Divorce Quotes

This collection of divorce quotes will help you gain a new perspective on life that will hopefully enable you to go through your divorce with a little more poise.

Divorce Quotes Index

A New Perspective
About Divorce
Being Single
Bible Verses on Divorce
Develop a Positive Mental Attitude
Encouragement on Financial Matters
Growth Through Adversity
Letting Go
Love After Divorce
Moving On

A New Perspective

"Your relationship may be 'Breaking Up,' but you won't be 'Breaking Down.' If anything you’re correcting a mistake that was hurting four people, you and the person you’re with, not to mention the two people who you were destined to meet."
~ D. Ivan Young, in "Break Up, Don't Break Down"

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
~ Alexander Graham Bell

"Well, it's true that I have been hurt in my life. Quite a bit. But it's also true that I have loved, and been loved. And that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It's like that pie chart we talked about earlier. In the end, I'll look back on my life, and see that the greatest piece of it was love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness... those will be there too, but just smaller slivers, tiny pieces."
~ Sarah Dessen, in "This Lullaby"

"Turn your scars into stars."
~ Robert H. Schuller

"There's nothing like a family crisis, especially a divorce, to force a person to re-evaluate his life."
~ Michael Douglas

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"Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all."
~ St. Augustine

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."
~ Victoria Holt

"Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done."
~ William Shakespeare

"A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one."
~ Mae West

"Pain is never permanent."
~ Teresa of Avila

"Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost."
~ Robert H. Schuller

"I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me, but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss."
~ Rita Mae Brown

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
~Helen Keller

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"You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety."
~Abraham Maslow

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
~Harriet Beecher Stowe

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
~Mother Theresa

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."
~ M. Kathleen Casey

"Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have."
~ Louis E. Boone

"Whatever comes, this too shall pass away."
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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About Divorce

"Divorce is a declaration of independence with only two signers."
~ Gerald F. Lieberman

"If marriage means you fell in love, does divorce mean you climbed out?"
~ Unknown

"Nowadays love is a matter of chance, matrimony a matter of money and divorce a matter of course."
~ Helen Rowland

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"Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass."
~ Mary Kay Blakely

"I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters."
~ Susan B. Anthony

"Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries."
~ Ambrose Bierce

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Being Single

"Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you're pretty sexy and you're taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with."
~ Sex and the City

"Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better."
~ Albert Camus

"Being single isn’t bad. What is bad is giving up hope on finding that someone special."
~ Anonymous

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"All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone."
~ Jean De La Bruyere

"When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death--ourselves."
~ Eda LeShan

"It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves".
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bible Verses on Divorce

"When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife."
~ Bible - Deuteronomy 24:1-2

"But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace."
~ Bible - 1 Corinthians 7:10-15

Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."
~ Bible - Matthew 19:9-9

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Develop a Positive Mental Attitude

"A positive attitude will not solve all the problems in the world, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
~ Unknown

"Re-examine all you have been told . . . Dismiss what insults your Soul."
~ Walt Whitman

"It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
~ A. A. Milne

"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
~ Carl Jung

"I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable ... but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
~ Agatha Christie

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy."
~ The 14th Dalai Lama

"Your mind can only hold one thought at a time. Make it a positive and constructive one."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"Live the life you've dreamed."
~ Henry David Thoreau

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Encouragement on Financial Matters

"There are two ways of being rich. One is to have all you want, and the other is to be satisfied with what you have."
~ Unknown

"I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation."
~ Mike Todd

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"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
~ Gandhi

"Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past."
~ Joan Borysenko

“You have to forgive to forget, and forget, to feel again.”
~ Unknown

"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
~ Hannah Arendt

"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself."
~ Harriet Nelson

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."
~ Lewis Smedes

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
~ Paul Boese

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Growth Through Adversity

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
~ Chinese proverb

"We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature."
~ Ida R. Wylie

"My parent’s divorce and hard times at school, all those things combined to mold me, to make me grow up quicker. And it gave me the drive to pursue my dreams that I wouldn’t necessarily have had otherwise."
~ Christina Aguilera

"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."
~ Louisa May Slcott

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"How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we’d profit from them."
~ Lucille Ball

"A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table."
~ Jean Kerr

"The difference between divorce and legal separation is that a legal separation gives a husband time to hide his money."
~ Johnny Carson

"My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never."
~ Jack Benny

"In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity."
~ Lauren Bacall

"Conrad Hilton was very generous to me in the divorce settlement. He gave me 5000 Gideon Bibles."
~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

"The only time my wife and I had a simultaneous orgasm was when the judge signed the divorce papers."
~ Woody Allen

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"I can’t get divorced because I’m a Catholic. Catholics don’t get divorced. They stay together through anger and hatred and festering misery, just like God intended."
~ Lenny Clarke

"Marriage isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Let me tell you, honestly. Marriage is probably the chief cause of divorce."
~ Larry Gelbart

"You know why divorces are so expensive? Because they’re worth it."
~ Willie Nelson

"Whoever said "Marriage is a 50-50 proposition" laid the foundation for more divorce fees than any other short sentence in our language."
~ Austin Elliot

"A divorcee is a women who got married so she didn't have to work, but now works so she doesn't have to get married."
~ Anna Magnani

"Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce."
~ P. J. O'Rourke

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"For some reason, we see divorce as a signal of failure, despite the fact that each of us has a right, and an obligation, to rectify any other mistake we make in life."
~ Joyce Brothers

"In every marriage more than a week old there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find and continue to find grounds for marriage."
~ Robert Anderson

"The worst reconciliation is better than the best divorce."
~ Miguel de Cervantes Saaverdra

"When two divorced people marry, four people get into bed."
~ Jewish Proverb

"Americans, who make more of marrying for love than any other people, also break up more of their marriages, but the figure reflects not so much the failure of love as the determination of people not to live without it."
~ Morton Hunt

"Nobody is worth your tears, and the one who is, won’t make you cry."
~ Unknown

"Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together."
~ Anonymous

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"Time heals all wounds, unless you pick at them."
~ Shawn Alexander

"Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."
~ Martin Luther King

"A stop sign is a gift for you to learn that moving in the same direction won't take you any place new."
~ Rex Steven Sikes

"Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day."
~ William Shakespeare

"Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do."
~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

"An open marriage is nature's way of telling you that you need a divorce."
~ Ann Landers

"You never really know a man until you have divorced him."
~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

"Regret and fear are twin thieves that rob us of today."
~ Robert Hastings

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"If you really love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours, if not it wasn’t meant to be."
~ Unknown

"The loss of love is not nearly as painful as our resistance to accepting it is."
~ Tigress Luv

"I don’t miss him, I miss who I thought he was."
~ Unknown

"It's not the situation ... It's your reaction to the situation."Robert Conklin

"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself."
~ Ethel Barrymore

"Joy is not in things; it is in us."
~ Richard Wagner

"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

"You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding."
~ Guy Finley

"When people divorce, it's always such a tragedy. At the same time, if people stay together it can be even worse."
~ Monica Bellucci

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Letting Go

"Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?"
~ Mary Manin Morrissey

"Some people think that it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go."
~ Unknown

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Love After Divorce

"Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love."
~ Leo Buscaglia

"When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach."
~ French Proverb

"If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself."
~ Barbara De Angelis

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
~ Jalal ud-Din Rumi

"The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy."
~ Jim Rohn

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"Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself."
~ Leo Buscaglia

"When your looking for your Mr.Right you will never find him but when you least expect it he will be knocking on your door."
~ Ashley Thomey

"The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers."
~ Deepak Chopra

"You can't force someone to love you; all you can do is become someone who can be loved; the rest is up them."
~ Anonymous

"Keep your heart right, even when it is sorely wounded."
~ J. C. Macaulay

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Moving On

"The beginning is always today."
~ Mary Wollstonecraft

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
~ John Wayne

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
~ Andre Gide

"It takes courage to push things forward."
~ Mo Mowlam

"I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said "Nic, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is."
~ Nicole Kidman

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
~ Soren Kierkegaard

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"Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future."
~ Robert H. Schuller

"I don't dwell in the past; I don't wallow in old events and emotions. I don't waste time on regret. No use going over and over the details of what already happened."
~ Yanni

"Never live for yesterday."
~ Anonymous

"Don’t let the past steal your present."
~ Cherralea Morgen

"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time."
~ Charles F. Kettering

"To move forward today, you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday's hurts, tragedies and baggage. You can't build a monument to past problems and fail forward."
~ John Maxwell

"Move on, it's just a chapter in the past. But don't close the book just turn the page."
~ Cayla Mills

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"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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