60 One-Sided Friendship Quotes for Those Who Need a Reality Check

One of the saddest and loneliest things in the world is a one-sided friendship. In fact, you can argue that no such thing exists because friendship does not exist where one does not reciprocate. If you are caught in this kind of relationship, it’s time to let go. 

One-Sided Friendship Quotes

You might think it’s lonely, but trust me, it’s lonelier to be with somebody who doesn’t genuinely want to be around you than being in your own comfortable company. By letting go, you even increase your chances of finding your people – people who appreciate you for you.

Read these one-sided friendship quotes and get the courage to cut ties with fake friends.

sir francis bacon quote

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship. – Sir Francis Bacon

I just tell them to my corner, ’cause no one else would care.

Love is a two-way game, you cannot truly love one who does not love you, and neither can you force them to love you, better look past the hurtful deeds and search for the one who truly loves you and that will be right with you. – Auliq Ice

Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.

Friendship is two-sided. It isn’t a friend just because someone’s doing something nice for you. That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage – it’s two-sided. – John Wooden

You need something quote

Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot I only exist when you need something.

Friends are proved by adversity. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Perhaps, that is the way of friends, to love one another for their imperfections, not despite them. – Scott Wilbanks

Believe in people

When people treat you like they don’t care, believe them.

Taking friendships for granted is one of the surest ways of ending them. Unless nourished, they tend to wither and die. Unless we earnestly desire its continuance we should never start a friendship any more than we would a love affair. – Alice Hegan Rice

But for the moment, I really just need some space. – Margo T. Rose

Watering artificial flowers will not make them grow. Stop pouring your energy into one-sided relationships. – John Mark Green

Hard pill to swallow quote

Hard pills to swallow: If they wanna talk to you, the will. If they wanna be with you, they will. If they wanna make things work, they will. Don’t let things be one sided. It’s not healthy and it’s not fair to you.

Keep the ones that heard you when you never said a word.

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. – Robert Southey

I’m controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me – Oscar Levant

mandy hale quote

You don’t lose friends because real friends can never be lost. You lose people masquerading as friends, and you’re better for it. – Mandy Hale

Sometimes, your circle decreases in size, but increases in value.

If the feelings are mutual the effort will be equal. – Steve Maraboli

One sure way to lose another woman’s friendship is to try to improve her flower arrangements. – Marcelene Cox

euginia herlihy quote

A one sided friendship brings exhaustion and there’s no one deserves to be sucked dry. – Euginia Herlihy

All the things that you said when you thought I wasn’t there,

Friendship is a two way street not a one way road.

Invest on people who invest their time and affection on you.

andrew sean greer quote

It’s just that, you know how it is in some relationships, how one of them is a little more in love. Well, it’s like that with friendships. Sometimes one of them thinks they’re really close, closer than they are. And the other doesn’t feel that way. – Andrew Sean Greer

One sided friendship and two sided love… always gives you a lot of pain, nothing more than that!!! – S. Pandey

The one-sided friendship – It was all the game of priority, it was an unbalanced friendship, were, it was you above everything for me, and, it was I below anything for you, and now we broke to the state, were, everything, anything and nothing sounded similar. – Piyushkuhad

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear. – Maya Angelou

oprah winfrey quote

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. – Oprah Winfrey

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

Friendships should not be one sided. Because one of the two people will be left feeling empty. – Shanita Rogers

Friendship between two women is always a plot against another one. – Alphonse Karr

end a one-sided phone call

The best way to end a phone call from a one-sided so-called friend is to start talking about yourself or your family.

If you have to constantly make an effort to be friends with someone unavailable, that friendship isn’t worth it.

Sometimes, we expect more from our friends because we would be willing to do that much for them.

You shouldn’t be available for someone who doesn’t even ask how you are.

christie williams quote

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

Our deepest fear is going space crazy through loneliness. The only thing that helps me keep my slender grip on reality is the friendship I have with my collection of singing potatoes. – Holly, Red Dwarf

Choose people who choose you.

An honest answer is the sign of true friendship. – E.W. Howe

It takes both sides to build a bridge quote

It takes both sides to build a bridge.

One friend in a storm is worth more than a thousand friends in sunshine.

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C.S. Lewis

Friendship is a two-way street. If there’s only giving from one side, it’s not friendship but a free ride.

People who are good for you soul quote

Be around people who will be good for your soul.

That way, when I’m with you, I can keep a cheerful face,

One way to tell if you’re really comfortable with a person is if you can be quiet together sometimes and not feel awkward. If you don’t feel obligated to say something brilliant or funny or surprising or cool. You can just be together. You can just be. – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Could you be nostalgic for a friendship that wasn’t over yet or did the fact that you were nostalgic mean that it already was? – Brit Bennett

Never forget who ignored you

Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask.

Not only one sided love…but one sided friendships also do exists… – Rupali Negi

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

I‘m going back to my parrot head friends. – Jimmy Buffett

matt brown quote

It take two givers to keep a friendship strong. One sided friendship can’t last long. Be grateful for the true friends on the journey. – Matt Brown

When you finally realize that one-sided friendships are too draining and it may just be time to move along

I’m not ignoring you, I’m waiting to see if you’ll make the effort for once.

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. – Stephen Chbosky

Crossing oceans quote

There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn’t jump puddles for you.

It’s sad when you realize you’re not as important to someone you hold dear as you thought you were.

People will notice the change in your attitude towards them. But they won’t notice their behavior that made you change.

I don’t give up on friendships easily, but when I do, it’s because they gave up first.