30 of the Saddest Quotes on Love from Literature

If you thought your love life was hell, try reading these 30 heartrending, sad quotes from famous works of literature. Get those tissues ready!

History has shown us so many things through the books we read and the stories people tell. Some of them are true. A lot of them aren’t. But no matter where these words come from, they can still affect us all–especially when an author manages to connect with readers on a deeper level.

How does literature help with our feelings?

Most of the time, we read to entertain ourselves. But when we do choose an extraordinary book, story, or poem, we are pleasantly surprised to be taken in by the beauty of the stories, the personalities of the characters, and the lines that surpass time. Some of these lines are quite uplifting, while some can leave us in a state of despair. Some books don’t have happy endings, and that’s what makes the pain all the more real.

But we also experience pain in our daily lives. The most significant one is heartbreak. Our hearts break when we lose someone, when someone hurts us, and even when we bid loved ones farewell. Sometimes, however, we can’t put our feelings together. It could be that we can’t handle the pain, or we just don’t know what’s happening with our emotions.

That’s where art, music, and literature come in. Some of the best works can give us clarity or even a new perspective. If all else fails, it can show us that we’re pretty lucky compared to the characters in these books.

Remember that these are based on real people and genuine human reactions. They might not exist in real life, but their thoughts and feelings do.

30 saddest lines and passages from books

So, here are some heartbreaking lines that will help you sift through your feelings. Who knows? Maybe after reading some of these, you will find the answers you’re looking for.

Note: Some of these quotes may give away important plot points of the books they were taken from. Read at your own risk!

#1 “I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

#2 “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” – J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

#3 “If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn’t be filled?” – Jodi Picoult, 19 Minutes

#4 “The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

#5 “I was too young to know how to love her.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

#6 “Rudy, please, wake up. Goddamn it, wake up, I love you. Come on, Rudy, come on, Jesse Owens, don’t you know I love you? Wake up, wake up, wake up…” – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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