Have you ever looked at someone and wonder how one person can be so amazing?
Your heart beats faster when you look at them. You just can’t help but fall in love with their bright smile, their kind eyes, and just everything about them.
If that’s the case, you must have been bitten by the love bug.
Love is such a wonderful thing and we all want to have it.
It is so wonderful, that there’s no other feeling quite like it.
But love, oftentimes, can be complicated.
Sometimes, no matter how much we want someone, they just might not feel the same way. (If you want to know whether someone really loves you, read this.)
Perhaps the timing isn’t right. Maybe you’re both at different stages of your life.
And for whatever reason, the pieces just don’t click.
So what do you do?
Unfortunately, (and quite importantly), you can’t force someone to love you.
Remembering that will save you all the additional heartache later.
However, the pain of unrequited love is real. There is nothing more painful than wanting to love someone, but for some reason, you just can’t.
So allow yourself the heartbreak for now. But trust that time will heal the pain.
For now, here are 55 heartfelt quotes about unrequited love to keep you company.
55 Quotes About Unrequited Love
1.“A mighty pain to love it is, and ’tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all pains, the greatest pain it is to love, but love in vain.” (Abraham Cowley)
2.“Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.” (
3.”Perhaps a great love is never returned” (Dag Hammerskjold)
4.“People do incredible things for love, particularly for unrequited love.” (Daniel Radcliffe)
5.”Unrequited love does not die; it’s only beaten down to a secret place where it hides, curled and wounded.” (Elle Newmark)
6.”Unrequited love differs from mutual love, just like delusion differs from the truth.” (George Sand)
7.“Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?” (James Patterson)
8.”You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.” (Johnny Depp)
9.”Sometimes life sends us people who don’t love us enough, to remind us of what we’re worthy of.” (Mandy Hale)
10.“Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.” (J.M. Barrie)
11.”The love that last the longest is the love that is never returned.” (William Somerset Maugham)
12.“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)
13.”The biggest curse in life is not loosing your love, but not being loved by someone you love.” (Kiran Joshi)
14.”Problems can be fixed. But unrequited love is a tragedy.” (Suzanne Harper)
15.”Perhaps unrequited love was a specter in the house, a presence that brushed at the edge of senses, a heat in the dark, a shadow under the sun.” (Sherry Thomas)
16.“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” (
17.“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survive in a way that once-requited love cannot.” (John Green)
18.”When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever.” (Sylvia Plath)
19.“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.” (
20.“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?” (
21.”Maybe one day you’ll understand that hearts don’t intend to break other hearts.” (Marisa Donnelly)
22.“She hated that she was still so desperate for a glimpse of him, but it had been this way for years.” (
23.“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)
24.”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)
25.“There is nothing so mortifying as to fall in love with someone who does not share one’s sentiments.” (
26.“When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.” (
27.”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)
28.“The saddest thing is to be a minute to someone, when you’ve made them your eternity.” (
29.”I knew I was in love with you. Was I an idiot for thinking you were in love with me too?” (Jesu Nadal)
30.“We’re cool,” I say calmly, although I feel something else. I feel… sad. Like I’ve lost something I never quite had.” (
31.“The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” (
32.“Nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be.” (
33.”I think one of the most poignant things is unrequited love and loneliness.” (Wilbur Smith)
34.”To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” (Federico Garcia Lorca)
35.”My heart is ever at your service.” (William Shakespeare)
36.“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.” (
37.“Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. Perhaps this is why we always love madly someone who treats us with indifference.” (
38.“You think being dead inside is bad until someone brings you back to life and stabs you in the chest without the intention of killing you.” (
39.“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.” (
40.“It’s delicious to have people adore you, but it’s exhausting, too. Particularly when your own feelings don’t match theirs.” (
41.“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.” (
42.“When you love something, you have to make sure it loves you back, or you’ll bring about no end of trouble chasing it.” (
43.“He was both everything I could ever want…
And nothing I could ever have…” (
44.“Though these words will never find you, I hope that you knew I was thinking of you today….. and that I was wishing you every happiness. Love Always, The girl you loved once.” (
45.“Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another: Why can’t you see who I truly am?” (
46.“There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.” (
47.“It’s times like this…. when it’s over a year later and I’m still crying over you that I want to turn to you and say: See…. This is why I asked you never to kiss me.” (
48.“It’s difficult for me to imagine the rest of my life without you. But I suppose I don’t have to imagine it… I just have to live it” (
49.“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.” (
50.“If you cannot hold me in your arms, then hold my memory in high regard.
And if I cannot be in your life, then at least let me live in your heart.” (
51.“To me, you were more than just a person. You were a place where I finally felt at home.” (
52.“And in the end, I said you would love me. We’re in the end and there’s only one of us here.” (
53.“You are the best worst thing to ever happen to me” (
54.“It was hard to pour endless love into someone who wouldn’t love you back. No one could do it forever” (
55.“Because by immortalizing the pain of my unrequited love I am letting you go. This is me moving on the only way I know how.” (
Now that you’ve read these unrequited love quotes, I recommend reading these inspiring quotes by Brene Brown.
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