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36 Best It Ends With Us Quotes by Colleen Hoover

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Get the best, most emotional It Ends With Us quotes by the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.

It Ends With Us is an incredibly popular and emotional novel that gives the reader a window into the generational cycle of domestic spousal abuse and how hard it can be to break it.

When flower shop owner Lily meets the handsome neurosurgeon Ryle, she's dealing with the death of the father who abused her mother, and she's initially taken by Ryle's dual nature -- both confident and assertive, as well as sensitive and smart.

But as their relationship grows, Lily starts questioning it and thinking about her first love, a protective homeless boy named Atlas. When Atlas reappears in Lily's life it sets off a chain of events that take the reader deep within the journey of spousal abuse and how hard it can be to decide whether to stay or whether to go.

These It Ends With Us quotes examine the emotional complexities of the story, love, and human nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the first line in It Ends With Us?

"As I sit here with one foot on either side of the ledge, looking down from twelve stories above the streets of Boston, I can't help but think about suicide."

What is the last line of It Ends With Us?

“You can stop swimming now, Lily. We finally reached the shore.”

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It Ends With Us Quotes

Below are all the best It Ends With Us quotes that will tug at your heart:

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

“No one is exclusively bad, nor is anyone exclusively good. Some are just forced to work harder at suppressing the bad.”

“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It is how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

"Sometimes you can’t control where your mind goes. You just have to train it not to go there anymore."

“It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.”

“Naked truths aren’t always pretty.” 

“Sometimes, even grown women need their mother’s comfort so we can just take a break from having to be strong all the time.”

“You’re only human. And as humans, we can’t expect to shoulder all of our pain.”

"This is just human nature, healing an old wound to prepare for a fresh new layer."

"I love it when the sky makes me feel insignificant."

"I can’t for the life of me figure out how people function from day to day when they like someone this much."

“And when you love someone, seeing them sad also makes you sad.”

“[S]ometimes the things that matter to you most are also the things that hurt you the most. And in order to get over that hurt, you have to sever all the extensions that keep you tethered to that pain.”

“Every incident chips away at your limit. Every time you choose to stay, it makes the next time that much harder to leave."

“Not a lot of people have the courage to say what they’re actually thinking.”

“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”

"Everyone deserves another chance. Especially the people who mean the most to you."

“I think about how sometimes, no matter how convinced you are that your life will turn out a certain way, all that certainty can be washed away with a simple change in tide.”

“Sometimes an unexpected wave comes along, sucks you up and refuses to spit you back out. Ryle is my unexpected tidal wave, and right now I’m skimming the beautiful surface.”

“Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives.”

"Marriage is about compromise. It’s about doing what’s best for the couple as a whole, not individually."

“Preventing your heart from forgiving someone you love is actually [...] a lot harder than simply forgiving them.”

"I can’t help you unless I know you need it. Ask me for help. We’ll get through this, I know we can.”

“I think that’s one of the biggest signs a person has matured—knowing how to appreciate things that matter to others, even if they don’t matter very much to you.”

“It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern.”

“Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.”

“Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break.”

“And as hard as this choice is, we break the pattern before the pattern breaks us.”“Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are as full as they can be. We shouldn’t waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never.”

"Somehow the only thing that eases the hurt just caused by this man is this man."

“You are my wife. I’m supposed to be the one who protects you from the monsters. I’m not supposed to be one.”

"Time can definitely heal all wounds. Or at least most of them."

“I hope you defy the odds of most dreams and actually accomplish yours.”

“In the future, if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again . . . fall in love with me.”

“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”

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