Ex Quotes to Help You Make the Most Out of Your Break-up

Stephanie Kirby

They say love is hard but no one warns you how difficult it can be to go through a break-up.

These ex quotes will help.

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It’s hard to believe that a person you once loved so much could cause you so much hurt, anger, and grief.

Break-ups can be hard whether you’ve been together for a month or for years.

There are many emotions you’ll experience.

Some days you might be sad and think about trying to get back together and other days they might be the person you hate the most in the world.

These Ex quotes will help you get through the ups and downs.

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Ex quotes about love

1. “Why are old lovers able to become friends? Two reasons. They never truly loved each other, or they love each other still.” – Whitney Otto

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2. “Love doesn’t leave you. Not all at once. It creeps back in, making you think it can be another way, that it can still be another way, and you have to remind yourself of the reasons that it probably won’t be.” – Laura Dave

3. “I thought I still loved you but then I realized I just love the memories of who you used to be.” – Morgan Hanthom

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4. “When someone loves you, there’s nothing they won’t do for you. When they stop loving you, there’s nothing they will.” – Matt Dunn

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Ex quotes about not getting back together

5. “Some people don’t realize what they have until it’s gone, but that does not always mean they are supposed to get it back.” – Stephan Labossiere

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6. “We are never ever, ever getting back together.” — Taylor Swift

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7. “All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” – Mae West

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8. “Realizing that many you once thought the world of are nothing but glorified assholes means you’ve grown up.” – Crystal Woods

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9. “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” – Mandy Hale

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10. “Usually, a breakup is caused by, or causes, the revelation of one of the parties’ true colours.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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11. “Yes, I made the mistake of falling in love with a man without any feelings. Now it all makes sense.”― Sophie Kinsella

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12. “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel

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13. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

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14. “I don’t think much about guys from the past. I’m glad I knew them, but there’s a reason they didn’t make it into my future.” – Lorraine Rosenthal

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Ex quotes about the pain of breaking up

According to a study by the University of Arizona, individuals who experience a more positive emotional recovery after a breakup are more likely to report higher levels of personal growth and development, indicating the potential long-term benefits of effectively managing breakup-related emotions.

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This suggests that inspirational quotes and messages may have a positive impact on individuals’ personal growth and development.

15. “You’re gone and you left me. My heart has dissipated. The only thing I can feel is the blood rushing through my veins and the strings that hold my fragile heart together.” – Karen Quan

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16. “You have the right to leave someone, but at least tell them why, cause what’s even more painful than being abandoned, is knowing you’re not worth an explanation.” – Drake

17. “I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh, but I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry.” – Dr. Seuss

18. “No matter how bad you want a person, if your hearts are in two different places, you’ll have to pass and move on.” – Alexandra Elle

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19. “You keep waiting for the heaviness to leave you. You keep waiting for the moment you never think about the ex again. It doesn’t come.” – Junot Díaz

20. “It hurts when one day you wake up and you know you’re missing someone from your past but they are not there for you anymore.” – Norma Marthalia 

21. “I felt her absence. It was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth. You wouldn’t need to run to the mirror to know they were gone.” – James Dashner

22. “I know my heart will never be the same but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay” – Sara Evans

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Ex quotes for when you miss them

23. “I miss everything about you… I can’t believe that I still want you. After all the things we’ve been through. I miss everything about you.” – Colbie Caillat

24. “It’s probably a bad indicator of your lifestyle when you miss your ex-boyfriend because he’s absolutely lethal.” – Charlaine Harris

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25. “They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don’t think it’s possible for you to miss me as much as I’m missing you right now.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
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26. “I don’t want you back, but I would kill for the feeling of meeting you all over again.” – Jessica Katoff

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27. “It’s crazy how you can go months or years without talking to someone but they still cross your mind every day.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

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28. “My heart won’t let you go, and I need you to know, I miss you.” – Miley Cyrus

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29. “But I must admit I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby.” – Lemony Snicket

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30. “I think it’s important to realize you can miss something, but not want it back.” – Paulo Coelho

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31. “Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.” – Warsan Shire

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32. “I miss him in so many ways, but right now I miss him in the way you always miss someone when you’re single among a room full of couples.” – Emily Griffin

33. “I miss you more than the sun misses the sky at night.” – Taylor Swift

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34. “So for now I say goodbye to this chapter of my life and I look forward to what comes next.” — Brooke Davis

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35. “We were on a break!” — Ross Gellar

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More ex quotes

36. “Oftentimes someone leaves their partner who is comparable to the sun for someone else who is comparable to a spark.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

37. “Drinking coffee with your ex is healthy. It’s good for the soul.”― Leju Thomas

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38. “We are all trying to get over the person who broke our hearts. We are all far from perfect.” – Alex Rosa

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39. “..And now you’ve lost the only thing that ever made you feel alive.”― Keith Urban

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40. “Sometimes a woman will look back on what she had, not because she wants to go there but to motivate her to do better.” – Reuben “Mulah Truth” Holmes II

41. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.” – Paulo Coelho

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42. “It is better to lock up your heart with a merciless padlock than to fall in love with someone who doesn’t know what they mean to you.”― Michael Bassey Johnson

43. “I cannot compromise my respect for your love. You can keep your love, I will keep my respect.”― Amit Kalantri

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44. “Sometimes, I don’t know what haunts me more… the memories of you… or the happy person I used to be.” – Ranata Suzuki

45. “The best revenge you can get on your ex is to move on and let them see you happy with someone that treats you better than they did.” – Sonya Parker

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46. “Some people are very happy despite their ex’s absence; some, because of it.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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47. “Ex-girlfriends are like car wrecks. You shouldn’t want to know the details, but you do.”
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48. “Dating an ex is the equivalent of failing a test you already had the answers to.” – Kendrick Cole
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49. “Everyone has that one ex that they don’t claim.” – Nitya Prakash

50. “Blaming the ex for the breakup is like blaming the clothes for not fitting you.” – Khang Nguyen

Ex Quotes To Encourage You In Finding A New Partner

51. “You should not propose marriage until you have resolved your feelings about your ex.” ― Amy Dickinson

52. “In what twisted universe would a girl who’s just been dumped still want to be friends with the boy who dumped her?” ― Susane Colasanti

53. “When you delete pictures of your ex off your phone, it feels lighter.” ― Dane Cook

54. “Going back to your ex is like taking back your spit from the ground.” ― M.F. Moonzajer

55. “Whatever he’s calling his ex right now, he’ll be calling you when things don’t go his way. Be warned.” ― Miya Yamanouchi

56. “When your ex says ‘You’ll never find anyone like me’. Say ‘that’s the point’.” ― Drake

57. “Things You Shouldn’t Say on a Date: 8. My ex, may he rot in hell forever…” ― Gena Showalter

58. “​​Your basic extended family today includes your ex-husband or -wife, your ex’s new mate, your new mate, possibly your new mate’s ex, and any new mate that your new mate’s ex has acquired.” ― Delia Ephron

59. “It’s disconcerting to realize how little you have to say to someone who once occupied such a prominent place in your bed.” ― Sue Grafton

60. “It is possible for your ex, your boyfriend or girlfriend, or your husband or wife, to no longer be your type.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Thought Provoking Ex Quotes

61. “Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?” — Bill Maher

62. “I love firm hugs. Statues are so affectionate. Well, at least compared to my ex wife.” — Jarod Kintz

63. “He counts as an ex because he made me feel dumped even without making me feel loved first.” — David Levithan

64. “Sitting on the sidewalk outside of his workplace like some creepy stalker ex-girlfriend, waiting for him to come out so I can ambush him with love.” — Cynthia Hand

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65. “When your ex asks you to remain friends after you break-up, it’s like a kidnapper asking you to “keep-in-touch” after he releases you.” — Nitya Prakash

66. “Men who stayed friends with their ex-girlfriends were Feathery Strokers. Especially if they called them their “ex-partner.” — Marian Keyes

67. “I had a dream that my boyfriend went back to his ex… I woke up and giggled because you don’t pick up a rock after finding a diamond.” — Starley Ard

68. “Fletcher was always going to be your ex-boyfriend, from the moment you met him. He’s just finally caught up with where he’s supposed to be.” — Derek Landy

69. “I love my ex so much I printed out all his pictures. After all, I need him for target practice. And I just love customized toilet paper and doormats. My only regret is that those items don’t bear his autograph.” — Natalya Vorobyova

70. “One day your kids will ask you “What is love?” And you will look at your spouse and remember your ex.” — Nitya Prakash

Ex Quotes for Coping With a Breakup

71. “Did you know when you go it’s the perfect ending / To the bad day I was just beginning / When you go all I know is you’re my favorite mistake.” ― Jeff Trott

72. “Got a long list of ex lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane / But I’ve got a blank space, baby / And I’ll write your name.” ― Max Martin

73. “When I said I hope you’re happy, didn’t mean it / Never thought you’d be so good at moving on / When I’m lying wide awake, you’re probably sleeping / And maybe what I’m thinking is wrong.” ― Adam King Feeney

74. “Forget about your ex he wasn’t good enough / Only when he called is when the spot got rough.” ― Cliff Lighty

75. “Send my love to your new lover / Treat her better / We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts / We both know we ain’t kids no more.” ― Adele Adkins

76. “Shout out to my ex, you’re really quite the man / You made my heart break and that made me who I am.” ― Camille Purcell et al

77. “I loved you, and / You love me / And I just couldn’t see tomorrow, baby / And I cared for you / And I didn’t see us through / Now I know in my heart you will always be / The greatest x ever.” ― Christopher A. Stewart

78. “Here’s to my ex, hey, look at me now / Well, I, I’m all the way up / I swear you’ll never bring me down.” ― Camille Purcell et al

79. “And I just can’t believe / We went from strangers to lovers to strangers in a lifetime / Now just memories / We’ve gone from strangers to lovers to strangers / Yeah.” ― Charlie Puth

80. “But since you been gone / I can breathe for the first time / I’m so movin’ on, yeah, yeah / Thanks to you / Now I get what I want.” ― Lukasz Gottwald

Which of these ex quotes inspired you to keep your head up and move on

As you work through the difficult emotions that can come with a break-up, keep this list of ex quotes close by.

It can be helpful to hear from others that understand what you are feeling or read quotes that can be a good reminder on why you should put your phone down and not give your ex a call.

Keep your head up and each day will get a little better and you’ll get a little stronger.

Choose a few quotes that help you the most and put them somewhere that you will see them during the hard times.

Eventually, this break-up will be in the past and you’ll be thankful to be past the relationship.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these ex quotes and sayings?

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Do you have any other helpful quotes to add?

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Stephanie Kirby
Stephanie Kirby is a Lifestyle Writer at Everyday Power and the Founder of Rising River Marketing. She is also experienced in SEO and WordPress. As a freelance writer, she has helped create content that will position business owners as an authority in their markets while providing valuable content for their readers. The principal areas of work include content surrounding mental health, leadership and personal development, and small business growth. She enjoys partnering with therapists and coaches to help them connect with clients online and better the world by helping people.She understands that customer service is a key component in growing your business. Focusing on the minor details and ensuring that the customer or reader has an excellent experience is paramount to success. She strives to carry those details into every aspect of businesses, including any content she creates.
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