Quotes / All Love Is Unrequited

"Love is like an Egyptian painting. Everybody's staring at the back of somebody else's head."

"Love's another sterile gift, another shit condition
That keeps us seeing just the one and others not existing"
Crass, "Smother Love"

"Jessie is a friend, yeah
I know he's been a good friend of mine
But lately something's changed that ain't hard to define
Jessie's got himself a girl and I want to make her mine"
Rick Springfield, "Jessie's Girl"

"Why can't you want me like the other boys do?
They stare at me while I crave you"
— "Crave You" by Flight Facilities

"Without me, his world would go on turning,
A world that's full of happiness that I have never known!
I love him
I love him
I love him
But only on my own"
Eponine, "On My Own", Les MisÚrables

"I guess if someone doesn't love you back,
It isn't such a crime,
But there's a fine, fine line
Between love and a waste of your time"

"Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been, lives in a dream"
The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby"

"You love her
But she loves him
And he loves somebody else
You just can't win
And so it goes
Until the day you die
This thing they call Love
Is gonna make you cry"
— "Love Stinks," The J. Geils Band

"It's mad, to be in love with someone else
When you're in love with he, and she's in love with me
But you know as well as I do I can never think of anyone but you"
Pet Shop Boys, "I Want To Wake Up"

"Lonely men seek companionship. Lonely women sit at home and wait. They never meet."
— Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love."
Charlie Brown, Peanuts

"Unrequited love is not romantic. It is lonely and desperate."
— "The World Is a Waiting Lover: Desire and the Quest for the Beloved", Thomas Moore

"Unrequited love sucks."
Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries

Miss Piggy: You may have noticed I have given my love to Kermit. You may also have noticed his reluctance in returning same.
Scooter: Oh... so you want me to get your love from Kermit and give it back to you? Oh, OK. Where does he keep it?
Miss Piggy: Amusing little twit, isn't he?

Dr. Franklin: I guess that's one way to deal with unrequited love, huh?
Ivanova: All love is unrequited, Stephen. All of it.

"The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person."

"Takumi loves Suzune-chan. Suzune-chan loves you. And you, you love Katagiri-san. ...That's how things are going."
Kouji Tamura to the Main Protagonist, Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series Vol.2: Irodori no Love Song

"I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
Pudge, Looking for Alaska

Fiona: You like this girl, don't you?
Charles: Yes. Yes, it's... It's a strange thing when at last it happens and she's marrying someone else. How about you, Fifi? Have you identified a future partner for life yet?
Fiona: No need, really. The deed is done. I've been in love with the same bloke for ages.
Charles: Have you? Who's that?
Fiona: You, Charlie. It's always been you, since first we met. It was so many years ago. I knew the first moment, across a crowded room — a lawn, in fact. Doesn't matter. Nothing either of us can do on this one. Such is life. Friends isn't bad, you know. Friends is quite something.

"Everyone in Paris can't be like this. I mean, I've seen kids."
Zeetha (after witnessing one unrequited love too many), Girl Genius

"They want me. I want you. And you want someone else. But none of us want to turn around."
Iain Thomas, "I Wrote This For You"