“I say if you love something, set it in a small cage and pester and smother it with love until it either loves you back or dies.”
— Mindy Kaling
“I pour my heart into an unopened bottle of wine.
It has been about a week since he hasn’t responded.
Half of my bed is on the floor, sheets included.
It is Tuesday again and he loves a girl who isn’t me.”
— Danielle Shorr, “14 Days”
“i ask did you ever love me?
you say of course, of course so quickly
that you sound like someone else
i ask are you made of steel? are you made of iron?
you cry on the phone, my stomach hurts
i let you leave, i need someone who knows how to stay.”
— Warsan Shire, “the unbearable weight of staying (the end of the relationship)”
“If you have to ask someone to change, to tell you they love you, to bring wine to dinner, to call you when they land, you can’t afford to be with them.”
— Sloane Crosley
“I did not always think he was right nor did he always think I was right, but we were each the person the other trusted.”
— Joan Didion
“Love can heal and regenerate a heart, but it cannot undo a life, a past. Love can redeem, but it cannot erase.”
“Do not call him.
Fall asleep to the hum of the VCR.
She must make him happy.
She must be
She must be his favorite place in Minneapolis.
You are a souvenir shop, where he goes
to remember how much people miss him
when he is gone.”
— Sierra DeMulder, “Unrequited Love Poem”
“…in that drunken place
like to hand your heart to her
give it back.”
— Charles Bukowski
“I’m never gonna wait
that extra twenty minutes
to text you back,
and I’m never gonna play
hard to get
when I know your life
has been hard enough already.
When we all know everyone’s life
has been hard enough already
it’s hard to watch
the game we make of love,
like everyone’s playing checkers
with their scars,
whenever they get out
without a broken heart.
Just to be clear
I don’t want to get out
without a broken heart.
I intend to leave this life
there’s gonna have to be
a thousand separate heavens
for all of my flying parts.”
— Andrea Gibson, “Royal Heart”
“You say, ‘honey, how was your day?’
And I say, ‘today I wrote another poem
about your coffee cup mouth
and all the ways you still keep me up at night.’
I hear a sigh in your smile.
You make a sound that reminds me of
fighting with my bags at the airport;
but you’re still too far away.”
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
“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.”
— Neil Gaiman
“Love is hiding who you are at all times. It’s wearing make-up to bed and going downstairs to Burger King to poop.”
— 30 Rock
“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”
— Charlie Brown
“Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you’re offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone’s feelings.”
— David Sedaris
“A touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.”