Secret love can be very exciting but also painful. If you have to hide your relationship with a loved one, you most certainly know the feeling.

While every couple’s out there sharing their funny love stories, you have to keep quiet and pretend that you’re single.

If your love isn’t hurting anyone (if it’s not cheating, duh) we are sure it’s a beautiful love story so we want to share some amazing inspirational quotes about people hiding their love.

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Even though there are a thousand stories, books and songs about secret lovers out there, sometimes one sentence expresses your feelings best.

We’re sure what you have is true love, that’s why we made this collection of secret lovers quotes for you.

SECRET LOVE QUOTES: The best quotes on hidden love

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1. “There is nothing better for the spirit or the body than a love affair. It elevates the thoughts and flattens the stomachs.” – Barbara Howar

2. “A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.” – Heraclitus

3. “… and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.” – Charlotte Brontë

4. “Some of the best moments in life are the ones you can’t tell anyone about.” – Unknown

5. “I wanted to tell you all my secrets but you became one of them instead.” – Unknown

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6. “In the bottom of my heart lies a secret which I have never told a soul in the world. There is an image of this person who is dearest to me and closer than anything else.” – Melanie Rock

7. “The hours I spend with you go by the fastest, but they are the hours I look forward to the most.” – Unknown

8. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

9. “He is stronger than anyone I know, and warmer than anyone realizes; he is a secret that I have kept and will keep for the rest of my life.” – Veronica Roth

10. “Hard to sit here and be close to you, and not kiss you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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11. “How flippantly we all treat a secret love, like a joke, something cute, as if it’s just a sweet little thing to pat. But when we are the secret lover, we hold our breath with each word they speak, we long so desperately for their touch, even just brief, we could almost bleed we long for it so. And when they find a lover, we feel like a shadow, longing to be seen as real, until we finally learn we have nothing more to do than to fade away from their light.” – Stephanie Schneider

12. “I hid my love in field and town Till e’en the breeze would knock me down’ The bees seemed singing ballads o’er, The fly’s bass turned a lion’s roar; And even silence found a tongue, To haunt me all the summer long; The riddle nature could not prove Was nothing else but secret love.” – John Clare

13. “I like to have a secret love affair, a hidden life, something to lie about.” ― Graham Greene

SECRET LOVE QUOTATIONS: Sad quotes about hiding emotions

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1. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

2. “Where secrecy reigns, carelessness, and ignorance delight to hide while skill loves the light.” – Daniel C. Gelman

3. “You’re standing there with your man, but I see you lookin’ at me, and so I gave you a little smile, then you smile back at me.” – Three Plus

4. “I think we’re just going to have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that.” – Margot Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums

5. “A wise man’s bosom is the safe of his secrets.” – Ali bin Abu-Talib

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6. “I’ll be your best kept secret and your biggest mistake.” – Fall Out Boy

7. “He wanted her. She’d never tell. Secretly she wanted him as well.” – Avril Lavigne

8. “The extreme form of passionate love is secret love.” – Japanese proverb

9. “I’m afraid to lose you and you’re not even mine.” – Drake

10. “Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.” – Aphra Behn

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11. “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” – Pablo Neruda

12. “There is no secret left in the fact that I am madly in love with you. My happiness glows on my face and my smile gives it away. I have tried hard but now I can’t do that anymore.” – Sheila Johns

13. “My hands still remember what it was like to hold you in our secret hours of the night.” – William C. Hannan

14. “I don’t know why I get so protective and jealous over you when you’re not even mine.” – Amarjeet Das

15. “The worst way to miss someone is when they are right beside you and yet you know you can never have them.” – Unknown

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16. “To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”– Federico García Lorca

17. “One sweet, sad secret holds my heart in thrall; A mighty love within my breast has grown; Unseen, unspoken, and of no one known; And of my sweet, who gave it, least of all.” – Félix Arvers

18. “If you love someone, tell them. For hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.” – Stephanie Roogle

19. “We’ve all at some point in our life encountered that feeling of secretly liking someone, secretly having your eyes on them, secretly wishing they knew, but deep inside you were afraid of what the outcome would be. So you kept it unnoticed. Kept it hidden, locked inside, just hoping that maybe one day that moment would finally come when they would notice you!” – Telisa McLaughlin

SAD LOVE QUOTES: The heartbreak of secret lovers

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1. “He compared her to the moon. She compared him to the sun. But they could never touch, so the stars and clouds whispered, passing along their messages and the ocean was their witness.” – Unknown

2. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” – Steve Maraboli

3. “It’s difficult for me to imagine the rest of my life without you. But I suppose I don’t have to imagine it… I just have to live it.” – Ranata Suzuki

4. “I wonder if it’s possible to have a love affair that lasts forever.” – Andy Warhol

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5. “I don’t know why I can’t stop missing you when I never really had you.” – Unknown

6. “A relationship is the rainbow between two hearts sharing seven colors of feelings; love, sadness, happiness, truth, faith, secret and respect.” – Unknown

7. “Being secretly in love with someone is the hardest feeling. You get hurt, you get jealous, you cry and you get broken… but the saddest part is he/she doesn’t know about it.” – Unknown

FALLING IN LOVE (with the wrong person) quotes: A secret lover’s broken heart

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1. “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” – Mandy Hale

2. “If you didn’t love him, this never would have happened. But you did. And accepting that love and everything that followed it is part of letting it go.” Sarah Dessen

3. “One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” – Mandy Hale

4. “Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

5. “You must be strong enough to know that love will come to you when you are ready. You must be strong enough to know when to say goodbye, and know that letting go is not weak.” – Marisa Donnelly

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6. “The truth was, he now belonged only to my past, and it was time I begin to accept it, as much as it hurt to do so.” – Tammara Webber

7. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” – Steve Maraboli

8. “Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.” – Gerald G. Jampolsky

9. “If letting go, if letting people and things work themselves out in the way that they needed to without your help was the most important thing, then it was also the hardest.” – Deb Caletti

10. “Thank you for reminding me what butterflies felt like. Our secret remains my heart’s pleasure to this day.” – Unknown

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11. “The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

12. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

13.“I have so much that I want to say to you, but I can’t say a word.” – Michelle Burns

14. “So it’s true when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.“ – E.A. Bucchianeri

SECRET CRUSH LOVE SAYINGS: The beginning of a love story

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1. “You see in all my life I’ve never found. What I couldn’t resist, what I couldn’t turn down. I could walk away from anyone I ever knew. But I can’t walk away from you.” – Billy Joel

2. “My best friend is my secret crush. I love him in a way he loves another girl, and he loves me like a sister.” – Unknown

3. “Don’t have to be a genius. To figure what’s between us.” – Charlie Midnight, Lauren Christy, Scott Spock, Graham Edwards

4. “The spaces between your fingers are meant to be filled with mine.” – Unknown

5. “Loving you is like breathing. How can I stop?” – Unknown

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6. “I’ll be yours forever, just tell me when to start.” – Unknown

7. “Cause sometimes I just can’t ignore. The way I feel when I see you smile.” – Steve Soto, Jim Donoho

8. “When I see you, I admit I start to lose my grip and all of my cool.” – Kara DioGuardi, Patrik Berger

9. “You’re my secret crush, you’re my favorite daydream.” – Unknown

10. “If my love for you is a crime, I want to be the most wanted criminal.” – Unknown

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11. “You know that feeling when your head says no, but your heart says yes? It’s wrong, but it feels so right? I wish we could be together.” – Unknown

12. “Ever since I met you, it hasn’t been the same. All you’ve got me doing is drawing hearts around your name.” – Unknown

13. “The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.” – Amelia Barr

14. “I pretended to look around, but I was looking at you.” – Unknown

15. “I’m so glad you are in my life, but I want to be more than this.” – Unknown

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16. “I was praying that you and me might end up together… It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert.” – Ron Pope, Zach Berkman

17. “If you don’t stop staring at a girl you cannot have, you will never see one you can.” – Unknown

18. “When someone says, ‘You two should go out!’ And you’re there like… I wish.” – Unknown

19. “I love you with all my life, but it’s not like you will ever know.” – Amber Hope

20. “A simple whisper from your voice. And I fade away.” – Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler

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21. “I miss you. I long for you. I secretly love you. I think about you all the time.” – Unknown

22. “It’s amazing how one little conversation can change things forever.” – Unknown

23. “I want a new life. And I want it with you.” – Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis

If you liked these secret lovers quotes and want to continue in this sad quotes manner, maybe you should take a look at our motivational quotes for those whose love isn’t returned.

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