26 One-sided Love Quotes That Capture The Bitterness

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A list of one-sided love and unrequited love quotes that may tell your story

When do you know you are in a one-sided relationship? Was it the night when he didn’t pick up your call? Or the smile on his face when he looked at her? 

You are not alone. We have all somehow suffered from unrequited love. No matter how hard we try and how much we give, we couldn’t get them to love us back. 

But what makes one-sided love detrimental is that sometimes we don’t even know we are in one. The absence of response can wickedly amplify one’s desire. We keep hoping and giving until one day, the bubbles burst and our hearts are broken. 

I have been in the same place many times. So here is a list of one-side love quotes that relate to me. I find strength reading through them and I hope you do too.

Relatable one-side love quotes

You won't even know those quotes and poems are all about you.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

You won’t even know those quotes and poems are all about you.

But then I realize if you can put you through such pain, why would you care about what I posted on your feelings in the first place. They won’t read the quotes you post on social media, wondering if they are the reason why you feel sad. 

My heart is taken by someone I can’t call my own.

I don’t control whom I fall for. You get me with a smile, a touch, and a “Babe”. But in the back of my mind, I know you aren’t mine the entire time. And it’s my responsibility to drag myself out of the toxic fantasy.

Every time I think about you, I have to remind myself that if you wanted to talk to me, you would.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

Every time I think about you, I have to remind myself that if you wanted to talk to me, you would.

The ones that care will make efforts to be close to you. They will talk about the stupid little things because they are afraid to lose you. If they are ok to let you go, you don’t own them in the first place.

I want you to know, but I don’t want to tell you.

Maybe if I try hard enough, one day, you’ll notice.

Every time she laughs, she hopes he’s watching, hoping that he’ll fall for her smile just as hard as she fell for his.
– k.m.

It takes one smile for you to claim me. But why it takes so much for you to notice me? 

I wonder what it's like to be loved by you.  - Wonder, Shawn Mendes- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

I wonder what it’s like to be loved by you.
– Wonder, Shawn Mendes

You’ll be surprised how much I am willing to give for it.

The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.
– Jonathan Harnisch

If one day I disappear, know that I’ve tried to say goodbye a thousand times. 

I wish I could ignore you the way you ignore me.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

I wish I could ignore you the way you ignore me.

Maybe it would be easier if I could feel less, care less and love less.

When you quit texting people first, you realize who is making all the efforts.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

When you quit texting people first, you realize who is making all the efforts.

The day that I stop sending “wyd” is the day I realize that everything is one-sided. 

Why am I so afraid to lose you when you are not even mine?

Probably because I don’t want to see my efforts all go in vain. So I train my brain to spot the tiny hints that you may love me back. But I guess I’ve wasted even more time.

I always think about you a little more than I should.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

I always think about you a little more than I should.

The truth is, I shouldn’t think about you at all. I should not re-read your texts over and over again. I shouldn’t cyber-stalking you on social media. Maybe one day I will be able to uncare like I never meet you. But I am not there yet. 

You are just another wish that will never come true.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

You are just another wish that will never come true.

We can’t force love, no matter how much we sacrifice, and that is the lesson you taught me. 

You know you really like someone when you don’t hate them for breaking your heart.

How could I blame you when you don’t even know you are the one causing my pain. Sometimes I wish you did it deliberately, to ignore me and to break my heart. At least that means I crossed your mind, right?

Dear Cupid, next time, hit both.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

Dear Cupid, next time, hit both.

“Did you love him?”
“Yes.”
“Did he love you back? “
“Sometimes.”
E.Grin 

What can I do to make the sometimes become always?

I made you a priority when all I was to you is an option.

I waited for the call that never came. I canceled plans for the date that you skipped. You didn’t say anything, but your answer is loud and clear.

Those who love more are loved less.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

Those who love more are loved less.

Maybe one time, just one time, that my prayers are answered, that he will love me as much as I love him.

“What hurt you the most?”
“My expectation.”

Quotes to quit the one-sided love

If you are looking for a reason to stop giving away your love and energy unconditionally, these one-sided love quotes are your reminders.

Sometimes you need to give up on people, not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.

One lesson I learned from unrequited love is that not everyone can love as much as you do. The more emotionally invested you are, the more you lose yourself. It’s not their obligation to love you, but yours to save yourself from heartaches.

If they don’t make an effort to keep you, why should you?

Love is not a one-way street, and you shouldn’t be doing all the bending. It’s never too late to walk away. Maybe not right away, but as long as you keep trying, one day you will be able to say goodbye.

Relationships are worth fighting for. But you can't be the only one fighting.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

Relationships are worth fighting for. But you can’t be the only one fighting.

One-sided love is not even love. It’s a bad investment that puts your emotional well-being in debt. 

At some point, you don't know each other, and you were doing just fine.- one-sided love quotes that tell a story

At some point, you don’t know each other, and you were doing just fine.

Everything will be fine in the end. If it’s not fine, it’s not the end.

No response is a response - one-sided love quotes that tell a story

No response is a response.

Actions don’t lie. What he does and doesn’t do say a lot about how he feels.

You don’t lose people when they are never good enough for you.

You deserve the same level of effort you put out. Anything beneath that is not worth waiting for. 

Sometimes you have to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve.

No feeling is final. Just because this one-sided love breaks your heart now doesn’t mean that the pain will not fade. Never underestimate your power to heal.

Stop chasing someone who is not afraid of losing you.

If he doesn’t chase you when you leave, keep going and don’t turn around. Keep going; the better is awaiting.

Which of these one-sided love quotes resonate with you?

Have you been in a one-sided relationship? Leave your stories in the comments and share with us how you managed to get out of it. Your words may help someone reading this now.

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