great News Town

“When a relationship dies, you don’t lose it all at once. You lose it gradually over weeks, months, and years—the way a person’s scent slowly fades from an old jacket they used to wear.” 

– Anonymous

“In college, I had a course in Latin, and one day the word “divorce” came up. I always figured it came from some root that meant “divide.” In truth, it comes from “divertere,” which means “to divert.” 

– Unknown

“I believe that. All divorce does is divert you, taking you away from everything you thought you knew and everything you thought you wanted and steering you into all kinds of other stuff, like discussions about your mother’s girdle and whether she should marry someone else.”

– Mitch Albom, For One More Day

“Treat your relationship
As if you are growing
The most beautiful sacred flower.

Keep watering it,
Tend to the roots,
And always make sure
The petals are full of color
And are never curling.

Once you neglect your plant,
It will die,
As will your relationship.”

– Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“When it hurts to move on, just remember the pain you felt hanging on.” 

– Unknown

“Marry hope, divorce tension!” 

– Md. Ziaul Haque

“When you fully trust a person for life, you get one of two results.  You either get a person for life or a lesson for life.”

– Unknown

“At some point, you have to let go of what you thought should be happening and actually live what is happening.” 

– Unknown

“No relationship is ever a waste of time.  If it didn’t bring you what you want, it taught you what you didn’t want.” 

– Anonymous

“It’s funny how sometimes the people you’d take a bullet for are the ones behind the trigger.” 

– Unknown

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

– Lena Horne

“No winter lasts forever.  No spring skips its turn.” 

– Hal Borland

“Everything will be okay in the end.  If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” 

– Unknown

“Never argue with someone who believes their own lies.” 

– Unknown

It’s time to be happy again. 

– Unknown

Have a nice life.  I’m done trying to be in it.

 – Unknown

“When people treat you like they don’t care, believe them.” 

– Anonymous

Getting divorced sucks.  Being divorced doesn’t.

– Bumper Sticker

“The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.” 

– Unknown

“After a breakup, the loyal one stays single and deals with the damages until healed.  The other one is already in another relationship.” 

– Anonymous

“It sucks doesn’t it, feeling like you’re not good enough.” 

– Unknown

“The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” 

– Carroll Bryant

“Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you.” 

– Rupi Kaur

Inspirational Divorce Quotes for Him

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” 

– Charles Bukowski

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” 

– Winston Churchill

“Wronged wives were a law unto themselves.” 

– Kate Atkinson

“He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” 

– Unknown

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” 

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” 

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Don’t let a win get to your head or a loss to your heart.”

– Public Enemy “He Got Game”

“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” 

– Blaise Pascal

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” 

– Paul Boese

“There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet.” 

– Robert Jordan

“OSCAR. Don’t you know what’s happening to the old gang? It’s breaking up. Everyone’s getting divorced….I swear, we used to have better games when we couldn’t get out at night.” 

– Neil Simon, The Odd Couple

“For the first year or so, you keep the relationship going. Not willing to admit it’s truly over, the both of you keep playing the game. You push her buttons, she pushes yours. Your intimate knowledge of one another, the secrets you once whispered in close moments, are now weaponized.” 

– The Guardian

“I’m sorry.  I couldn’t hear you over the little voice in my head saying, “what a load of crap!” 

– Unknown

“My parents’ divorce was explosive. But as with all things that explode, a clean, flattened area was created. I could see the horizon now. The fights between my parents would be over because they weren’t speaking; the tension in the house would be eased because there was no house. The canvas was now clean.” 

– Augusten Burroughs, Running with Scissors

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” 

– Bill Gates

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”   

– Babe Ruth

“Only take advice from someone you want to trade places with.” 

– Unknown

“The best revenge is massive success.” 

– Frank Sinatra

“Divorce is an epidemic that causes as much pain as any disease.” 

– Oscar Auliq-Ice

“Sometimes, the best reason to let go of a toxic relationship is because your child is watching.” 

– Chris Sain, Jr.

“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.” 

– Plato

“A strong man stands up for himself.  A stronger man stands up for others.” 

– Anonymous

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” 

– Albert Einstein

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” 

– Tim Ferriss

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” 

– Desmond Tutu

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” 

– William Ernest Henley

“Don’t hide your scars, they make you who you are.” 

– Frank Sinatra

Inspirational Divorce Quotes for Her

“Life is a series of reboots.”

– Katie Couric

“I don’t miss him, I miss who I thought he was.” 

– Unknown

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” 

– Maya Angelou

“I played possum. I did this, as the possum does, out of fear.” 

– Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“The man who leaves you is simply clearing the way for the one you deserve.”   

– Naide P Obiang

“When people divorce, it’s always such a tragedy. At the same time, if people stay together it can be even worse.”

– Monica Bellucci

“Never argue with an idiot. He drags you down to his level and beats you with experience.” 

– Anonymous

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” 

– Mother Teresa

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” 

– Katharine Hepburn

“I used to hope that you’d bring me flowers. Now I plant my own.” 

– Rachel Wolchin

“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” 

– Victoria Holt

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

“Just another of our many disagreements.  He wants a no-fault divorce, whereas I would prefer to have the bastard crucified.” 

– J.B. Handlesman

“Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.”

– Joseph Joubert

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand

“Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”

– Lady Gaga

“The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality but must live with a character.” 

– Peter Devries

“It takes two to destroy a marriage.” 

– Margaret Trudeau

“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” 

– Estée Lauder

“Strong women intimidate boys and excite men.” 

– Anonymous

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” 

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.” 

– Anonymous

“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

“In your hesitation, I found my answer.” 

– Anonymous

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.” 

– Mark Twain

“Even the jerks earn some of our affection. We can be glad they’re gone and yet still mourn the good parts.” 

– Shannon Hale, Midnight in Austenland

“Divorced men are more likely to meet their car payments than their child support obligations.” 

– Susan Faludi

“Losing a mate to death is devastating but it’s not a personal attack like divorce. When somebody you love stops loving you and walks away, it’s an insult beyond comparison.” 

– Sue Merrell, Great News Town

“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 last, begun to.” 

– Helen Rowland

“A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you.” 

– Margaret Atwood

“It was amazing the things a person could get used to when they really had no other choice.”

– Vivian Barz

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