This article is an analysis of some of the best ever quotes about heart break.

Heart break is defined in general as great sorrow, grief, or anguish.  It is a condition that people most often associate with loss, such as the loss of a family member, spouse, job, championship basketball game, etc.  The contexts vary widely, but this fact is universal; heart break is a painful state to have to find oneself in.

Here are some great quotes about heartbreak:

- “The heart was made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde

Famed Irish poet and author Oscar Wilde presents here what I consider to be the most concise and insightful account of heart break. 

Has there ever been a person that lived to adulthood that did not experience the emotional pain associated with heart break at least once?  I doubt it, and I bet Mr. Wilde did as well.  This is because heart break is a fundamental and almost necessary component of human life.  We are fragile beings, and our hearts and minds are incredibly susceptible to sorrow, grief and anguish.  But without this vulnerability that is present within each of us, we would never experience pain.  And we were made to experience pain, so that we may grow, and be reminded that we are indeed still ALIVE! 

- “To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.  Wrap it carefully around with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.  But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless and airless - it will change.  It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”  - C.S. Lewis

Renowned British scholar and novelist C.S. Lewis sums up the consequences of trying to prevent heart break pretty clearly here. 

To love, is to risk getting your heart broken.  We either take that risk, or we do not in order to avoid pain.  It would seem that by choosing not to love, and thereby not risking heart break, we set ourselves up to be happier people.  But in reality, the pain that stems from not loving is far greater and colder to the heart than the pain that can and often does result from loving deeply and continually (as Mr. Lewis alludes to).

- “When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters anymore.  It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.” – George Bernard Shaw

This is a great quote about the nature of heart break that I am sure so many of us are familiar with.  When are hearts are severely broken, we feel dead inside.  It is as if most of the light and energy within us has been obliterated.  But in truth, it is simply a return to a state of better clarity.  It is when we begin to acknowledge the reality of loss more deeply; to learn to accept it, make peace with it, and from there move forward.

- “Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” – C.S. Lewis

Old C.S. must have gone through some pretty intense heart break during his time to become such an astute scholar on the topic. 

This quote on heart break is important not so much because of how silence can make us feel, but because of how it can make the ones we love feel.  So for goodness sake, TELL the people that you cherish in your life that you love them, and do it now.  This is an especially good tip for men, as women typically need to hear those cherished three words far more than their male counterparts do.

I hope you enjoyed these quotes about heart break!