You love her but she loves him
And he loves somebody else you just can't win
And so it goes till the day you die
This thing they call love it's gonna make you cry
I've had the blues the reds and the pinks
One thing for sure
— J. Geils Band - Love Stinks
Love is not some victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
—Leonard Cohen (and many, many others), Hallelujah
Well it's worse than war, it's worse than death
There ain't too many left who ain't been
Eaten by the monster of love
(Don't let it get me)
Buy a dog and that might help
Sometimes though, a dog gets grabbed
And eaten by the monster of love
(Don't let it get me)
It ain't a pretty sight to see the way it leaves 'em
(Don't let it get me)
It chews them up and spits out creatures with those
Goo-gooy-ey eyes, sick sickly smiles
It just isn't right"
—Sparks, "Eaten By The Monster of Love"
It's not hard to dream you'll always be my Konstantine
They'll never hurt you like I do...
— Something Corporate, Konstantine
Through the woods a girl came sadly
something broken in her chest
She had dared to love another
Alas, no better than the rest
Up my path a girl came gladly
Something opened up my doors
I longed to stop her bleeding heart
So I drew her to my shores
Those you trust will hurt you badly
something now I'm sure you'll see
So drown your tears in me, my dear
As you drown my dear, in me...
—Aetulia, Brütal Legend
Love breaks your heart.
Love takes no less than everything.
Love makes it hard,
And it fades away so easily.
—Vanessa Williams, Love Isnote
It's gilt-edged, glamorous and sleek by design
You know it's jealous by nature, false and unkind
It's hard and restrained and it's totally cool
It touches and teases while you stumble in the debris.
—Eurythmics, Love is a Stranger
And I'd rather be crazy
I'd rather go insane
Than having you stalk my every thought
Than having you here inside my heart.
—Lose My Mind, The Wanted
Amidst the demise of reason, longing
For a kiss that lingers upon his lips
Like a contagion that devours the life
From the still-beating heart beneath his chest.
— "The Wanderer" poem
"Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' or 'how very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love."
Angelica: After all, I'm playing the most dangerous game of all!
Chuckie: Musical Chairs?
Angelica: No, dummy! Love!
—Rugrats, Angelica's in Love
"Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same."
—Cersei Lannister, A Clash of Kings
“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
—Pip, Great Expectations
I wonder on what principle some people are given beautiful Queens to marry and others are given nobody or worse than nobody.
We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.
—Maester Aemon, A Game of Thrones
"This is love. When someone drags you from the wreckage when you have given in, ready to just lie there and die. This is love. When someone, no matter what the cost, shows you there is hope, a choice, that you can put down your gun. This is love. Love Hurts"
"I must love him for all eternity, despite how painful, aching, excruciating it is..."
— Yasu, Umineko no Naku Koro ni
She came with the spring breeze. Why is she here? Why did she come back from my buried memories.....?
There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless - it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
Egbert: "Guy. You're not pining over that girl?"
Guy: "Pining? Men don't pine. Girls pine. Men just... suffer."
— The Gay Divorcee'
Patty: He goes out of his way to hurt me.
David: Young men in love are always cruel.
Mama told me what I should know:
"Too much candy gonna rot your soul
If she loves you, let her go
'Cause love only gets you down"
— Mika, Lollipop
Only love can hurt like this
— Paloma Faith (from the song of the same name)