200+ Most Memorable Unrequited Love Quotes And Sayings

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Hoping to connect with someone who is already taken or not into you can be a lot more hurtful than a broken heart. You may look for unrequited love quotes to express your emotions if you have any one-sided feelings for someone. One-sided love is often not expressed or understood well since the other person may not feel the same for you. This may give you a feel that the chord of your heart never attaches to another heart, and your emotions never get a response.

The unexplainable pain of one-sided emotions is real. And this can come with helplessness, struggle, and despair. But, you may learn the good side of it and let go to move on. Read on for some heart-touching unrequited love quotes to share the pain.

Unrequited Love Quotes

  1. But that afternoon he asked himself, with his infinite capacity for illusion, if such pitiless indifference might not be a subterfuge for hiding the torments of love.” — Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
  1. Let no one who loves be called unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.” — James Matthew Barrie
  1. To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” — Federico García Lorca
  1. Can’t you just like a girl who likes you back?” “None of them likes me back. I may as well like the one I really want.” — Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
  1. Deep yearning isn’t deep love; it is all the unmet expectations rising to the surface of your soul.” — J. Autherine, Wild Heart , Peaceful Soul: Poems and Inspiration to Live and Love Harmoniously
  1. But, here was a curious thing. The more I tried to give up thinking of her, the more I said to myself, ‘She’s nothing to you’, the harder I tried to pluck the idea of her out of my heart, the more she stayed there.” — Sarah Waters, Fingersmith
  1. You can’t own a human being. You can’t lose what you don’t own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don’t, do you? And neither does he. You’re turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can’t value you more than you value yourself.” — Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
  1. I knew I was in love with you. Was I an idiot for thinking you were in love with me too?” — Jesu Nadal
  1. Because, if you could love someone, and keep loving them, without being loved back . . . then that love had to be real. It hurt too much to be anything else.” — Sarah Cross, Kill Me Softly
  1. “...unrequited love does not die; it’s only beaten down to a secret place where it hides, curled and wounded. For some unfortunates, it turns bitter and mean, and those who come after pay the price for the hurt done by the one who came before.” — Elle Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief
  1. The hardest thing about being broken, isn’t the love you don’t receive, it’s the love you long to give that nobody wants.” — Dinesh Kumar Biran
  1. Being in love with someone who doesn’t even know you exist isn’t the worst thing in the world. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Almost like passing in a term paper that you know sucked, but having that period of time where you haven’t gotten your grade back yet — that kind of exhale where you haven’t been rejected, although you pretty much know how it’s going to turn out.” — Tonya Hurley, Ghostgirl
  1. The thought of her gave me such a continual anguish that I could no more forget her than an aching tooth. It was involuntary, hopeless, compulsive. For years she had been the first thing I remembered when I woke up, the last thing that drifted through my mind as I went to sleep, and during the day she came to me obtrusively, obsessively, always with a painful shock.” — Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
  1. There is nothing so mortifying as to fall in love with someone who does not share one’s sentiments.” — Georgette Heyer, Venetia
  1. Sometimes you grow to love the shadow that follows.” — Donna Lynn Hope

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  1. Problems can be fixed. But unrequited love is a tragedy.” — Suzanne Harper
  1. You have never loved me as I love you — never — never! Yours is not a passionate heart — your heart does not burn in a flame! You are, upon the whole, a sort of fay, or sprite — not a woman!” — Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  1. To want and not to have, sent all up her body a hardness, a hollowness, a strain. And then to want and not to have — to want and want — how that wrung the heart, and wrung it again and again!” ― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
  1. The worst feeling is falling for someone and knowing that they won’t be there to catch you.” — Rashida Rowe
  1. I brought you here to tell you this: sometimes what we are searching for does not exist. We may sacrifice for it, even bleed for it, but it was never meant to be ours.” — Esther Dalseno, Drown
  1. She still loves him. This is the fact she wakes up to each morning. She checks it, sometimes, a tongue probing an aching tooth, making sure it still hurts.” — Hala Alyan, Salt Houses
  1. Unfortunately, loving someone doesn’t obligate them to love you back.” — J. Matthew Nespoli
  1. It is that we are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so helplessly unhappy as when we have lost our loved object or its love.” — Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
  1. But why, she thought wryly, did a man seem more attractive as he became less available? How humbling to think one had so much in common with a cow stretching its neck through a gate for better grass.” — Mary Jo Putney, The Bargain
  1. When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever.” — Sylvia Plath
  1. The biggest curse in life is not losing your love, but not being loved by someone you love.” — Kiran Joshi
  1. If you don’t love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.” — Stendhal
  1. A person doesn’t know true hurt and suffering until they’ve felt the pain of falling in love with someone whose affections lie elsewhere.” — Rose Gordon, Her Imperfect Groom
  1. “…nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be.” — Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram
  1. You just know something is amiss, when you look at someone and long for something that is not yours or you cannot have. It’s an absence–a loss of a heartbeat.” — Nadège Richards, Burning Bridges

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  1. The person she liked best didn’t like her enough to want more of her, and she didn’t want to pretend that wasn’t awful.” — Leigh Bardugo, Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
  1. The wait is long, my dream of you does not end.” — Nuala O’Faolain, My Dream of You
  1. It is a terrible, wretched thing to love someone whom you know cannot love you. There are things that are more dreadful. There are many human pains more grievous. And yet it remains both terrible and wretched. Like so many things, it is insoluble.” — Naomi Alderman, Disobedience
  1. I knew you didn’t love me, but I dangerously adored you anyways.” — R. YS Perez, I Hope You Fall in Love: Poetry Collection
  1. Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.” — Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase
  1. I realised that one might love him secretly with no hope of encouragement, which can be very enjoyable for the young or inexperienced.” — Barbara Pym, Excellent Women
  1. The heart is stubborn. It holds onto love despite what sense and emotion tells it. And it is often, in the battle of those three, the most brilliant of all.” — Alessandra Torre
  1. A big issue that some empaths face is unrequited love and all the grief that accompanies this experience. If someone truly is your soulmate or twin flame, the relationship will happen sooner or later. … Don’t put your life on hold for another person, no matter how badly you want to be with them. If it’s meant to be, it will be.” — Mateo Sol, Awakened Empath: The Ultimate Guide to Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual Healing
  1. I didn’t want to fall in love with you. I knew the risk and understood the consequences. All the warning signs had been in bright blinking neon lights. Telling me to run before I even got near. But our hearts are animals driven by instinct: it only wants and wants and wants. Mine simply wanted you.” — Theresa Mariz
  1. Everytime you enter the melancholic tunnel of unrequited love, you will get out of that tunnel with a less cheerful heart but with a more mature mind! ― Mehmet Murat ildan
  1. Never fall in love with someone that won’t fight for you because when the real battles begin they won’t pull your heart to safety, but they will their own.” — Shannon L. Alder
  1. He was both everything I could ever want…And nothing I could ever have…” — Ranata Suzuki
  1. ‘Do people always fall in love with things they can’t have?’ ‘Always,’ Carol said, smiling, too.” — Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt
  1. You can give birth to a beautiful, perfect human being, but requited love isn’t guaranteed for her—or for any of us.” — Elin Hilderbrand, Winter Street
  1. You know, unrequited love is very difficult? It’s not just having this one-sided love of someone who’s far away. Being close, talking daily, liking a guy who’s constantly near me is harder than it would be under different circumstances.” — Park So Hee

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  1. I know I am but summer to your heart, And not the full four seasons of the year.” — Edna St. Vincent Millay
  1. ‘You see,’ she concluded miserably, ‘when I can call like that to him across space–I belong to him. He doesn’t love me–he never will–but I belong to him.’” — L.M. Montgomery, Emily’s Quest
  1. I’ve decided to take this unrequited love, and quietly put it away in a corner of my heart as a bittersweet page of my youth.” — Shuu Maiko (Nisekoi)
  1. And my desire,’ he said, ‘is a desire that is as long as a year; but it is love given to an echo, the spending of grief on a wave, a lonely fight with a shadow, that is what my love and my desire have been to me.” — Augusta Gregory, Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Fianna of Ireland
  1. I have to admit, an unrequited love is so much better than a real one. I mean, it’s perfect… As long as something is never even started, you never have to worry about it ending. It has endless potential.” — Sarah Dessen
  1. I know that’s what people say– you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. 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.” — Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  1. When you love something, you have to make sure it loves you back, or you’ll bring about no end of trouble chasing it.” — Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear
  1. At first it was simply liking, Nastenka, but now, now! I am just in the same position, as you were when you went to him with your bundle. In a worse position than you, Nastenka, because he cared for no one else as you do.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights
  1. Yet my longing for her was like a bad cold that had hung on for years despite my conviction that I was sure to get over it at any moment.” — Donna Tartt, The Secret History
  1. A mighty pain to love it is, And ‘t is a pain that pain to miss; But of all pains, the greatest pain. It is to love, but love in vain.” — Abraham Cowley, The Poems of Abraham Cowley
  1. My heart no longer felt as if it belonged to me. It now felt as it had been stolen, torn from my chest by someone who wanted no part of it.” — Meredith Taylor, Churning Waters
  1. There was a man who loved the moon, but whenever he tried to embrace her, she broke into a thousand pieces and left him drenched, with empty arms.” — Laini Taylor
  1. Maybe I was destined to forever fall in love with people I couldn’t have. Maybe there’s a whole assortment of impossible people waiting for me to find them. Waiting to make me feel the same impossibility over and over again.” — Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home
  1. “’And how do you really feel?’ ‘Like I’ll never recover. Like I’ll never draw another breath without half of it being a wish for him.’” — Jane Seville, Zero at the Bone
  1. It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. Dr. Juvenal Urbino noticed it as soon as he entered the still darkened house where he had hurried on an urgent call to attend a case that for him had lost all urgency many years before.” — Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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  1. I never expected you to love me, I didn’t see any reason that you should. I never thought myself very lovable. I was thankful to be allowed to love you and I was enraptured when now and then I thought you were pleased with me or when I noticed in your eyes a gleam of good-humored affection. I tried not to bore you with my love; I knew I couldn’t afford to do that and I was always on the lookout for the first sign that you were impatient with my affection.” — W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
  1. I became another man. I tried to reread the classics that had guided me in adolescence, and I could not bear them. I buried myself in the romantic writings I had repudiated when my mother tried to impose them on me with a heavy hand, and in them I became aware that the invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy love.” — Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores
  1. What an unrequited love it is, this thirst! But is it love, when it is unrequited?” — Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
  1. I get what it’s like to want something, but to try and force yourself to really believe that you don’t.” — Cora Carmack
  1. He doesn’t even like me. I let the thought roll around in my head. Anything I feel during that time gets shoved into the vault with the ten-foot-think door slamming as soon as it goes in, just in case something in there has any intention of crawling out.” — Susan Ee, Angelfall
  1. She’d been in love with the man, and love is a scary thing. If not reciprocated, it can turn a person into a monster.” — Michele Young-Stone, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors
  1. Sometimes no matter how many eyelashes or dandelion seeds you blow, no matter how much of your heart you tear out and slap on your sleeve, it just ain’t gonna happen.” — Melissa Jensen, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
  1. “Love unrequited is violent. He loves you so much that he’s turned it into hate.” — Lauren DeStefano
  1. Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone, if the on that you love doesn’t love you.” — Tennessee Williams
  1. It’s wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can’t have the one you want.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Woman
  1. It’s as if I’ve stepped off the edge of a cliff, and even though my heart’s in my mouth and my stomach is in knots, I’m the most excited I’ve ever been in my life. I’m totally enthralled by him. I want him, every part of him, and I desperately want him to feel the same way about me.” — Serena Grey
  1. Love may have the longest arms, but it can still fall short of an embrace.” — Megan McCafferty, Charmed Thirds
  1. I came hoping to see those eyes, but instead I return with my heart, leaving behind only flowers.” — Kim Dong Hwa, The Color Of Earth
  1. You lose yourself trying to hold on to someone who doesn’t care about losing you.” — Tablo, Epik High
  1. I’ve enough pride never to let myself love a man who does not love me.” — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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  1. Unrequited love differs from mutual love, just like delusion differs from the truth.” — George Sand
  1. My head is full of seeing you see me.” — Julie Berry, All the Truth That’s in Me
  1. You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.” — John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  1. How timid and frail is unrequited love? A place you entered of your own accord, but you’re trapped inside, unable to find an exit. He doesn’t know a thing, and could one day leave my line of sight, and the love ends passively. A love that does not bloom flowers, and thus cannot dream of bearing fruit. A love like a seed that is forgotten, that is unrequited love.” — Dok Mi, Flower Boy Next Door
  1. I want him to see the flowers in my eyes and hear the songs in my hands.” — Francesca Lia Block, Dangerous Angels
  1. I wanted her to know just how much I loved her while also letting her know that she bore not one particle of blame for not loving me back. But I wouldn’t say that. It was rose petals I wanted to throw, not a poison dart.” — Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
  1. I never hated you. My anger was never with you, but with the little hell my heart had put me in. The anger always passed. I never regretted loving you. If I had gone to my grave never kissing you or touching you, I still would not have thought it a wasted love.” — Madeline Hunter, The Romantic
  1. When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.” — Miranda Kenneally, Catching Jordan
  1. She had the look in her eye when you kick and kick at the door and it doesn’t open, when you write a boy letters and letters and he never loves you, not ’til the day he dies. Not even then.” — Daniel Handler, The Basic Eight
  1. You’re hung up on something that’s never going to love you back.” — Garth Risk Hallberg, City on Fire
  1. She looks at me and blames me for all of the ways that you don’t love her.” — Olivia Barnes, Bramble
  1. Snape’s patronus was a doe,’ said Harry, ‘the same as my mother’s because he loved her for nearly all of his life, from when they were children.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  1. The knowledge that she would never be loved in return acted upon her ideas as a tide acts upon cliffs.” — Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  1. Never make someone a priority, when all you are to them is an option.” — Maya Angelou
  1. Which is when I decided I would never love anyone again because you just felt like an idiot when you put love out there and it didn’t come back your way.” — Karen Tayleur, Love Notes From Vinegar House

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  1. It was hard to pour endless love into someone who wouldn’t love you back. No one could do it forever.” — Zoje Stage, Baby Teeth
  1. Trying to get someone interested in us (who is not) is a painful and pointless endeavour. There are many people in the world. Some are for us. Most are not.” — Donna Goddard, Faith
  1. She said she didn’t love him, and he said it didn’t matter, and the poverty of their words brought tears to their eyes.” — Françoise Sagan, Dans un mois, dans un an
  1. It is our desire, not need, to be loved (back).” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  1. The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd – The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.” — Fernando Pessoa
  1. How do you make yourself not like someone?” — Louise Rennison, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  1. I thought of all the others who had tried to tie her to the ground and failed. So I resisted showing her the songs and poems I had written, knowing that too much truth can ruin a thing. And if that meant she wasn’t entirely mine, what of it? I would be the one she could always return to without fear of recrimination or question. So I did not try to win her and contented myself with playing a beautiful game. But there was always a part of me that hoped for more, and so there was a part of me that was always a fool.” — Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear
  1. Unrequited love was, at that period of my life, the only kind I seemed to be capable of feeling. This caused me much pain, but in retrospect I see it had advantages. It provided all the emotional jolts of the other kind without any of the risks, it did not interfere with my life, which, although meagre, was mine and predictable, and it involved no decisions.” — Margaret Atwood
  1. All these years I’ve had a story in my mind, the story about us that never really existed. And because of that story, I’ve kept you framed up on the wall in a little box of nostalgic moonlight.” — Cathleen Schine, The Love Letter
  1. Why do you look so sad?” “Because you speak to me in words and I look at you with feelings.” — Pierrot le fou
  1. Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. Perhaps this is why we always love madly someone who treats us with indifference.” — Cesare Pavese
  1. I chipped away at your cold exterior dodging shards of ice until you were no longer hard. But even though I cracked the surface, your heart would not melt. — Christy Ann Martine
  1. It’s hard to love someone who doesn’t love you back” — Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star
  1. And yet, because I love thee, I obtain
    From that same love this vindicating grace,
    To live on, still in love, and yet in vain” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
  1. My heart had been touched by him, battered by him, cradled by him as the days passed. He was cruel without meaning to be yet he was kind, and I needed him too much to let myself want him” — Mackenzie Herbert, Chasing Trains
  1. She saw him first. Twenty years first. Yes, yes: very junior high. But this whole thing feels very junior high. Maybe that’s always how it feels when you are both grown, smart, articulate, mature women. Maybe you always feel like the other person cannot possibly love him, loves instead some fictionalized version of him.” — Claire Handscombe, Unscripted
  1. Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” — Charles M. Schultz
  1. Unrequited love is a ridiculous state, and it makes those in it behave ridiculously.” — Cassandra Clare
  1. And, long after Clark had gone home, Solomon stayed up wondering if everyone falls in love with someone who can’t love them back.” — John Corey Whaley, Highly Illogical Behavior
  1. Unrequited love is so boring. Weeping under a blue-black sky is for suckers or maniacs.” — Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
  1. Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy — if not less of it — doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.” — Terry McMillan, Disappearing Acts
  1. I gave up hoping…But still, I would think of him, I would cherish his image in my mind, and treasure every word, look, and gesture that my memory could retain.” — Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey
  1. You can’t get hurt when you love someone from the other side of an estuary. All the years she rejected him, she survived because he was somewhere in the marsh, waiting. But now perhaps he would no longer be there.” ― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
  1. His hands are saying that he wants to hold her. His feet are saying that he wants to chase after her… He’s probably forgotten that I’m here, beside him.” — Ai Yazawa, Tenshi Nanka Janai Kanzenban 1
  1. And still after all this time, the Sun has never said to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with love like that, it lights up the sky.” — Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
  1. Somehow I’ve always wanted the ones that didn’t want me. I’m the absolute queen bee of unrequited love.” — Iris Murdoch, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
  1. As long as you’re neurotic and crazy, he’s great. But once he solves all your problems, he becomes the problem.” — Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City
  1. And then it happens, the most dreaded response in the world, more terse than any word, more withholding than a “no,” and strictly verboten for someone as in love with language and me as you claim to be. You: K.” ― Caroline Kepnes, You
  1. With women who do not love us, as with the “dear departed,” the knowledge that there is no hope left does not prevent us from continuing to wait.” ― Marcel Proust, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
  1. I wish I knew how to quit you.” ― Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain
  1. The love of you has led me to my salvation, and to what I thought was my peace, once I thought ye dead. …And here you are. …I shall have no peace while ye live, woman. …Mind, I dinna say I regret it.” ― Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone
  1. She’s not into you, Tom. She doesn’t love you. You can’t force someone to love you by doing them favors.” ― A.O. Monk, I Am Not Thirteen
  1. The way he looked at you. I got it then. He loved you, and it was killing him. He won’t get over you, Clary, he can’t.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass
  1. The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
  1. you call me to tell me you miss me
    i turn to face the front door of the house
    waiting for a knock
    days later you call to say you need me
    but still aren’t here
    the dandelions on the lawn
    are rolling their eyes in disappointment
    the grass has declared you yesterday’s news
    what do i care
    if you love me
    or miss me
    or need me
    when you aren’t doing anything about it
    if i’m not the love of your life
    i’ll be the greatest loss instead” ― Rupi Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers
  1. Theo wanted to call him back. But then he thought, oh let him go, there’s no mending a fruitless love, it just has to be endured.” ― Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good
  1. The right people will appreciate you, but the wrong ones never will.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman
  1. Unrequited love is not an affront to man but raises him.” ― Alexander Pushkin
  1. I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
  1. Your love was a monster.
    Every time I would come up for some air
    It would drown me further
    deeper, furiously.” ― Sakshi Narula, Loveish
  1. If I love you, is that any of your business?” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  1. I’m chasing you. I’m going to chase you until you give this a chance.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
  1. I think perhaps I will always hold a candle for you – even until it burns my hand. And when the light has long since gone …. I will be there in the darkness holding what remains, quite simply because I cannot let go.” ― Ranata Suzuki
  1. “I believed my love would be reciprocated because it was pure. But it wasn’t. Reaction to every action? It doesn’t work that way with a human heart. Human mind resembles the quantum world. Always uncertain. Beyond any explanation.” ― Abhaidev, That Thing About You
  1. I sometimes think there is nothing more painful than love denied. To love someone you cannot have, to stand beside your heart’s desire and be unable to take them in your arms. A love that cannot be requited. I can think of nothing more painful than that.” ― Cassandra Clare, The Wicked Ones
  1. I am sleeping with unreciprocated love, while the arms of hope wrap around me.” ― Faith Herndon
  1. I think one of the most poignant things is unrequited love and loneliness.” ― Wilbur Smith
  1. I had never wanted to be one of those girls in love with boys who would not have me. Unrequited love plain desperate aboveboard boy-chasing turned you into a salesperson, and what you were selling was something he didn’t want, couldn’t use, would never miss. Unrequited love was deciding to be useless, and I could never abide uselessness. Neither could James. He understood. In such situations, you do one of two things – you either walk away and deny yourself, or you do sneaky things to get what you need. You attend weddings, you go for walks. You say, yes. Yes, you’re my best friend, too.” ― Elizabeth McCracken, The Giant’s House
  1. I hope I’m not turning into that girl, the one who daydreams about a guy she can never have.” ― Kasie West, The Distance Between Us
  1. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. “After all this time?” ” Always,” said Snape.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  1. To know true love, even though it was impossible to keep, had finally cracked her heart open enough to let someone else in.” ― Andrea Hurst, Always with You
  1. Three years later and I’m still writing about you. I don’t know if that says more about you or I.” ― Dominic Riccitello
  1. I want you to be happy, and him to be happy. And yet when you walk down that aisle to meet him and join yourselves forever you will walk an invisible path of the shards of my heart, Tessa. I would give over my own life for either of yours. I perhaps that when you told me you did not love me my feelings would fall away and atrophy, but they have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before, and in an hour I will love you more than that. It is unfair to tell you this, I know, when you can do nothing about it.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess
  1. Let her remain where she is. A constellation away.” ― Eric Gamalinda, My Sad Republic
  1. I desperately wanted to say Please Don’t Waste Your Time on Me because I feared that I would somehow be the cause of his undoing if I allowed him to fawn over me in the ways that his heart desired. He was, after all, Enlightened and I was a Caster. There was no possibility of his interest in me ever becoming anything more than a romantic fable…” ― Trisha North, FLAME: Chronicles of a Teenage Caster
  1. I won’t telephone him. I’ll never telephone him again as long as I live. He’ll rot in hell, before I’ll call him up. You don’t have to give me strength, God; I have it myself. If he wanted me, he could get me. He knows where I am. He knows I’m waiting here. He’s so sure of me, so sure. I wonder why they hate you, as soon as they are sure of you.” ― Dorothy Parker, The Portable Dorothy Parker
  1. Moreover, and of course, she loved him; but in Sefton’s stern code her love had always been chained up, and howled fruitlessly, as indeed it did now.” ― Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight
  1. All I knew was that I hated her. For I was like any dull ass who has ever loved someone who loved another. I thought: if only she were gone, it would change everything.” ― Madeline Miller, Circe
  1. “‘Twere all one, that I should love a bright particular star. And think to wed it, he is so above me. In his bright radiance and collateral light. Must I be comforted, not in his sphere.” ― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well
  1. I had to get over [him]. For months now, a stone had been sitting on my heart. I’d shed a lot of tears over [him], lost a lot of sleep, eaten a lot of cake batter. Somehow, I had to move on. [Life] would be hell if I didn’t shake loose from the grip he had on my heart. I most definitely didn’t want to keep feeling this way, alone in a love affair meant for two. Even if he’d felt like The One. Even if I’d always thought we’d end up together. Even if he still had a choke chain on my heart.” ― Kristan Higgins, All I Ever Wanted
  1. Suddenly she realized that what she was regretting was not the lost past but the lost future, not what had not been but what would never be.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Nice Quiet Place
  1. Although he doesn’t know it yet, she isn’t his real life. But he is hers. This is painful.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride
  1. Winter is much like unrequited love; cold and merciless.” ― Kellie Elmore
  1. Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?” ― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  1. I could no longer deny the truth. I was not invisible to him. I was contemptible… Perhaps I deserved it. Surely I didn’t deserve to be loved, for, otherwise, wouldn’t I have found someone to love me by now?” ― Marissa Meyer, Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
  1. When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?” ― Shannon L. Alder
  1. When you truly love someone, you don’t hurt or cause them pain, that’s how I painfully realized you didn’t love me.” ― Michael Hayssus, A Diary Of Hurts
  1. Two Cures for Love
    1. Don’t see him. Don’t phone or write a letter.
    2. The easy way: get to know him better.” ― Wendy Cope
  1. “I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska
  1. We were talking nonsense, and I said something silly about unrequited love, and he became very serious, and he stopped me, and he said that unrequited love was not possible; that it was not love. He said that love must be freely given, and freely taken, such that the lovers, in joining, make equal halves of something whole.” ― Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
  1. Loving someone you can’t be with…it’s a terrible, terrible burden.” ― Mary Margaret, Once Upon a Time
  1. Thus much and more; and yet thou lov’st me not,
    And never wilt! Love dwells not in our will.
    Nor can I blame thee, though it be my lot
    To strongly, wrongly, vainly love thee still.” ― Lord Byron, “Love and Death
  1. The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.” ― Joyce Carol Oates, Death Mother
  1. She hardly ever thought of him. He had worn a place for himself in some corner of her heart, as a sea shell, always boring against the rock, might do. The making of the place had been her pain. But now the shell was safely in the rock. It was lodged, and ground no longer.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King
  1. I’d always secretly believed that a love as fierce and true as mine would be rewarded in the end, and now I was being forced to accept the bitter truth.” ― Alma Katsu, The Taker
  1. I fell for you and I fell hard. You bruised my knees and my heart to the point where I will do everything in my power never to fall for anyone again. It’s safer to stay on your feet. I would rather walk through life completely without love – empty; than crawl through what’s been pumping through my veins one more time.” ― Denice Envall
  1. Sometimes life sends us people who don’t love us enough, to remind us of what we’re worthy of.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
  1. I wish I had the guts to walk away from what we had. But I can’t because I know you won’t come after me, and that’s what hurts the most.” ― Spencer Shirks
  1. One sided-love always goes with the urge of possessing.” ― Yu-Rang Han, Love in the Mask

Best Quotes For One-Sided Love From Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

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  1. Out of her favor, where I am in love.” ― Romeo
  1. She’ll not be hit. With Cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit, And, in strong proof of chastity well armed, From love’s weak childish bow she lives uncharmed” ― Romeo
  1. This love I feel, I feel no love in this.” ― Romeo
  1. I pray thee chide not. Her I love now. Doth grace for grace and love for love allow. The other did not so.” ― Romeo
  1. By giving liberty into thine eyes, examine other beauties.” ― Benvolio
  1. Come, he hath hid himself among these trees to be consorted (associate with) with the humorous night, blind is his love, and best befits the dark.” ― Benvolio
  1. That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio’s soul is but a little way above our heads, staying for thine to keep him company, either thou (tybalt) or I, or both, must go with him.” ― Romeo

Anime Quotes About One-Sided Love Relationships

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  1. Love is like a mirror that reflects your bad side. Especially when it’s unrequited, you get envious, jealous, prejudiced, and resentful. You have to face all sorts of emotions, but there’s no reason to find that shameful.” ― Margery Daw, Shakugan No Shana
  1. Someday my memories will fade…And her voice, her actions, I might forget them as well. But I will always remember that I loved Saber.” ― Shirou Emiya, Fate Stay Night
  1. I won’t hate that person. Even if my love does not reach him. Because they’re still my precious feelings.” ― Ninako Kinoshita, Strobe Edge
  1. There is only one person who you can each truly love. It’s too bad that you can’t change who that person is. If you could, then you both would be a lot happier.” ― Arisugawa Juri, Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Bible Quotes About Unrequited Love

  1. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… ― First Corinthians 13:4-8
  1. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I deserve and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ― Isaiah 55:10-13
  1. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
    ― Proverbs 13:12
  1. And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.” ― Ether 12:37

Soren Kierkegaard Quotes On Unrequited Love

  1. Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see
  1. Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle

Best One-Sided Love Quotes From The Great Gatsby

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  1. Gatsby looked at Daisy in a way that every girl wanted to be looked at.
  1. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”
  1. There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.”
  1. Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”
  1. I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”
  1. There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.”
  1. For a while these reveries provided an outlet for his imagination; they were a satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing.”

The Holiday Quotes On Unrequited Love

  1. And then there is another kind of love, the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. It’s called ‘Unrequited Love’. Of that, I am an expert. Most love stories about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories? Those of us who fall in love alone. We are the victims of the one-sided affairs. We are the cursed of the loved ones; we are ‘un-loved’ ones. The walking wounded. The handicap without the advancement of a great parking spot. Yes, you are looking at one such individual.” ― Iris
  1. And I have willingly loved that man, for over three miserable years. The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmases the worst birthdays! New Year’s Eve brought in by tears and Valium. These years that I’ve been in love have been the darkest days of my life! All because I’ve been cursed by being in love with a man who does not, and will not, love me back. Oh God, Just the sight of him; heart pounding, throat thickening, absolutely can’t swallow. All the usual symptoms.” ― Iris
  1. I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy.” ― Iris

Twelfth Night Quotes On Unrequited Love

  1. If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting. The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
  1. Your lord does know my mind, I cannot love him.”
  1. Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better.”
  1. Love make his heart of flint that you shall love. And let your fervor, like my master’s, be placed in contempt.”
  1. Make me a willow cabin at your gate, and call upon my soul within the house;
    Write loyal cantons of contemned love, and sing them loud even in the dead of night;
    Hallo your name to the reverberate hills, and make the babbling gossip of the air.
    Cry out “Olivia!” O, you should not rest, between the elements of air and earth. But you should pity me

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can unrequited love do to a person?

It could be quite complex to deal with unrequited love as you give abundant love to a person while mourning the fact that they do not reciprocate your feelings. Unrequited love can make you question your self-worth and may leave you emotionally unstable. However, it is best to come to terms with the fact that they are not meant for you and move on. More importantly, never lose hope.

2. Is unrequited love the same as a crush?

Unrequited love and crush are almost synonymous, but unrequited love could go to a deeper level. While crushing on someone could mean an infatuation, unrequited love could indicate that you have strong feelings towards a person.

3. Is unrequited love toxic?

Unrequited love may not be toxic, depending on the person. If the lover accepts that there could be no potential relationship and is willing to move on, the relationship might not turn toxic. However, if the lover is adamant about getting into a relationship with the other person, it could fall into the abusive category.

Unrequited love can be quite frustrating since it can be hard to digest when the person who means the world to you does not reciprocate your feelings. These unrequited love quotes will help you better understand your pain and deal with it maturely. So, learn to take rejection in your stride and move on. Remember that this is not the end of the world but only the end of a chapter, and there is always hope for better beginnings. You can also share these quotes with someone who’s dealing with unrequited love to ease their pain.

Infographic: Sayings About Unrequited Love

When you love someone, but the person does not reciprocate with the same kind of love toward you, it could be disheartening. Nevertheless, it would be best if you moved forward, hoping for a better future. We bring some motivational quotes in this infographic to uplift your spirit.

motivational quotes on unrequited love [infographic]
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