1.The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
"Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."
Why this breaks your heart: When you’re in that first yearning stage — standing on the outer edges of love and peering into it — you think that surely you can withstand any heartbreak that may result from lending your heart to someone else. You beautiful fool.
2.Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
There is no use in loving things if you have to be torn from them. Is there? And it's so hard to keep from loving things, isn't it?
Why this breaks your heart: You know too well that all beginnings have their endings, even if they're way off somewhere far. It’stempting to try and protect your heart to keep it from ever breaking. But! A heart that's never used is also broken.
3.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it. You are in luck not to have a heart.
Why this breaks your heart: Because to live is to be hurt, although that shouldn't ever stop you from doing all that awful, wonderful,bittersweet living.
4.The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen
Never had she danced so beautifully; the sharp knives cut her feet, but she did not feel it, for the pain in her heart was far greater.
Why this breaks your heart: Sometimes you put yourself out there and, well. And nothing.
5.Sin City, Vol. 3, Frank Miller
The fire, baby. It'll burn us both. There's no place in this world for our kind of fire. My warrior woman. My valkyrie. You'll always be mine. Always. And never.
Why this breaks your heart: Sometimes you put yourself out there, placing your heart in someone else's hands, and the obstacles are two great for both of you to overcome intact. The love is there. But sometimes that‘s not enough.
6.My Mortal Enemy, Willa Cather
People can be lovers and enemies at the same time, you know.
Why this breaks your heart: You are all too aware that you can adore someone with your whole stupid heart, and yet hate them with your whole entire mind. Someone can be right AND wrong for you.
7.Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Gabrielle Zevin
My hear was a little bit broken, but I still had to go to school. I buttoned my dress shirt over it and my winter coat, too. I hoped it didn’t show too much.
Why this breaks your heart: You eventually move on, or at least go through the motions of moving on. You wonder whether everyone else can see that you are slowly falling apart, and even more slowly mending yourself back together.
8.This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz
It's just a matter of willpower. The day you decide it's over, it's over.
You never get over it.
Why this breaks your heart: You continue. You get up, you go to bed, you do all the little things in between until they don't seem like just little things in between. Heartbreak continues until it doesn't. (It never doesn't.)
9.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Oh, you'll be happy, again, never fear. But you won't forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.
Why this breaks your heart: The people you love, the people you've spend time with and energy on, leave an imprint on you. The silver lining? It's often up to us whether that means we're worse off or changed for the better.
10.The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near. "Ah," said the fox, "I shall cry."
"It is your own fault," said the little prince. I never wished you any sort of harm, but you wanted me to tame you...
"Yes, that is so," said the fox.
"But now you are going to cry!" said the little prince.
"Yes, that is so," said the fox.
Why this breaks your heart: That pain is awful, your heart feeling like a dead thing in your chest. But it doesn't mean love is never worth it.
11.Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
Her heart was heavy because it was open, and so things filled it, and so things rushed out of it, but still the heart kept beating, tough and frighteningly powerful and meaning to shrug off the rest of her and continue on its own.
Why this breaks your heart: It will always be risky, keeping your heart open and soft and pliable. It makes you vulnerable. But it will also make it stronger over time. Break it and re-build it, again and again. That’s what it's for.
12.Heartburn, Nora Ephron
And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies, which leaves you with a chioce: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.
Why this breaks your heart: Things end. They do. They die and they fade and they wither or they just went away when you weren't paying attention. The foolish thing to do is go after a new beginning. So go out and be a fool. It's so worth it.