65 One Sided Relationship Quotes to Help You Find a Way Forward in Your Life

Being in a one sided relationship isn’t fun.

You’re there when they need something. A listening ear. A ride to the airport. Kindness and love when times are tough.

But when you need something then they don’t help out the way you’ve done. They may not even answer the phone or listen when you’re trying to tell them about the tough week you’ve had.

If you are in such a situation then I hope these 65 one sided relationship quotes will be helpful for you.

To bring you some comfort and make you see you’re not alone. And more importantly, to help you find a healthy way forward starting today.

And if you want even more self-kind motivation then check out this post with quotes on being proud of yourself and this one filled with being different quotes.

Relatable One Sided Relationship Quotes

One Sided Relationship Quotes to Help You Find a Way Forward in Your Love Life

“There’s nothing quite as sad as a one-sided love. When one doesn’t care at all and the other cares too much.”
Dolly Parton

“One sided love is never gonna work. So let me tell you something that I’m sure you’ve never heard of tender love and care in case you’re unaware.”
Mandy Moore

“One sided relationships are filled with so much hope that gets undercut every time you need something and ends in disappointment.”

“A person doesn’t know true hurt and suffering until they’ve felt the pain of falling in love with someone whose affections lie elsewhere.”
Rose Gordon

“A relationship is nothing if all the feelings, sacrifices, contributions and hard work are only coming from one end.”

“I don’t want a one-sided relationship… I want a relationship where both sides always put effort, time and love into making things last.”

“Perhaps unrequited love was a specter in the house, a presence that brushed at the edge of senses, a heat in the dark, and a shadow under the sun.”
Sherry Thomas

“There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who won’t even jump a puddle for you.”

“Maybe I was destined to forever fall in love with people I couldn’t have. Maybe there’s a whole assortment of impossible people waiting for me to find them. Waiting to make me feel the same impossibility over and over again.”
Carol Rifka Brunt

“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.”

“If you know you can’t take it, then baby, why try to give it? Cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.”
Elvis Presley

“You can put all your effort in trying to make someone happy… but there comes a time when we become tired of trying to fill a bucket that is leaking from the inside.”
Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes no matter how many eyelashes or dandelion seeds you blow, no matter how much of your heart you tear out and slap on your sleeve, it just ain’t gonna happen.”
Melissa Jensen

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

“My silence is just another word for my pain. A love like I have for you, I’ll never, ever know again.”
Vicki Case

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

“The right person will pursue you with clear intentions, have upfront communication, consistent effort, and never would lead you on.”
Michael Bliss

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Insightful One Sided Effort Relationship Quotes

“No relationship in this world ever remains warm and close unless good effort is made on both sides to keep it so.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“One sided relationship is no relationship at all. The relationship blossoms when there is trust, love and affection between all concerned.”
Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma

“Relationships are worth fighting for, but sometimes you can’t be the only one fighting.”
Emily Christine

“For so long, I’ve only had one-sided feelings for other people. I’ve completely forgotten how good it feels to be loved.”
Hinako Takanaga

”You have so much power over me to make me happy or sad. Yet the only thing you’ve ever done has been the latter by saying no.”

“Truth is: everybody is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
Bob Marley

“Those who show lack of effort with themselves, will not be capable of making any extra effort for you.”
Christine Szymanski

“Unrequited love is all right in books and things, but in real life, it completely sucks.”
Meg Cabot

“I had discovered that there was something more painful than falling in love with someone who hasn’t fallen for you; hurting that person-hurting him and not being able to do anything about it.”
Elizabeth Chandler

“I decided to put as much effort into contacting you as you do with me – that’s why we don’t talk anymore.”

“Love isn’t always perfect. It isn’t a fairy tale or storybook. And it doesn’t always come easy.”
Linda Lapointe

“Any relationship (friend, romantic or business) that’s one sided isn’t one; it’s a one way street headed in one direction nowhere. Cultivation requires input from willing participants.”
T.F. Hodge

Wise One Sided Relationship Quotes

“Some say that one sided love is better than none, but like half a loaf of bread, it is likely to grow hard and moldy sooner.”
Eric Berne

“Relationships fail because people take their own insecurities and try and twist them into their partner’s flaws.”
Baylor Barbee

“Love is not really a mystery. It is a process like anything else. A process that requires trust, effort, focus, and commitment by two willing partners.”
Elizabeth Bourgeret

“You can sacrifice and not love. But you cannot love and not sacrifice.”
Kris Vallotton

“Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.”
Nick Richardson

“If you wanna be hugged. Well, you’ve gotta hug me, too. Yeah, ’cause I ain’t for no one-sided love affair.”

“Effort is a two way thing. If someone wanted to put in effort, they would, so there’s no point chasing.”

“If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance & in the negative! Know when to close the account.”
Christie Williams

“Love and meaningful relationships are vital to physical and emotional well-being.”
Deepak Chopra

“In a relationship, no amount of extra effort on your part can make up for a lack of effort on theirs.”
John Mark Green

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never fall in love with someone that won’t fight for you because when the real battles begin they won’t pull your heart to safety, but they will their own.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Love is a lot like flowers. With enough effort and time, it can blossom into something beautiful and unforgettable. But with neglect and dispassion, it can die and be lost forever.”
Jocelyn Sanchez

Also, check out this post with thought on handling liars and dishonesty.

Short One Sided Relationship Quotes

“Nobody’s home but me. I’m the only one hangin’ on one-sided love.”
Brooke Hogan

“A one sided relationship is doomed to fail because resentment from the one side trying will always build up.”

“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot. ”
John Green

“Getting out of a one sided love affair starts with you. With what you think you are worth and changing your self-esteem for the better.”

“Relations are beautiful only when they are not one sided.”
Garima Soni

“One word from you would make my whole day bright, dear crush.”

“One sided friendships are so common because one person puts up with a toxic person for too long, hoping they will change.”

“Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.”
Gloria Steinem

“Don’t put yourself in a situation where there are only one sided expectations, because it will only tear you down.”

“Make every effort matter, and always make the following effort better than the last one.”
Hermann J Steinherr

“People do incredible things for love, particularly for unrequited love”

“Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.”
Christina Westover

“This may be the only life you get. So don’t waste time on people who don’t feel the same way about you as you do about them.”

“If you’re making a conscious effort… someone should be meeting you on the same page.”
Turcois Ominek

“Loving someone who will never love you back is like going to war and standing in the line of fire with your arms wide open.”

“A wounded deer leaps highest.”
Emily Dickinson

“When you quit texting people first, you realize who is making all the effort.”

“If people put in the same effort to keep you as they did to get you, most relationships would last.”
Rashida Rowe

”No person should be taught that love is how much shit you can tolerate from someone.”

“In the end, we all just want someone that chooses us, over everyone else, under any circumstances.”

“It takes both sides to build a bridge.”
Fredrik Nael

“One sided feelings are tempting but in the end will just be a waste of time if you’re truly honest with yourself.”

“Love isn’t always perfect. It isn’t a fairy tale or storybook. And it doesn’t always come easy.”
Linda Lapointe

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Want even more inspiration? Check out this post with quotes about the effort you put into a relationship and how to deepen that love. Plus, this unexpected falling in love quotes post may delight and help you.

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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehacker, HuffPost and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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