57+ Best Unrequited Love Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational unrequited love quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Unrequited Love Quotes

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 worst feeling is falling for someone and knowing that they wont be there to catch you. – Rashida Rowe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 knew I was in love with you. Was I an idiot for thinking you were in love with me too? – Jesu Nadal

No one understands why you do certain things even when you know you’re never going to get anything back. – Shahul Hussain

Maybe one day you’ll understand that hearts don’t intend to break other hearts. – Marisa Donnelly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes the best feeling is not falling in love, it’s falling out of love with someone who never really loved you. – Mitch Cuent

When you are in a relationship with someone and all the heavy lifting is put on you then there is no way that person loves you. – Gichele Cocrelle

Unrequited love is like hitting your head against a wall that isn’t there. – Shannon Wheeler

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

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

‘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

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

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command. – Alan Watts

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

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

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

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

An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception. – Harold Lokes

If you don’t receive love from the ones who are meant to love you, you will never stop looking for it. – Robert Goolrick

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

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

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

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

I used to care so much. I used to fight for this. I tried my hardest to hold on and keep you but you didn’t want this as much as I did. I didn’t lose you. Let’s be honest, you lost me. – Hemant smarty

I wish I could stop loving you so that I could free myself of the pain of you not being able to love me back. – Cian Kim

The love that last the longest is the love that is never returned. – William Somerset Maugham

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

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

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

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

Sometimes life sends us people who don’t love us enough, to remind us of what we’re worthy of. – Mandy Hale

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, youll 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 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

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

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

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

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

The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love. – Joyce Carol Oates