19 Relatable Divorce Quotes

If you’re stuck inside because of COVID-19, you may be looking for activities to keep yourself occupied. On the other hand, you may be using this time to relax and reevaluate different aspects of your life.

If you’re going through a divorce during the pandemic, you likely need a boost. You may be sleeping a lot. You may not be sleeping at all. Regardless, going through a divorce can be draining, but it doesn’t have to be.

Give yourself time to heal. You may be thinking, “no one knows what this feels like,” or “no one understands me.” If you’re looking for a good book or movie, you may find that a fictional or nonfictional character understands you. Take a look at some of the quotes below. They may inspire you to read a new book or watch a new movie. You may be surprised to find out that people, fictional or not, actually do understand you.

Divorce Books/Poems

1. “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.”
– Jennifer Weiner, Fly Away Home

2. “Taking a thing apart is always faster than putting something together. This is true of everything except marriage.”
― Joe Hill, 20th Century Ghosts

3. “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.”
― Heidi Priebe, This Is Me Letting You Go

4. “Take me now, God!” I shout to the inky sky. “I´m ready.”
“You´re not ready. You´re not even divorced yet,” Bunny says. “You cannot die married to that man.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

5. “Just because I didn’t have a spouse to help and enjoy those activities with didn’t mean they couldn’t happen. Just because my plan A didn’t work out didn’t mean plan B couldn’t be really kickass. In fact, who was to tell me that my life as a single mother couldn’t be completely wonderful?”
― Emma Johnson, The Kickass Single Mom

6. “Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you.”
― Rupi Kaur, milk and honey

7. “Nice people don’t necessarily fall in love with nice people.”
― Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

8. “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.’ I believe that. All divorce does is divert you.”
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

9. “I do not believe that there were more happy marriages before divorce became socially acceptable, that people tried harder, got through their rough times, and were better off. I believe that more people suffered.”
― Ann Patchett, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

10. “We loved, and we loved, as long as we could,/ Till our love was loved out in us both…”
― John Dryden, Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow

11. “Well, now,/ if little by little you stop loving me/ I shall stop loving you little by little.”
― Pablo Neurda, If You Forget Me

Divorce Movies

12. “He didn’t see me as separate from himself.”
― Nicole, Marriage Story

13. “Is that what you think? No. That’s not it, Billy. Your mom loves you very much… and the reason she left has nothing to do with you. I don’t know if this will make sense, but I’ll try to explain it to you. I think the reason why Mommy left… was because for a long time… I kept trying to make her be a certain kind of person. A certain kind of wife that I thought she was supposed to be. And she just wasn’t like that. She was… She just wasn’t like that. I think that she tried for so long to make me happy… and when she couldn’t, she tried to talk to me about it. But I wasn’t listening.”
― Ted Kramer, Kramer vs. Kramer

14. “There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hold on to someone who won’t stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won’t stay?”
― Gavin D’Amato, The War of the Roses

15. “…you spend that much time with someone, only to find out she’s a stranger.”
―Joel Barish, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

16. “You know, some parents, when they’re angry, they get along much better when they don’t live together. They don’t fight all the time, and they can become better people, and much better mummies and daddies for you. And sometimes they get back together. And sometimes they don’t, dear. And if they don’t, don’t blame yourself. Just because they don’t love each other anymore, doesn’t mean that they don’t love you. There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mommy, some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country – and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months… even years at a time. But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.”
― Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, Mrs. Doubtfire

17. “True love is your soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another.”
― John Beckwith, Wedding Crashers

18. “Eli Cash: I’m not in love with you any more.
Margot Tenenbaum: I didn’t know you ever were.
Eli Cash: Let’s not make this any more difficult than it already is.
Margot Tenenbaum: OK.
Eli Cash: OK, what?
Margot Tenenbaum: OK, I’m not in love with you either.”
― Eli Cash and Margot Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums

19. “Commitment is part of you. Part of what makes you attractive, part of what attracted me to you.”
―Hubbell, The Way We Were

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