Love is like an Egyptian painting. Everybody's staring at the back of somebody else's head.
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
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"
"Unrequited love sucks."
— "The Vampire Diaries", Damon Salvatore
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.
— Babylon 5
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...
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.
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