When you first met, it was just like a rom-com. There were roses, spontaneous weekend getaways and hours-long Bravo binges. But at some point, the relationship turned sour—toxic, even—and you’ve smartly made the choice to break up. But just because it was the right thing to do (because it totally was) doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and roses from here on out. If you’re feeling down after the end of a toxic relationship, try to internalize these seven inspiring quotes.

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cheryl strayed

"Real love moves freely in both directions. Don't waste your time on anything else." -Cheryl Strayed


“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” –Oprah

lucille ball

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.” -Lucille Ball

nicholas sparks

“I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?” –Nicholas Sparks

margaret mitchell

“What’s broken is broken—and I’d rather remember it as it was than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.” –Margaret Mitchell

steve martin

“Relationships end, but they don’t end your life.” –Steve Martin

anne hathaway

“Everybody has bad relationships, and, at the end of the day, they are just a great way to set yourself up for a good relationship.” –Anne Hathaway

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