60 Unrequited Love Quotes

One of the most painful things in life is unrequited love. Loving someone so deeply and not having that love reciprocated can be so heartbreaking.

Unrequited love is difficult to get rid of and will take some time before you can finally move on. But there are certain things you can do to speed up the process.

To deal with unrequited love, you must take time for yourself, create space, and try to show yourself some love. This is a very important thing to do. Just because the one you love doesn’t feel the same way doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you or you can’t be loved.

You can be loved and you can start with yourself. Make time for yourself, pamper yourself, you deserve it. and get out there. Just because someone didn’t want you doesn’t mean no one will. There are a lot of people out there who will be happy to be with you, so get out there and go on dates.

In the meantime, here are some unrequited love quotes to help you through this devastating period in your life, just remember, all it takes is time, this too will pass.

Unrequited love quotes

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.  Mignon McLaughlin  unrequited love quotes

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
Mignon McLaughlin

Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart. Unknown unrequited love quotes

Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.
Unknown

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

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

It's wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can't have the one you want. Louisa May Alcott

It’s wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can’t have the one you want.
Louisa May Alcott

Let no one who loves be called unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.  James Matthew Barrie

Let no one who loves be called unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.
James Matthew Barrie

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves. Federico García Lorca

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
Federico García Lorca

The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.

The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.

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

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

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. Washington Irving unrequited love quotes

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Washington Irving

Love may have the longest arms, but it can still fall short of an embrace. unrequited love quotes

Love may have the longest arms, but it can still fall short of an embrace.

There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it. Shannon L. Alder

There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.
Shannon L. Alder

unrequited love quotes 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

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

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

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

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

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

Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone, if the one that you love doesn't love you. Tennessee Williams

Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone, if the one that you love doesn’t love you.
Tennessee Williams

Unrequited love is a ridiculous state, and it makes those in it behave ridiculously. Cassandra Clare

Unrequited love is a ridiculous state, and it makes those in it behave ridiculously.
Cassandra Clare

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

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

An unrequited love is so much better than a real one. As long as something is never even started, you never have to worry about it ending.  Sarah Dessen

An unrequited love is so much better than a real one. As long as something is never even started, you never have to worry about it ending. 
Sarah Dessen

Too many of us are hung up on what we don't have, can't have, or won't ever have. Terry McMillan

Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have.
Terry McMillan

The worst feeling is falling for someone and knowing that they won't be there to catch you. Rashida Rowe

The worst feeling is falling for someone and knowing that they won’t be there to catch you.
Rashida Rowe

One of the greatest pain and agony is being in one sided love with someone.

One of the greatest pain and agony is being in one sided love with someone.

Unrequited love differs from mutual love, just like delusion differs from the truth. George Sand

Unrequited love differs from mutual love, just like delusion differs from the truth.
George Sand

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.

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.

When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever. Sylvia Plath

When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever.
Sylvia Plath

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 T. Taylor

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 T. Taylor

The biggest curse in life is not loosing your love, but not being loved by someone you love.

The biggest curse in life is not loosing your love, but not being loved by someone you love.

You lose yourself trying to hold on to someone who doesn’t care about losing you.  Tablo

You lose yourself trying to hold on to someone who doesn’t care about losing you. 
Tablo

Love unrequited is violent. He loves you so much that he’s turned it into hate. Lauren DeStefano

Love unrequited is violent. He loves you so much that he’s turned it into hate.
Lauren DeStefano

I know I am but summer to your heart, And not the full four seasons of the year.  Edna St. Vincent Millay

I know I am but summer to your heart, And not the full four seasons of the year.
 Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

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

Isn’t that how falling in love so often works? Some stranger appears out of nowhere and becomes a fixed star in your universe. Kate Bolick

Isn’t that how falling in love so often works? Some stranger appears out of nowhere and becomes a fixed star in your universe.
Kate Bolick

As long as nothing happens between them, the memory is cursed with what hasn’t happened. Marguerite Duras

As long as nothing happens between them, the memory is cursed with what hasn’t happened.
Marguerite Duras

I was in love with unavailable man, an old, sad story. When I first started to fall for him, months before, my feelings gave me pleasure and hope. I would wait for him, as lovers had waited for each other since the beginning of time. But as the months passed and he didn’t come around, something inside me shifted. My unrequited love became obsessive.” Lisa M Philiips

I was in love with unavailable man, an old, sad story. When I first started to fall for him, months before, my feelings gave me pleasure and hope. I would wait for him, as lovers had waited for each other since the beginning of time. But as the months passed and he didn’t come around, something inside me shifted. My unrequited love became obsessive.”
Lisa M Philiips

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

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

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 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

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

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

Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it? James Patterson

Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?
James Patterson

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

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

I know this sounds crazy to say after one encounter but I kind of fell for you pretty hard and it has been forever since I’ve connected to anyone like this and my heart is kind of broken in a million pieces BJ Novak

I know this sounds crazy to say after one encounter but I kind of fell for you pretty hard and it has been forever since I’ve connected to anyone like this and my heart is kind of broken in a million pieces
BJ Novak

What made you feel that stomach-churning agony for one person and not another? If Bridget were God, she would have made it against the law for you to feel that way about someone without them having to feel it for you right back. Ann Brashares

What made you feel that stomach-churning agony for one person and not another? If Bridget were God, she would have made it against the law for you to feel that way about someone without them having to feel it for you right back.
Ann Brashares

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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

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

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.  Ellie Newmark

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.
 Ellie Newmark

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

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

How much of life could he spend aching? Aching is not a stable condition; it must resolve into something. Arthur Phillips

How much of life could he spend aching? Aching is not a stable condition; it must resolve into something.
Arthur Phillips

The wait is long, my dream of you does not end. Nuala O’Faolain

The wait is long, my dream of you does not end.
Nuala O’Faolain

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

You just know something is a miss, 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

Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody really want him it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury. Elizabeth Gilbert

Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody really want him it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.
Elizabeth Gilbert

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

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

Unrequited love is all right in books and things, but in real life, it completely sucks. Meg Cabot

Unrequited love is all right in books and things, but in real life, it completely sucks.
Meg Cabot

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

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

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

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

I did not know how long it took to get over such a love, and that even when you did, when you loved again, you would always carry a sliver of it in your stitched-together heart. Christina Haag

I did not know how long it took to get over such a love, and that even when you did, when you loved again, you would always carry a sliver of it in your stitched-together heart.
Christina Haag

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

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

You are the only cure to my sadness, even though you are also the one who caused it.

You are the only cure to my sadness, even though you are also the one who caused it.

Miserable pain is the result of an absence of love.

Miserable pain is the result of an absence of love.

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 will 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

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 will 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

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

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

Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow. J.M. Barrie

Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.
J.M. Barrie

And then one day – and the journey is different for each of us you come to your senses.

And then one day – and the journey is different for each of us you come to your senses.

You know that you will wait for that someone even though you also know that your feelings can never be returned.

You know that you will wait for that someone even though you also know that your feelings can never be returned.

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