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  • It’s a sad song about the heartbreak of unrequited love.
  • words of kindness unrequited
  • a kindness that could not be requited by money
  • two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Second Inaugural Address

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  • if he love me to madness, I shall never requite him.
    Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The truth was, that the little Puritans, being of the most intolerant brood that ever lived, had got a vague idea of something outlandish, unearthly, or at variance with ordinary fashions, in the mother and child, and therefore scorned them in their hearts, and not unfrequently reviled them with their tongues. Pearl felt the sentiment, and requited it with the bitterest hatred that can be supposed to rankle in a childish bosom.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • The entries were all about the books Andrew liked to read, dorky boy philosophizing, a couple of melancholy passages about an unrequited crush on some girl he never named.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Leander and his never-to-be-requited love for Helene.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • Now he who confers a favor is the firmer friend, because he would rather by kindness keep alive the memory of an obligation; but the recipient is colder in his feelings, because he knows that in requiting another’s generosity he will not be winning gratitude but only paying a debt.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • But Scott was widely understood to be Butorsky’s buddy, so nothing had ever been done about the odd, perhaps unrequited affair taking place in plain view.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • There are stories of elopements, unrequited love, family feuds, and exhausting vendettas, which everyone was drawn into, had to be involved with.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I returned Sophie’s squeeze with the clumsy pressure of unrequited love, and realized as I did so that I was so horny my balls had begun to ache.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Was groundless, hopeless, unrequited obsession any way to waste the rest of my life?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited," he said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The kindness of my uncle and aunt can never be requited.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • If he would despise me, I would forgive him; for if he love me to madness, I shall never requite him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Hassan slumps to the asphalt, his life of unrequited loyalty drifting from him like the windblown kites he used to chase.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • If any wretch have put this in your head, Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Was it permitted to believe that there was nowhere upon the earth, or above the earth, a heaven for hogs, where they were requited for all this suffering?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • For a long time we went everywhere together, but aside from that, my love was unrequited until Peter crossed my path.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Mr. Wopsle, as the ill-requited uncle of the evening’s tragedy, fell to meditating aloud in his garden at Camberwell.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Your unrequited rectitude is the only hold they have upon you.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye beholds, which are requited with no renown, which are saluted with no BOOK FIFTH.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And may the gods requite those insolent puppies for the game they play in a home not their own.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Then is it not probable that this Englishman may be some one who, grateful for a kindness your father had shown him, and which he himself had forgotten, has taken this method of requiting the obligation?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A woman must have broken his heart, they imagined, because surely no man would behave as he did for any reason but the suffering of unrequited love?
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • That it did, sir, i’ the very throat o’ me; but I requited him for his lie; and, I think, being too strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime, yet I made a shift to cast him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • For while I like you immensely, I do not love you and it would be tragic indeed for you to suffer twice from unrequited love, wouldn’t it, dear?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Unlike some sufferers, he never spoke of his unrequited passion, and would allow no one, not even Mrs. March, to attempt consolation or offer sympathy.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Numb, Eragon sat upon a rotting log and buried his face in his hands, weeping that his affection for Arya was doomed to remain unrequited, and weeping that he had driven her further away.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • My dukedom since you have given me again, I will requite you with as good a thing; At least bring forth a wonder, to content ye As much as me my dukedom.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Did he sip every flower, and change every hour, until Polly his passion requited?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Here is my promise, and it will be kept: winnings three times as rich, in due season, you shall have in requital for his arrogance.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Just like a bunch of unrequited lovers.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Report said that this young lady cherished an unrequited affection for a man who had resolved to marry for wealth.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • I pray you all, If you have hitherto conceal’d this sight, Let it be tenable in your silence still; And whatsoever else shall hap to-night, Give it an understanding, but no tongue: I will requite your loves.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Tom dropped upon his knees with a glad cry— "God requite thy mercy, O my King, and save thee long to bless thy land!"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • And just to keep things in perspective, from the "Some-Things-Never-Change" department, an unrequited crush from high school wrote to wish me well and gently reminded me why I was way too nerdy for her back then (also letting slip that she’d gone on to marry a real doctor).
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Fool, I’ll requite it in the highest degree: I pr’ythee be gone.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Of course, it is also possible that her unrequited love and the attendant despair sapped her of her powers; that can happen.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Love me! why, it must be requited.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • The theme of unrequited love was introduced as early as 1774 by Goethe in his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, which thou shalt find I will most kindly requite.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Youth enwrapped them; the song of Phaethon announced passion requited, love attained.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • She often feels settled and ready to sleep after church, but Bishop’s message tonight about temptation didn’t move her; in fact, it left her feeling unrequited and a little edgy.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He gave her in requital of all things else which ye had taken from me.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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