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10 Of The Most Heartbreaking Book Quotes Ever

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Have you ever cried while reading a book? I have, many times. There’s just something about a gut-wrenching book that stays with you forever. It’s a lovely reminder of the power a book can have over us.


Woman looking out of her window, looking forlorn

Here are then of the most heartbreaking quotes in literature:

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

  2. “The end of things, the real end, is never a neat turn of the screw, never a door that is suddenly shut, but more like an atmospheric change, clouds that slowly gather — more a whimper than a bang.” — Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive

  3. “There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone.” — Mark Lawrence, King of Thorns

  4. “When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers.” — John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  5. “There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.” — Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

  6. “I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”= R.J. Palacio, Wonder

  7. “Tonight I can write the saddest lines. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me, too.” — Pablo Nerudo, Tonight I can write

  8. “I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

  9. “Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?”― James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

  10. “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” – Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if a book makes you happy or sad. What’s most important is that a book, a story, or even a blog post, makes you feel.


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