Breakdown Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old breakdown quotes, breakdown sayings, and breakdown proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Every major difficulty you face in life is a fork in the road. You choose which track you will head down, toward breakdown or breakthrough.     

John Maxwell

Disordered love always leads to misery and breakdown. The only way to 'reorder' our loves is to love God supremely.     

Timothy Keller

Catastrophe is the essence of the spiritual path, a series of breakdowns allowing us to discover the threads that weave all of life into a whole cloth.     

Joan Halifax

If you want to give the devil a nervous breakdown, just get up every day and see how much good you can do.     

Joyce Meyer

Your best is whatever you can do comfortably without having a breakdown.     

J. R. Moehringer

Breakdowns are really just breakthroughs. It takes hitting the bottom to make it to the top.      


When there is breakdown in a relationship, you must have the hard conversation. It may not be pretty and it may not feel good. But if you are willing to listen and tell the truth, it will open up.     

Iyanla Vanzant

You're heading for a breakdown. Why don't you pull yourself to pieces.     

Groucho Marx

Nervous breakdowns can be highly underrated methods of spiritual transformation.     

Marianne Williamson

Whether we like it or not, a breakdown in home-life will eventually lead to a breakdown everywhere. This is, surely, the most menacing and dangerous aspect of the state of society at this present time. Once the family idea, the family unit, the family life is broken up – once that goes, soon you will have no other allegiance.     


Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.     

R. D. Laing

To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.     

Jeanette Winterson

A small communication breakdown is enough for everyone to be working on slightly different things. And then you loose focus.     

Sam Altman

To transform breakdowns into breakthroughs is the whole function of a master.     


One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.     

Bertrand Russell

It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.     

Nelson Mandela

Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation.     

Cherrie Moraga

Psychological breakdowns are actually breakthroughs to enlightenment.     

R. D. Laing

The simplest type of breakdown exhibits itself as an oscillation in a goal-seeking process which appears only when that process is actively invoked.     

Norbert Wiener

And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.     

Hu Shih

War is not the continuation of policy. It is the breakdown of policy.     

Hans von Seeckt

There is no breakthrough without a breakdown.     

Tony Robbins

A nervous breakdown waits around the corner for anyone who lets himself wallow in bitterness. Little by little, it takes over your whole being.     

Mariama Bâ

The Breakdown in all human relations is unstated expectations.      

Eric Holtzclaw

The financial costs of family breakdown are incredibly high.     

Iain Duncan Smith

Sometimes you just need to breakdown to have all the pieces you need to build yourself up again.      


What appears to be a breakdown can often be a breakthrough, if you understand God's grace.     

Carl Lentz

Instead of me having a breakdown, I'm focusing on me having a breakthrough.     

Terrell Owens