100+ One-Sided Friendship Quotes

Friendships can come to an end just like romantic relationships. Most of all it feels like the most painful. And yes even the strongest bond can be broken, it is either one person does the majority of the work and the other does nothing. You may provide 100% of the support and the other gives nothing. When your friend needs help, you run the extra mile to meet their needs, but when it’s you who needs help, he or she deliberately ignores you and sometimes even with excuses. 

Genuine friends are trustworthy, genuine friends should be your number one supporter, and genuine friends should be there for you as much as you are for them. 

If you’re looking for one-sided friendship quotes, then you are in the right place. In this article, I have compiled the most relevant 100+ one-sided friendship quotes that you will relate to. 

100+ one-sided friendship quotes

Are you having a one side love or a friendship falling apart in a relationship that used to be genuine? May the following one-sided friendship quote inspire you to stay positive and overcome.

  1. “Watering artificial flowers will not make them grow. Stop pouring your energy into one-sided relationships” – John Mark Green
  1. “If the feelings are mutual the effort will be equal.” – Steve Maraboli
  1. “One-sided friendships take and never truly give.” —Perri O. Blumberg, Women’s Health
  1. “A one-sided friendship brings exhaustion and no one deserves to be sucked dry.” – Euginia Herlihy
  1. “I’m not ignoring you, I’m waiting to see if you’ll make the effort for once.”–Unknown 
  1. “People will hold your hand through the darkness but then let go when they find the light.”–Unknown
  1. “Love is a two-way game, you cannot truly love one who doesn’t 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
  1. “Everyone has their own life, but what matters is whether or not they make time for you in theirs.” —Lucy Smith, A Conscious Rethink
  1. “When someone walks out of your life, let them. There’s no use in wasting your time on people that leave you. What you make of yourself and your future is no longer tied to them. Yeah, you may miss them. But remember that you weren’t the one that gave up.”–Unknown
  1. “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
  1. “You shouldn’t be always available for someone who doesn’t even ask how you are doing”–Unknown
  1. “It takes 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
  1. “It seems like I am the one who always makes the effort to pick up the phone and call just to say hi, or say what’s up! feel like our friendship is one-sided”–Unknown
  1. “Not everyone will like you, but we expect our friends to”
  1. “Perhaps, that is the way of friends, to love one another for their imperfections, not despite them”– Scott Wilbanks
  1. “Friendship is every day, not just when it’s convenient for you.”–Unknown
  1. “But for the moment, I really just need some space” – Margo T. Rose
  1. “Remove yourself from one-sided friendships. Are there people in your life who love having you as their friend, but don’t necessarily show up as yours? Remember that it’s a privilege for someone to hold space for you and be in your life. Remove anyone who isn’t appreciating and reciprocating love, support, and friendship.”–Unknown 
  1. “Being the only one to try to maintain [a] friendship sucks and is exhausting.” –Jillian Baker, The Odyssey
  1. “Friendship is a two-way street, not a one-way road”–Unknown
  1. “There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn’t jump puddles for you” –Unknown
  1. “Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot I only exist when you need something.”                                        
  1. “You can’t keep on investing in a person, getting no returns.” —Hanan Parvez, Psych Mechanics
  1. “One-sided friendship…they both were best friends- (according to the society) The first girl was better than the second girl in every sense…In looks, in talent, in studies, in manners and to conclude everything…But the second girl was best in “perpetuating friendship” which the first girl never realized and neither did the society…” – Shivani Iyer
  1. “Dealing with friends that treat your friendships one-sided can cause emotional wear” –Unknown
  1. “The sad truth is that there are some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose to them, they will leave. The good news is, if you touch it out, you’ll eventually weed these people out of your life and be left with some great people you can count on. We rarely lose friends and lovers, we just gradually figure out who our real ones are.” –Unknown
  1. “Friendship should be two-sided, not one-sided “
  1. “Don’t ignore the effort of a person who tries to keep in touch, it’s not all the time someone cares.”
  1. “Choose people who choose you.”–Unknown 
  1. “My biggest mistake ever is thinking that people actually cared for me as much as I do for them, but in reality, it’s almost always one-sided.” —Unknown
  1. “The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.” – Sir Francis Bacon
  1. “If I cut you off, chances are you handed me scissors.”–Unknown
  1. “Sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much for them”–Unknown
  1. “Not only one-sided love…but one-sided friendships also do exist…” – Rupali Negi
  1. “One-sided friendships can leave you confused and hurt.” –Crystal Raypole, Healthline
  1. “When you finally realize that one-sided friendships are too draining and it may just be time to move on”–Unknown
  1. “No relationship in this world ever remains warm and close unless good effort is made on both sides to keep it so.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  1. “Friendships should not be one-sided. Because one of the two people will be left feeling empty.” – Shanita Rogers
  1. “Sometimes people won’t understand how you feel until it happens to them until they experience the pain.” – Brigitte Nicole
  1. “Your friend says they care, but their consistent disinterest loudly suggests otherwise.” —Crystal Raypole, Healthline
  1. “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
  1. “If you have to constantly put in the effort to be friends with someone, that friendship isn’t worth it”–Unknown
  1. “The only way to have a friend is to be one”–Ralph Waldo E
  1. “But everyone is not the same as us.”–Unknown
  1. “It took me way too long to realize that you shouldn’t be friends with people who never ask how you’re doing.” —Steve Maraholi
  1. “The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear. – Maya Angelou
  1. “If you mean to them, they will make you a priority.”Unknown 
  1. “I don’t give up on friendships easily, but when I do, it’s because they gave up first” –Unknown
  1. “Friendship is an empty word if it only works one way.” —Unknown
  1. “Oh, you expected me to keep in contact with you, but not vice-versa? My bad, I forgot that’s how friendship worked.”–Unknown
  1. Never get too attached to anyone unless they also feel the same towards you, because one-sided expectations can mentally destroy you.”–Unknown   
  1. “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
  1. “You can’t call the friendship real if only one person is trying to keep it real.”
  1. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” – Stephen Chbosky
  1. “Simple things like cutting you off, blowing off what you have to say, talking over you, and so on, are all signs of a one-sided friendship.” —Sarah Regan, MBG Relationships
  1. “One-sided friendship and two-sided love… always gives you a lot of pain, nothing more than that!!!” – S. Pandey
  1. “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

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  1. “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 close, closer than they are. And the other doesn’t feel that way” – Andrew Sean Greer
  1. “If a friendship is off-balance, one person takes up too much space and the other person takes up too little.” —Perri O. Blumberg, Women’s Health
  1. “Thanks for saying you’ll always be there for me and then selectively deciding when to be there for me.”Unknown
  1. “Friends are proved by adversity.”– Marcus Tullius Cicero
  1. “The one-sided friendship – It was all the game of priority, it was an unbalanced friendship, where, 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
  1. “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
  1. “Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask”–Unknown
  1. “Remove yourself from those one-sided friendships where you are the only one putting in the effort.”Unknown
  1. “When you finally realize that one-sided friendships are too draining and it may just be time to move along.”Unknown
  1. “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
  1. “What’s the point if you can’t show your effort!” Unknown 
  1. “I’m controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me” – Oscar Levant
  1. “Friendship is a two-way street.” —Jillian Baker, The Odyssey
  1. “These kinds of one-sided friendships can negatively impact your well-being because they are energy drains instead of energy sources.” –Perri O. Blumberg, Women’s Health
  1. “One-sided friendships can be built on foundations of loneliness, insecurity, and anxiety.” —Lucy Smith, A Conscious Rethink
  1. “Friendship is supposed to be a two-way street where both parties have equal rights and equal obligations” —Nato Lagidze, IdeaPod
  1. “I decided to put as much effort into contacting you as you do with me, that’s why we don’t talk anymore”–Unknown 
  1. “It took me way too long to realize that you shouldn’t be friends with people who never ask how you’re doing.”
  1. I don’t want it if I have to force it”
  1. “I give my 100% and if I can’t get even an 80, I’m done with what it is “
  1. “I expect you to speak as good of me as I do for you. That’s what friendship is all about “ 
  1. “Friendship is a relationship between two people who hold mutual affection for each other; friendly disposition or feeling for another; the bond of friends.”
  1. “One-sided friendship gets as much as one-sided love does “ 
  1. “It is called friendship, not pretense ship”
  1. Why not walk away instead of wasting one’s time, the one who called you a friend? 
  1. “My biggest mistake ever is thinking that people actually cared for me as much as I do for them, but in reality, it’s almost always one-sided.”–Unknown
  1. “I will rather be alone than be someone who is masquerading as a friend to me”
  1. “I don’t want an unbalanced friendship, I want one where my energy is returned too.”
  1. “I wish I could catch the whiff of a negative friend as soon as they walk in. But I will trust my instinct for now” 
  1. “When people treat you like they don’t care, believe them”–Unknown
  1. “Be around people who will be good for your soul”–Unknown 
  1. “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.” –Unknown
  1. “I hope the universe aligns me with those who are true to me and will love me as much as I do love them”
  1. “I may be thinking I need help to weed out those who weren’t genuine to me, then I remember all I did for them and what I got. My hands work faster”
  1.  “Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don’t care, but because they don’t”–Unknown
  1. “We don’t lose friends, we just create space for the real ones to come in”
  1. “I want to have real reciprocated energy in my friendship”
  1. “If it’s one-sided, I don’t want to be there “
  1. “It might hurt, but I know what I want. My reality will be truly genuine people from now on  ” 
  1. “I hope the bond we share lasts forever. I don’t want to wake up one day realizing I gave me all to receive nothing.”
  1. “I don’t wish you realize late that your decision to them is only going to be one-sided”
  1. “Apart from offering a dead friendship, what more can you give?”
  1. “We used to be friends, but I’m glad I wasn’t the one who gave up first.”
  1. “Hard pills to swallow: If they wanna talk to you, they 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”
  1. “One of the early signs of one-sided friendship is withdrawal. Take note of that” 
  1. Invest in people who invest their time and affection in you.
  1. “One friend in a storm is worth more than a thousand friends in the sunshine”–Unknown 
  1. “I wish I knew my feelings were going to get hurt when we became friends. Now look, you are happy, while I’m questioning my sanity “ 


One significant early sign that happens in a one-sided friendship is they suddenly start being weird to you, and the next minute you are in the friendship alone because they are long gone and you never know when or how that has happened. It won’t be easy for you, but take my advice and move on too. And a pro tip…never doubt your instinct.

You should never have questions clouding your thoughts about your friendship, the minute that one question crawls into your mind, it’s a sign that you are only going to give your all and receive nothing at the end.