Divorce Quotes That Will Help Anyone Through Their Divorce

By Abigail Boyd|Updated June 21, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Rashonda Douthit , LCSW

Divorce can be a difficult time for anyone going through it. Whether it came as a surprise or both of you agreed that divorce was the right option, a divorce can still play havoc with your emotions. You may experience regret, sadness, numbness, and loneliness, among other emotions. Even if you have a great support system around you helping you through it, you can still have moments of feeling alone. These are when people need the most comfort and support, and words can be a great source of these.

The words of others who have been there can help us process our feelings and feel less alone. Sometimes, these words can profoundly affect making you feel understood than advice from friends or family members who haven’t been through divorce themselves.

How Inspirational Quotes Can Help You

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When you said your vows, you most likely assumed that you would be with your partner forever. Whether your marriage lasted only a few months or a decade, divorce can take a toll on your mental health and self-esteem and disrupt the balance of your life. Sometimes we have trouble putting our difficult feelings into words. In these times, reading a quote that speaks to the heart of what we’re feeling can help us feel understood.

If you’re having difficulty coping with your divorce, here are some amazing quotes that may provide you with encouragement, positivity, and entertainment to get you through the separation. Some quotes may make you laugh, some may touch your heart, but all of them can show you that you’re not alone when you need it most.

  1. Jennifer Weiner

“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.”

  1. Johnathan Lockwood Huie

“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.”

  1. Helen Rowland

“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.”

  1. Zoe Stern

“Divorce can sometimes be for the better. You may end up with happier parents, and you will definitely learn a lot about yourself! And that’s the whole point of growing up. So if you think about it, there are reasons to be happy about this experience, if you can learn and grow from it.”

  1. Jerry Hall

“Divorce is not the end of the world. It’s worse to stay in an unhealthy marriage. That’s a worse example for the children.”

  1. Alana Stewart

“I used to think that divorce meant failure, but now I see it more as a step along the path of self-realization and growth.”

“For anyone going through a divorce or any other painful challenge, the first and most important recommendation I can make is to find some spiritual and emotional support.”

  1. Laura Wasser

“Once you do embark upon the separation or divorce process, it is very important to remember three key things: Be kind, be reasonable, be brief. Remember that this person will no longer be your spouse, but he or she will continue to be your co-parent, family member, and perhaps a business partner in certain assets or entities.”

“I’m not a divorce monger by any means, but if you’re not happy in a relationship, and you’ve grown apart, it’s not healthy for a couple to stay together. Kids should see two happy parents than two miserable parents.”

  1. Michael Crawford

“Divorce is never a pleasant experience. You look upon it as a failure. But I learned to be a different person once we broke up. Sometimes you learn more from failure than you do from success.”

  1. Ryan Phillippe

“I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce. But how beneficial is it to keep hanging onto those feelings? If someone lives through an accident, he aims to become better and healthy. I aim to always progress – to make better decisions and be a better father, a better boyfriend, a better husband if it happens again.”

  1. Debbie Ford

“Divorce is a time of change. It really rocks the foundation of most people’s lives. When we have our heart is broken, or our dreams are taken away from us, it is a time of growth and change.”

  1. Wendy Davis

“The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce. And I knew then that I was going to have to work my way up and out of that life if I was going to give my daughter a better life and a better future, and that’s what I’ve done.”

  1. Reese Witherspoon

“There are things in my life that are hard to reconcile, like divorce. Sometimes it isn’t easy to make sense of how it could happen. Laying blame is so easy. I don’t have time for hate or negativity in my life. There’s no room for it.”

  1. Nora Ephron

“One good thing I’d like to say about divorce is that it sometimes makes it possible for you to be a much better wife to your next husband because you have a place for your anger – it’s not directed at the person you’re currently with.”

  1. Helen Fisher

“I think you will find that with divorce will come happier remarriages.”

  1. Sharon Stone

“Divorce is hard and painful and complicated, and something you have to grow through.”

  1. Heidi Klum

“People say, ‘Oh, God, how devastating to go through a divorce.’ Did I wish for this to happen to my family? No. But everyone is healthy; we’re moving on with our lives.”

  1. Olivia Wilde

“I got a divorce, and I felt like I finally started my career. I started making movies and projects that I just really believed in.”

  1. James Denton

“I have a long track record of really horrible relationships and a divorce behind me, so I’m not the guy to ask. I just got really fortunate with this one.”

  1. Tichina Arnold

“I think every person deserves two marriages because you may not get the first one right. You really never knew. That’s why divorce is so big. We all want it to last, but that’s not always the reality of it.”

  1. Meryl Streep

“And then the dream dies, and the dream breaks into a tiny million pieces, which leaves you with a choice. You can either stick with it, which is unbearable, or you can go off and dream another dream.”

  1. Garcelle Beauvais

“Divorce isn’t one-sided, and I am by no means perfect. Becoming accountable for my role in the relationship was very empowering.”

  1. Heidi Priebe

“Sometimes you’re going to have to let one person go a thousand different times, a thousand different ways, and there’s nothing pathetic or abnormal about that. You are human.”

  1. Gwyneth Paltrow

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“I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive. What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything and held myself 100 percent accountable? What if I checked my own shit at the door and put my children first? And reminded me about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship?”

  1. Deborah Reber

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It just realizes that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”

  1. Willie Nelson

“You know why divorces are so expensive? Because they’re worth it.”

  1. Gerald F. Lieberman

“Divorce is a declaration of independence with only two signers.”

  1. Ann Landers

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

  1. Joe Hill

“Taking a thing apart is always faster than putting something together. This is true of everything except marriage.”

  1. Shannon L. Adler

“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.”

  1. Mignon McLaughlin

“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.”

While these quotes are definitely uplifting, it can sometimes take a little more support for a person to work through the mental effects of separation. A therapist who has experience working with people who have experienced a divorce can help you process your feelings of loss and sadness and help you let go. Many people hesitate to call a therapist, assuming they can handle recovery after a divorce independently. However, a therapist can be your guide through recovering from the end of the relationship.

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