30+ of the Most Powerful Unrequited Love Quotes From Literature

Filed in Quote by on October 13, 2022

While being in love is lovely, it may also leave you feeling a little frigid if that love is not reciprocated. Unrequited love quotes might help you feel less alone when that occurs.

unrequited love quotes

Being unable to fall in love is so much preferable to unrequited love. The world is wonderfully illuminated and beautiful when two people are in love.

These relevant unrequited love quotes can help you express your sentiments, whether you love someone who doesn’t love you back or you are loved by someone who doesn’t love you back.

You don’t have to put your feelings into words; you can just repeat these quotations about unrequited love.

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

2. “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 Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

3. “It’s more like every electron in every atom in the universe paused, breathed in deeply, assessed the situation, and then reversed its course, spinning backward, or the other way, which was the right way all along. And afterward, the universe was exactly the same, but infinitely more right.” ― Lydia Netzer, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

4. “I have to admit, 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, The Truth About Forever

5. “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, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

6. “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, Ghostgirl

7. “…as long as nothing happens between them, the memory is cursed with what hasn’t happened.” ― Marguerite Duras, Blue Eyes, Black Hair

8. “’ 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, Zero at the Bone

9. “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, Girls in Pants; The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

10. “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 paying the price for the hurt done by the one who came before.” ― Ellie Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief

11. “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 into a million pieces.” ― BJ Novak, One More Thing

12. “I was in love with an 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, Unrequited: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Romantic Obsession

13. “’ 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, Emily’s Quest

14. “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 the Lighthouse

15. “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, Burning Bridges

16. “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

17. “Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?” ― James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

18. “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, The Once and Future King

19. “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, Committed: A Love Story

20. “How much of life could he spend aching? Aching is not a stable condition; it must resolve into something.” ― Arthur Phillips, The Song Is You

21. “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 Secret History

22. “Unrequited love is all right in books and things, but in real life, it completely sucks.” ― Meg Cabot, Haunted: A Mediator Tale

23. “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, the final verse of “Love and Death”

24. “The wait is long, my dream of you does not end.” ― Nuala O’Faolain, My Dream of You

25. “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, The Bargain

26. “There is nothing so mortifying as to fall in love with someone who does not share one’s sentiments.” ― Georgette Heyer, “Venetia”

27. “I want him to see the flowers in my eyes and hear the songs in my hands.” ― Francesca Lia Block, “Dangerous Angels”

28. “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, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

29. “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, The Poems of Abraham Cowley

30. “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, Come to the Edge

31. “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           

32. “Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.” ― J.M. Barrie, The Little Minister

33. “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” ― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

34. “You have never loved me as I love you — never — never! Yours is not a passionate heart — your heart does not burn in a flame! You are, upon the whole, a sort of fay, or sprite — not a woman!” ― Thomas Hardy, “Jude the Obscure”

35. “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, Tell the Wolves I’m Home

36. “And then it happens, the most dreaded response in the world, more terse than any word, more withholding than a no, and strictly verboten for someone as in love with language and me as you claim to be. You: K.” ― Caroline Kepnes, “You”

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