There are few things more devastating than being cheated on. I've said it before and I'll say it again ― it is the ultimate act of betrayal. To learn that the person you love has made a choice to break your heart for their own gain will almost kill you inside. And no matter how many people you talk to, if they've never experienced that feeling, they'll never understand. Luckily, keeping an arsenal of quotes if you've been cheated on can pull you out of your darkest days.
Some people like to try and justify cheating, but I absolutely can not. And I've found that most of the people who make excuses for it have never had it happen to them. It is the lowest blow you can be dealt in a relationship and you are never the same afterwards. It affects everything ― your self-confidence, your future relationships, and your trust in the world around you. You blame yourself, you blame your partner, and then you blame the person with whom they cheated. You look for any one thing to pin the infidelity on, but then you realize that it was nothing you did ― your partner was simply selfish and made a choice knowing it would devastate you.
If you've been cheated on, you may still be reeling from all of it. And unless you have someone who's been there to talk to, you may also be feeling utterly alone. That's why you need these 17 quotes to get you through. Words can be your greatest ally and your greatest protection, so take solace in the writings of others who have been there, too.
"You didn't just cheat on me, you cheated on us. You didn't just break my heart, you broke our future." ― Steve Maraboli
"Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, 'You're disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you.' But women, we're supposed to be like, 'He messed up. He made a mistake.'" ― Adrienne Bailon
"I was steeped in denial, but my body knew." ― Suzanne Finnamore
"People always say that once it goes away, you forget the pain. It's a cliche of childbirth: you forget the pain. I don't happen to agree. I remember the pain. What you really forget is love." ― Nora Ephron
"Cheating and lying aren’t struggles, they’re reasons to break up." ― Patti Callahan Henry
"Nobody has ever killed themselves over a broken arm. But every day, thousands of people kill themselves because of a broken heart. Why? Because emotional pain hurts much worse than physical pain." ― Oliver Markus
"People generally didn't cheat in good relationships." ― Emily Giffin
"And I'm here to remind you of the mess you left when you went away, it's not fair to deny me of the cross I bear that you gave to me. You, you, you oughta know." ― Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"
"I gave my heart to a man who loved me, who wanted to be with me. Who ultimately was afraid of all I offered." ― Rachel Thompson
"Honestly, if I was looking at myself and I cheated, then I'd just think, 'Wow, how disappointing, I actually thought you were better than that.' It's about me and about the kind of man I want to be." ― Seal
"F*ck you for cheating on me. F*ck you for reducing it to the word cheating. As if this were a card game, and you sneaked a look at my hand. You are so much worse than a cheater. You killed something. And you killed it when its back was turned." ― David Levithan
"Someone's definition of what constitutes cheating is in direct proportion to how much they themselves want to cheat." ― Sex and the City
"Accept that the man you love was unfaithful to you. Accept that a woman you once held in regard treated you with disrespect. Accept that their actions hurt you deeply. Accept that this experience taught you something you didn’t want to know. Accept that sorrow and strife are part of even a joyful life. Accept that it’s going to take a long time for you to get that monster out of your chest. Accept that someday what pains you now will surely pain you less." ― Dear Sugar
"It might sound ordinary for a woman to find out her husband's cheating on her, but not if you're the woman and it's your husband." ― Melissa Bank
"You didn't love her. You just didn't want to be alone. Or maybe, maybe she was just good for your ego. Or, or maybe she made you feel better about your miserable life, but you didn't love her. Because you don't destroy people you love." ― Grey's Anatomy
"I can't deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you. It's a conscious thing; it's a common sense thing." ― Taylor Swift
"The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation." ― Cheryl Hughes