To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.
Real loss only occurs when you lose something that you love more than yourself.
Dorothy Parker, A Very Short Song
Once when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that was very bad.
Love is for unlucky folk.
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.
I loved him. He needed time to think and that was ok- he was worth waiting for... and waiting for... and waiting for. Finally I realized I had waited away my life for an answer he had already given me: Had he loved me back, I would not have had to wait.
Charlotte Bronte, Parting
There's no use in weeping,
Though we are condemned to part:
There's such a thing as keeping,
A remembrance in one's heart...
Nothing ends nicely, that's why it ends.
Henry David Thoreau
What right have I to grieve, who have not ceased to wonder?
Miguel de Unamuno
It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.
The saddest thing in the world, is loving someone who used to love you.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure
There's a lot to be said for self delusionment when it comes to matters of the heart.