Favourite unrequited love quotes

Unrequited love hearts
  • Six weeks I’ve wanted you. I know how you move, and how the sunlight makes a shadow on the curve of your cheek, and the shape of your ear.
    Laura Kinsale

  • I was jealous of the ticket collector who briefly touched her hand as she held out her rail pass. Jealous of the ground beneath her feet.
    Heinrich Böll
  • For months now, a stone had been sitting on my heart.
    Kristan Higgins
  • As soon as forever is through, I’ll be over you.
  • Love is like someone is camping in your head.
    Helen Fisher
  • Every place lacked her and expected her.
    Iris Murdoch
  • One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.
    James Earl Jones
  • To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
    Federico García Lorca
  • Ask me why I keep on loving you when it’s clear that you don’t feel the same way for me. The problem is that as much as I can’t force you to love me, I can’t force myself to stop loving you.
  • Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
    Charlie Brown (Charles Schultz)
  • Most of you have been where I am tonight. The crash site of unrequited love. You ask yourself, How did I get here? What was it about? Was it her smile? Was it the way she crossed her legs, the turn of her ankle, the poignant vulnerability of her slender wrists? What are these elusive and ephemeral things that ignite passion in the human heart?
    Sybil Adelman
  • Because, if you could love someone, and keep loving them, without being loved back . . . then that love had to be real. It hurt too much to be anything else.
    Sarah Cross
  • In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
    Mignon McLaughlin
  • If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.
    John Green
  • Let no one who loves be called unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.
    James Matthew Barrie
  • People do incredible things for love, particularly for unrequited love.
    Daniel Radcliffe
  • Unrequited love is a ridiculous state, and it makes those in it behave ridiculously.
    Cassandra Clare
  • Unrequited love is the only possible way to give yourself to another without being held in indentured servitude.
  • 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
  • When someone leaves you, apart from missing them, apart from the fact that the whole little world you’ve created together collapses, and that everything you see or do reminds you of them, the worst is the thought that they tried you out, and, in the end, the whole sum of parts that adds up to you got stamped REJECT by the one you love.
    Bridget Jones (Helen Fielding)
  • Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another: “Why can’t you see who I truly am?”
    Shannon L. Alder
  • Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.
    Jeremy Irvine
  • You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.
    Julie de Lespinasse
  • 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.
    Elle Newmark
  • We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.
    Sigmund Freud
  • How could an Angel break my heart?
    Toni Braxton
  • Self-love seems so often unrequited.
    Anthony Powell


  1. Camille
    Posted April 27, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Dear Natasha,

    I just discovered your blog and I already love it, thank you for sharing your beautiful diary stories with us.
    This compilation of unrequited love quotes is beautiful and speaks so much to me… I’ve been writing in my diary about a person I am in love with for three years now, a person I haven’t seen for three years. This is something that people who have never experienced such feelings cannot understand and sometimes, I am wondering if I am not just a fool. It’s good to see how beautiful and inspiring unrequited love can be. Because yes, it is !

    Thank you for this article, take care : )


    • Natasha Holme
      Posted April 27, 2018 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      THANK YOU for your comment, Camille. You had me reread all those quotes. And they sent shivers of joy and sorrow through me.

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