The 17 Most Gut-Wrenchingly Heartbreaking Sentences in Literature

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WARNING: Read this in case of feels

I don't know why you want to put yourself through this, but who am I to deny the lure of grief that we all feel, right? There’s something about sadness, heartbreak, and grief that we all just sorta understand. The need to feel is embedded deep within us, and thankfully the greatest wordsmiths this planet has seen have expressed these feelings so incredibly well, that they live on forever.

Get the tissues, let the sweet heartbreak begin:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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2. “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart.”

—E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web


3. “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


5. "You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope."

- Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games


6. “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

—Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl


7. Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope

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8. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”

—William Golding, Lord of the Flies

9. “But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


10. Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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11. “There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”

—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


12. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

13. “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

—Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


14. “Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.”

— Joseph Heller, Catch-22


15. “I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”

—John Green, Looking for Alaska


16. “The best thing, he knew, was to love just a little bit, so when they broke it’s back, or shoved it in a croaker sack, well, maybe you’d have a little love left over for the next one.”

—Toni Morrison, Beloved


17. “You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same.”

―Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café


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