Unrequited and One Sided Love Quotes

Have you ever had strong feelings for someone who didn’t feel the same way for you? Well, for those of you who have encountered such an experience, these unrequited and one sided love quotes can represent your feelings.

It is human nature to love and be loved. However, sometimes you have to swallow the bitterness of unrequited love. Now you are left in solitude, devoured by the miserable. But, you should not linger in this dark valley so long.

Unrequited love occurs when you force yourself to ‘fits’ for the other person, idealizing that person by considering you two a perfect match. Meanwhile, that person doesn’t have the same feelings as you.

Whether someone has been rejected for expressing their feelings, stuck in the ‘friend zone’ or failed to acknowledge their emotions.

Here is our collection of unrequited and one sided love quotes that brilliantly say how you feel. Scroll down.

Heartbreak one sided love quotes

They say heartbreak is a blessing. It helps you grow and turns you into a better, more powerful person. You become as strong as a beast. — Priyanka Agarwal

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

Loving you was like jumping into the dark side of a pool, and drowning. — Lori Jenessa Nelson

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This is one of the great human mysteries: why do works of art about bad things such as loss and deprivation make us feel good? — Robert Pinsky

When you have an uneasy feeling that happiness is beginning to slip through your fingers you hang on as tightly as you can; you don’t give it an added push away from you. — Cornell Woolrich

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

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

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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

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

Short unrequited love quotes

As long as you’re neurotic and crazy, he’s great. But once he solves all your problems, he becomes the problem. — Candace Bushnell

If you don’t love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us. — Stendhal

I wish I knew how to quit you. — Annie Proulx

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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

The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person. — Chuck Palahniuk

The biggest curse in life is not losing your love, but not being loved by someone you love. — Kiran Joshi

The right people will appreciate you, but the wrong ones never will. — Wayne Gerard Trotman

Unrequited love is not an affront to man but raises him. — Alexander Pushkin

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Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option. — Mark Twain

Birds sing even when the world is filled with sadness. I don’t know why people can’t do the same thing. — Michael Gilbert

The pain of one-sided love, of knowing that I had loved her more than she had loved me — Sierra Simone

We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. — Sam Keen

Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them. — Bill Russell

Yet leave me not; yet, if thou wilt, be free; love me no more, but love my love of thee. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

I’ve enough pride never to let myself love a man who does not love me. — Leo Tolstoy

One sided love quotes about seeing new horizon

The great unrequited love tears open your heart to the beauty of the world, its small rivers and upland meadows. It also makes you kinder to the next hundred thousand persons who cross your path. — Garrison Keillor

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

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. — Rumi

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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

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

Stop giving energy to the things you don’t want. — Wayne Dyer

Unrequited love is so boring. Weeping under a blue-black sky is for suckers or maniacs. — Alice Hoffman

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

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Never make someone a priority, when all you are to them is an option. — Maya Angelou

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

Unrequited love quotes Shakespeare

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

Love that we cannot have is the one that lasts the longest, hurts the deepest, but feels the strongest.

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.

Love from one side hurts, but love from two sides heals.

If you love and get hurt, love more; If you love more and hurt more, love even more. If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more.

My heart is turned to stone; I strike it, and it hurts my hand.

If thou remember’st not the slightest folly that ever love did make thee run into, thou hast not loved.

Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.

The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown, is often left unloved.

And ruin`d love when it is built anew, grows fairer than at first, more strong, far greater

Unreciprocated love quotes and saying

I am sleeping with unreciprocated love, while the arms of hope wrap around me. — Faith Herndon

Have you ever felt like begging someone not to let you go but deep down you’ve always known he doesn’t really care one way or the other if you’re there or not? ― Laarni Venus Marie

How can you make someone love you when they won’t? And what if that person happens to be your mother? ― Laura Wiess

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

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

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

When you find that rare person who really knows who you are, and they still don’t love you. ― Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

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

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

Pain one sided love quotes that make you cry

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life. — Merle Shain

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

Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face – I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself. — Nicholas Sparks

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

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

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

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

I came hoping to see those eyes, but instead I return with my heart, leaving behind only flowers. — Kim Dong Hwa

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

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

Loss heartbeat quotes about rejection

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

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

Problems can be fixed. But unrequited love is a tragedy. — Suzanne Harper

Nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be. — Gregory David Roberts

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 knew you didn’t love me, but I dangerously adored you anyways. — R. YS Perez

Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you. — Haruki Murakami

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

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

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

More one sided love quotes and lines

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

Although he doesn’t know it yet, she isn’t his real life. But he is hers. This is painful. — Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

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

I’m chasing you. I’m going to chase you until you give this a chance. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

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

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

Unrequited love quotes about the inevitability

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

Although love unreturned can drive you to despair, trust that somewhere out there, someone is waiting just for you. — Laura Ramirez

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

Don’t you ever let another put their hands on something that’s already yours, because you might end up breaking your own heart. — Jonathan Anthony Burkett

Unfortunately, loving someone doesn’t obligate them to love you back. — J. Matthew Nespoli

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

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

You’re the queen of pushing people away before they can say they like you. The queen of rejecting first so you can’t be rejected. — Maggie Ann Martin

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

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

Poetry one sided love quotes

They loved each other, but neither
Would venture to speak thereof;
They glared at each other like enemies
And wanted to die of love. — Heinrich Heine

I wish I coud be okay with unrequited love, but I am not a wolf and you are
not the moon. — Emily Byrnes

Your love was a monster.
Every time I would come up for some air
It would drown me further
deeper, furiously. — Sakshi Narula

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

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

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

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 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

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

Final thought about one sided love quotes

Here there are our one sided love quotes and sayings. Remember, true love involves risk, vulnerability, and courage as a couple. Meanwhile in unrequited love, this is a way to avoid the uncertainty that true love needs.

You have to take a positive attitude from this kind of love experience. Put positive words into your heart that you are a special person who only deserves someone special. May you learn the good side of it and let go to move on.

Did you enjoy our collection of one sided love quotes? What is your favorite quote? Would you like to add another one here? Write your feeling in the comments!

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