Unrequited Love Quote Collection to Ease the Pain

Unrequited Love Quote

The pain of unreturned affection is always real, humbling, and utterly hard to get over. When you feel something so strongly for someone, only to have it rejected or ignored, it is a lot like something has died inside you. These seven carefully selected quotations about unrequited love from different sources reflect those moments and give them a bittersweet, sometimes humorous flavor. Read them and commiserate, but know that one day soon, somebody else will return the love you give sweetly and willingly.

Sometimes with one I love I fill myself with rage
for fear I effuse unreturn'd love,


But now I think there is no unreturn'd love,
the pay is certain one 
way or another,
(I loved a certain person ardently and
my love was not return'd

 Yet out of that I have written these songs.)

-Sometimes With One I Love by Walt Whitman

I'll close my eyes, then I won't see

The love you don't feel when you're holding me

Morning will come and I'll do what's right

Just give me till then to give up this fight

-Excerpt from the song I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

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It’s all a figment of your infatuation.

-From a car bumper sticker

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My thoughts are crabbed and sallow,

My tears like vinegar,

Or the bitter blinking yellow

Of an acetic star.

Tonight the caustic wind, love,

Gossips late and soon,

And I wear the wry-faced pucker of

The sour lemon moon.

While like an early summer plum,

Puny, green, and tart,

Droops upon its wizened stem

My lean, unripened heart.

- Jilted by Sylvia Plath

I’ll never mean anything to her so I might just as well put her out of my mind. I’ll concentrate on my peanut butter sandwich. Some substitute!

-Charlie Brown ruminating about unrequited love for his little red-haired girl

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I couldn’t allow myself to think about her very long; if I had I would have jumped off the bridge. It’s strange. I had become so reconciled to this life without her, and yet if I thought about her only for a minute it was enough to pierce the bone and marrow of my contentment and shove me back again into the agonizing gutter of my wretched past.

-Excerpt from the book Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

You who never arrived

in my arms, Beloved, who were lost

from the start,

I don’t even know what songs

would please you. I have given up trying

to recognize you in the surging wave of

the next moment.

-Excerpt from the poem You Who Never Arrived by Rainer Maria Rilke

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