10 Dating Quotes For When You Just Can’t Anymore

Modern dating isn’t easy. If you feel like calling it a day, these dating quotes can help give you the energy and motivation to keep going. Because if you do give up on love when it’s something you want, you’ll never find the happy ending you’re looking for.

  1. “Don’t allow someone not worth it to have the power to occupy your thoughts. If they don’t find you worth the effort or the time, why should you waste yours?” This quote by Donna Lynn Hope is useful to remember when you start obsessing over someone who’s not worth it. Try not to fixate on people who don’t give you the same kind of attention. Your time and effort are precious. Don’t waste them on people you meet in the dating pool who don’t give you basic respect.
  2. “Don’t look for a partner who is eye candy. Look for a partner who is soul food.” Most of us know already that we should be looking for personality over looks when it comes to finding a long-term partner. But quotes like this one from Karen Salmansohn help to solidify the lesson in our brains! Eye candy wears off. But soul food will feed you for life. Look for someone who excites your soul rather than someone whose beauty is skin-deep.
  3. “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” When all else fails, turn to Carrie Bradshaw for a little dating wisdom! This Sex and the City quote can help you to stay positive when you have no luck with dating. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t found your One yet. Focus on your positive relationships with your friends, which are just as important!
  4. “Dating is primarily a numbers game … People usually go through a lot of people to find good relationships. That’s just the way it is.” Here’s another quote from Henry Cloud that sums up the dating experience wonderfully. Take comfort in the fact that, if you keep dating, sooner or later you will meet someone worthwhile. It’s a numbers game, according to several dating gurus, so the more people you filter through, the closer you are to finding a good one.
  5. “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” Dealing with heartbreak is tough. But this quote from Mandy Hale can help you to withstand it. Though painful, heartache can help you to grow as a person. It can help you to become more confident in the long run and stop you from settling for less than you deserve.
  6. “Dating is a place to practice how to relate to other people.” This is a helpful dating quote by Henry Cloud to remember when you’re not having much luck with dating. You might feel like there’s no point in what you’re doing if you haven’t met the love of your life yet. But even if you don’t meet your soulmate through dating, it’s still useful. Dating gives you practice in dealing with other people. That’s a skill you can apply to almost anything in life!
  7. “I’ve got mates who have got married through meeting on Internet dating sites, so it really can work out—even if sometimes it does go disastrously wrong.” Think you won’t meet your forever person on Hinge? Think again! Online dating isn’t just a gimmick, even though it can feel like it sometimes. This quote from Sheridan Smith is just one example of online dating working out for people in the long run. Have faith that it can work out for you too.
  8. “Date someone who is home and an adventure all at once.” If you can’t work out quite what you’re looking for in the dating world, perhaps this quote can help. When it comes to searching for true love, look for someone who feels familiar and safe like home, but who still has an element of fun, mystery, and adventure.
  9. “Dignity will only happen when you realize that having someone in your life doesn’t validate your worth.” Ultimately, finding your soulmate won’t make you worth more as a person. If you haven’t found them yet, remember these words by  Shannon L. Alder. When you realize that a relationship doesn’t affect your worth as a person, you will feel happier and more confident.
  10. “First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.” Yas, Maya Angelou! If you focus on heartache and risk of being hurt again, you will probably want to give up on dating. But the truth is losing love and the pain that goes with it is preferable to the numbness of never having loved at all. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, be vulnerable and risk heartbreak (while keeping your wits about you, of course!). It’s part of the human condition and the world we live in. Life and love are there to be experienced.
Vanessa Locampo is an Aussie writer who’s equally obsessed with YA fiction and pasta. Her time is divided between writing all the things, reading all the things, listening to Queen, and bopping her cat on the nose. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and has written for sites including Hotsprings.co and Discovering Montana, and currently works as an editor at Glam. You can keep up with her on Instagram @vanessaellewrites.