20 Quotes from books about falling in love again after heartbreak

It can be hard to open up your heart again after having it broken, but to miss out on love is to miss out on one of life’s greatest adventures.

On the run up to Valentine’s Day, here are 20 quotes from books about falling in love again after being heartbroken.

1. “It’s still two human beings trying to get along, so it’s going to be complicated. And love is always complicated. But humans must try to love each other, darling. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

2. “So maybe the point is that keeping your guard up is useless because any of us could get hurt at any time so you might as well… let other people in. While you can.”
Gabby Noone, Layoverland

3. “Don’t you see what’s happened? You wanted to be in love again. To feel that feeling where a man you hardly know gazes into your eyes and seems to be the only human being who ever understood the real you.”
Nancy Horan, Loving Frank

4. “Sometimes the things we do second time around are better and hold more value because we take the time to reflect and review, and revive them through a higher love. Don’t be afraid to try again and do-over with greater wisdom, a fresh set of eyes, and a renewed hope.”
Christine Evangelou, Stardust and Star Jumps: A Motivational Guide to Help You Reach Toward Your Dreams, Goals, and Life Purpose

5. “After her divorce, she hadn’t thought this day would ever come again, but here it was, a second proposal… Yes, life was indeed funny. It had no syllabus, which was why Molly, always a diligent student, felt so unprepared for it. Life played tricks on you too, surprised you, with the biggest surprise that life, even at the nearly half-century mark, could still hold surprises. Like so: There is a man in my kitchen, a man I’m in love with, and he wants to spend the rest of his life with me.”
Ray Smith, The Magnolia That Bloomed Unseen

6. “Sometimes you break your heart in the right way, if you know what I mean.”
Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

7. “Most people know the sheer wonder that goes with falling in love, how not only does everything in heaven and earth become new, but the lover himself becomes new. It is literally like the sap rising in the tree, putting forth new green shoots of life.”
Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God: A New Edition of a Spiritual Classic

8. “Someday you’ll find someone special again. People who’ve been in love once usually do. It’s in their nature.”
Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

9. “I don’t know about forever. It’s not something that concerns me. And maybe Scott and I will get married and have fifty babies and be old and wrinkled together. Or maybe we’ll crash and burn and break up, and if it happens it’ll be devastating, but what we have now makes me happy. And I can live in that happy, and feel safe there, knowing that even if things change, I’ll always have had this. You know?”
Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars

10. “We all want to open up to someone, Rowen. The hard part is finding someone we trust enough to open up to. That person we’re not afraid to let into the darkest parts of our world.”
Nicole Williams, Lost & Found

11. “Loving someone else might diminish my memories of you. Yet, this is the paradox: Even though I miss you greatly, it’s because of you that I don’t dread the future. Because you were able to fall in love with me, you have given me hope, my darling. You taught me that it’s possible to move forward in life, no matter how terrible your grief. And in your own way, you’ve made me believe that true love cannot be denied.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

12. “It’s true that nothing has the potential to hurt so much as loving someone, but nothing heals like it either.”
Emily Henry, The Love That Splits the World

13. “She was floating away in a sea of happiness, wrapped up in the beauty of second love.”
Lindsay Detwiler, Then Comes Love

14. “And yet! We believe in love because we want to believe in it. Because really what else is there, amid all our glorious follies and urges and weaknesses and stumbles? The magic, the hope, the gorgeous idea of it. Because when the lights go out and we sit waiting in the dark, what do our fingers seek? Who do we reach for?”
Tara Conklin, The Last Romantics

15. “Our eyes locked. And in that moment everything shifted. I saw what I had really done. I saw that I could be somebody’s center, his reason for staying. I saw that I could be enough.”
Jojo Moyes, After You

16. “You’ve made me believe in love again. I’d all but given up any hope for it existing before you came along. Thank you for reawakening my heart.”
J. Sterling, Breaking Stars

17. “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

18. “I realized one important fact: falling in love with her was not a choice. It just happened because it couldn’t go any other way.”
Nico J. Genes, Magnetic Reverie

19. “The secret about falling in love is how you can do it a million times over with the same person, when the person is the right one.”
Amy Spalding, We Used To Be Friends

20. “I don’t think love is once in a lifetime. I think love is always a possibility.”
― Lindsay Detwiler, Then Comes Love

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